In the Hebrew Bible the first book of the Pentateuch is named for its first word: bĕrēʾšı̂t, “in the beginning.” “Genesis” is a Latinized form of Gk. genesis, “origin,” which is the title in the LXX. This word describes the contents, whereas “First Book of Moses” has reference to the early traditional author.
2. Contents and Structure
Genesis forms part of the longer Pentateuchal narrative, but it is also a relatively self-contained whole. It tells th…