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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Genesis 1:1–2:2

THEME

The creation of the universe

SETTING

Primeval period Inside the Garden of Eden, during the time covered by the first 11 chapters of Genesis.

KEY FIGURE

God Creator of the universe.

The first few words of the Bible—“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”—introduce us to its central character, God. They also reveal the universal scope of the Bible’s narrative, from the heavens to the Earth, and present its overarching theme—the relationship between God and everything else. With so much covered in so few words, it is not surprising that the start of Genesis is considered to be one of the ...

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