Welcome to the LitCharts study guide on Anonymous's Genesis. Created by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides.
Genesis: Plot Summary
Genesis: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Genesis: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Anonymous
Historical Context of Genesis
Other Books Related to Genesis
- Full Title: Genesis
- When Written: c. 6th and 5th centuries B.C.E.
- Where Written: Ancient Israel. Some scholars have speculated that parts of Genesis were written during the Jewish exile in Babylon in 6th century B.C.E.
- Literary Period: Ancient Near Eastern
- Genre: Religious literature, containing creation stories and elements of historical epic
- Setting: Ancient Mesopotamia, Israel (land of Canaan), and Egypt
- Climax: Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers, and Jacob and his sons settle in Egypt.
- Antagonist: Human disobedience and rebellion against God
- Point of View: Third-Person Omniscient
Extra Credit for Genesis
Famous First Words. The word genesis, from the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, means “generation” or “origin.” In Hebrew, the book’s title is Bereshit, from the first words, “In the beginning.”
When It All Began. The Hebrew calendar, based on medieval rabbinic calculations, traditionally dates Creation to the year 3761 B.C.E. Today, Jewish communities continue to use this calendar for the purposes of religious observance. The year 2020 C.E. corresponds to 5780/5781 on the Hebrew calendar.