Study Guide

Book of Genesis Figures

The Deity (God)

The Big Other. The Guy Upstairs. The Top Dog. The Power That Be. Creator. Judge. Father. Whatever...

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve usually get a pretty bad rap. After all, their story is normally referred to as The...

Cain and Abel

Cain: the first murderer.This guy is Adam and Even's firstborn son, but he sure doesn't live up...

Noah and Sons

Noah's Ark.No doubt you've heard of it. We mean, come on. This story is portrayed on little...

Abraham

Abraham is kind of a big deal. He's like George Washington is for Americans or like Joss Whedon...

Sarah

Sarah is the diva of Israel. Her big claim to fame is that God chooses her (over all of Abraham's...

Lot

Lot is one unlucky dude.Bad things just keep happening to this poor guy. He's an immigrant, just...

Hagar

Time to face the hard facts: Hagar's story is basically that of an abused woman. Three basic...

Isaac

Isaac has some big shoes to fill. We're talking about Abraham's son here. Anyone remember George...

Rebekah

Remember that mom who plotted murder for her daughter's spot on the cheerleading squad? Well,...

Jacob

Given his rap sheet, it's kind of a wonder that Jacob always tops the list of favorite baby names...

Esau

Let's face it, Esau is a bit of a blockhead. If you think about it, Jacob walks all over him, but...

Laban

Remember Jacob? He's kind of questionable. And we're not the only ones who think so. Laban's main...

Rachel

Rachel is Jacob's second wife, but his first choice. She gets to bask in the sunshine of being...

Leah

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The narrator offers that "Leah was tender eyed;...

Dinah

Dinah's cautionary tale stands oddly alone right smack in the middle of the rest of the...

Tamar

Like an ancient, widowed Rapunzel, Tamar is a young woman hidden away in her father's house. Why?...

Joseph

If ever a kid were precocious, it was Doogie Howser. Oh, we mean Joseph. Yeah, Joseph.In a Brady...

Joseph's Brothers

Joseph's ten older brothers are the jealous type. Dad loves Joseph more, so they come snapping...

Potiphar And His Wife

Potiphar is Joseph's first boss once he's sold into slavery. He's one of Pharaoh's officials, the...

Pharaoh

Pharaoh (a.k.a. the king of Egypt), has some troubling nightmares, and can't find anyone to help...