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The first sentence in the Genesis (ברֵאשִׁית) book of a 1932 Polish illustrated Torah The Book of Genesis (from the Latin Vulgate , in turn borrowed or transliterated from Greek γένεσις, meaning "origin"; Hebrew : בְּרֵאשִׁית , Bərēšīṯ , "In [the] beginning"), is the first book of the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh ) and the Christian Old Testament . [ 1 ] The basic narrative expresses the central theme: God creates the world and appoints man as his regent, but man proves disobedient and God destroys his world through the Flood but preserves a righteous man, Noah, and his family. The new post-Flood world is equally corrupt, but God does not destroy it, instead calling one man, Abraham, to be the seed of its salvation. At God's command Abraham descends from his home into the land of Canaan, given to him by God, where he dwells as a sojourner, as does his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob.