Generation


Greek: γενεσις [genesis] (Noun feminine). Generation. Origin, source. Beginning. Birth.

In the Septuagint (LXX) γενεσις [genesis] appears 39 times: 24 times (Genesis 2:4; 5:1; 6:9; 10:1, 32; 11:10, 27; 25:12; 25:19; 36:1, 9; 37:2; Exodus 28:10; Numbers 3:1; Ruth 4:18; 1 Chronicles 1:29; 5:7; 7:2, 4, 9; 8:28; 9:9, 34; 26:31) is translated from Hebrew: toledoth - 39 times in the OT – “generations”, “families”, “races”; “history” - properly of families, but also applied to the origin of other things (Genesis 2:4). Toledoth is also translated συγγενεια [suggeneia] 14 times (Exodus 6:16, 19; Numbers 1:20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42) and γενεα [genea] 1 time (Genesis 25:13). The King James Version translate toledoth 38 times "generations" , and 1 time (Exodus 28:10) "birth".

γενεσις [genesis] appears 5 times in the NT:


(1) Matthew 1: 1
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. - γενεσεως [geneseôs] Gen. sing.

(2) Matthew 1: 18
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. - η γενεσις [hê genesis] Nom. sing. Variant: γεννεσις [gennesis].

(3) Luke 1: 14
And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. - τη γενεσει [tê genesei] Dat. sing. ("at his birth" - επι τη γενεσει αυτου [epi tê genesei autou] Lit: "on the generation of him". / Variant: γεννεσις [gennesis].

(4) James 1: 23
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: - της γενεσεως [tês geneseôs] Gen. sing. ("his natural face" - το προσωπον της γενεσεως αυτου [to prosôpon tês geneseôs autou] Lit: "the face of the generation of him".

(5) James 3: 6
And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. - της γενεσεως [tês geneseôs] Gen. sing. ("the course of nature" - τον τροχον της γενεσεως [ton trochon tês geneseôs] Lit: "the wheel of the generation ".

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