Content Type
Student Resource
Grade Level
Eighth grade, Ninth grade, Tenth grade
Object Type
Read the fine print

Humans can tend toward obsession when it comes to the origin of things. Think of the notorious chicken and egg conundrum. Then there’s the dreaded question, “Where did I come from, Mommy?” Ideas about how it all began ping-pong around scientific and philosophical circles as well as our own conversations.

The book of Genesis is the ultimate origin story—second to Spider-Man, that is—and Shmoop’s guide breaks it down with summaries, analysis, and a look at hot-button topics.

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