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genesis (n.)

旧英语 Genesis ,五经的第一本书,其中讲述了世界的创造,来自拉丁文 genesis "生成、诞生",在拉丁文晚期取为旧约第一本书的书名,来自希腊文 genesis "起源、创造、生成",来自 gignesthai "出生",与 genos "种族、出生、后裔"有关(来自PIE根 *gene- "生养、生养",派生词指生殖和家庭、部落群体)。

希腊语译者用这个词作为圣经书名,渲染希伯来语 bereshith ,字面意思是"起初",这是文本的第一个词,取为书名。延伸意义上的"起源、创造"最早记载于17世纪的英文。

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Definitions of genesis from WordNet
1
genesis (n.)
a coming into being;
Synonyms: generation
2
Genesis (n.)
the first book of the Old Testament: tells of Creation; Adam and Eve; the Fall of Man; Cain and Abel; Noah and the flood; God's covenant with Abraham; Abraham and Isaac; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers;
Synonyms: Book of Genesis
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