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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
1
genesis (n.)
a coming into being;
Synonyms: generation
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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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