Quotations from or Allusions to Genesis in the New Testament



Quotations from or Allusions to Genesis in the New Testament

 

One measure of the foundational importance of the Book of Genesis is the fact that allusions and quotations referring to Genesis occur so frequently in the New Testament, as much as or more than any other book of the Old Testament. These are listed in the following tabulation. (For ease in viewing the table, see the Appendix 11 Table.) Especially note the "observations" at the end of the tabulation.

1. 1:1 God in the beginning John 1:1
2. 1:1 Beginning of the world 2 Timothy 1:9
3. 1:1 Beginning of the world Titus 1:2
4. 1:1 Creation of universe Hebrews 11:3
5. 1:1 Earth and heaven in the beginning Hebrews 1:10
6. 1:3-5 Light out of darkness 2 Corinthians 4:6
7. 1:5-7 Earth out of water and in water 2 Peter 3:4-5
8. 1:11 Every seed his own body 1 Corinthians 15:38-39
9. 1:11-12 Earth bringing forth herbs Hebrews 6:7
10. 1:26-27 Made male and female Mark 10:6-7
11. 1:26-27 Made in image of God Colossians 3:10
12. 1:27 In the image of God 1 Corinthians 11:7
13. 1:29-31 All creatures good 1 Timothy 4:4
14. 1:31 All things made by God Acts 17:24
15. 2:1 All that in them is Acts 14:15
16. 2:1 All things created in heaven and earth Revelation 10:6
17. 2:1 First heaven and first earth Revelation 21:1
18. 2:1-3 All things created Colossians 1:16
19. 2:1 Works finished Hebrews 4:3
20. 2:2 Rest on the seventh day Hebrews 4:4
21. 2:3 Ceased from His works Hebrews 4:10
22. 2:3 Created all things Ephesians 3:9
23. 2:3 World made by Him John 1:10
24. 2:3 Created all things Revelation 4:11
25. 2:4 Creation which God created Mark 13:19
26. 2:4 He that made heaven and earth Revelation 14:7
27. 2:4-6 Things that were made Romans 1:20
28. 2:7 Adam a living soul 1 Corinthians 15:45
29. 2:7 Man formed 1 Timothy 2:13
30. 2:9 Tree of life in paradise Revelation 2:7
31. 2:9 Fruit of tree of life Revelation 22:14
32. 2:17 Death by sin Romans 5:12
33. 2:18 Woman for the man 1 Corinthians 11:9
34. 2:22 Woman of the man 1 Corinthians 11:8
35. 2:23 Bone of his bone Ephesians 5:30
36. 2:24 Leave father and mother Ephesians 5:31
37. 2:24 One flesh 1 Corinthians 6:16
38. 2:24 Cleave to his wife Matthew 19:5
39. 2:24 One flesh Mark 10:8
40. 3:1 That old serpent Revelation 20:2
41. 3:1 Subtlety of serpent 2 Corinthians 11:3
42. 3:4 Father of lies John 8:44
43. 3:6 Woman deceived 1 Timothy 2:14
44. 3:13 Serpent beguiled Eve 2 Corinthians 11:3
45. 3:14 Devil sinneth from the beginning 1 John 3:8
46. 3:15 Made of a woman Galatians 4:4
47. 3:15 Satan bruised under foot Romans 16:20
48. 3:15 Enmity with the woman Revelation 12:13-17
49. 3:15 That old serpent Revelation 12:9
50. 3:15 Treading on serpents Luke 10:19
51. 3:16 Saved in child-bearing 1 Timothy 2:15
52. 3:16 Woman under obedience 1 Corinthians 14:34
53. 3:16 Sorrow in travail John 16:20
54. 3:16 Man the head of the woman 1 Corinthians 11:3
55. 3:17 No more curse Revelation 22:3
56. 3:18 Thorns and briers Hebrews 6:8
57. 3:18-19 Bondage of corruption Romans 8:21-22
58. 3:18-19 No more death, sorrow, pain Revelation 21:4
59. 3:19 Work for your own bread 2 Thessalonians 3:12
60. 3:19 By man came death 1 Corinthians 15:21
61. 3:20 Mother of us all Galatians 4:26
62. 3:22 Fruit of tree of life Revelation 22:2
63. 3:23 Man from the earth 1 Corinthians 15:47
64. 4:3-5 Abel a more excellent sacrifice Hebrews 11:4
65. 4:4 Righteous Abel Matthew 23:35
66. 4:8 Cain slew his brother 1 John 3:12
67. 4:10 Blood of Abel Hebrews 12:24
68. 4:11 Blood of Abel Luke 11:51
69. 4:16 The way of Cain Jude 11
70. 4:26 Prophets since the world began Luke 1:70
71. 5:1 Book of the generations Matthew 1:1
72. 5:1 Similitude of God James 3:9
73. 5:2 Created male and female Matthew 19:4
74. 5:2 Beginning of the creation of God Revelation 3:14
75. 5:4 Death reigned from Adam Romans 5:14-19
76. 5:5 In Adam all die 1 Corinthians 15:22
77. 5:3-6 Adam to Enos Luke 3:38
78. 5:12-21 Cainan to Methuselah Luke 3:37
79. 5:18 Enoch, seventh from Adam Jude 14
80. 5:24 Enoch translated Hebrews 11:5
81. 5:28-32 Lamech to Shem Luke 3:36
82. 5:29 Subjected to curse in hope Romans 8:20
83. 6:2 Angels that sinned 2 Peter 2:4
84. 6:3 Spirit striving with flesh Galatians 5:17
85. 6:4 Angels left their habitation Jude 6
86. 6:4 Marrying wives Luke 17:27
87. 6:5 Days of Noah Matthew 24:37
88. 6:12-13 The days of Noah Luke 17:26
89. 6:13 God spared not old world 2 Peter 2:5
90. 6:14-16 Ark preparing 1 Peter 3:20
91. 7:1 Saving of his house Hebrews 11:7
92. 7:13-16 Noah entered the ark Matthew 24:38
93. 7:17-18 The flood came Matthew 24:39
94. 7:19-20 Overflowed with water 2 Peter 3:6
95. 8:21 Sweet savour Philippians 4:18
96. 8:22 Fruitful seasons Acts 14:17
97. 9:2 All things subjected to man Hebrews 2:7-8
98. 9:3 Everything meat for you 1 Timothy 4:3
99. 9:4 Blood not to be eaten Acts 15:20
100. 9:6 Life for life Matthew 26:52
101. 10:8-11 Babylon, the mother of abominations Revelation 17:5
102. 10:32 All nations on face of earth Acts 17:26
103. 11:4-5 That great city Revelation 17:18
104. 11:10-13 Shem to Cainan Luke 3:36
105. 11:14-20 Salah to Serug Luke 3:35
106. 11:22-26 Nahor to Abraham Luke 3:34
107. 11:31 Abraham dwelt in Haran Acts 7:4
108. 12:1 Abraham to leave his kindred Acts 7:3
109. 12:3 All families of earth to be blessed Acts 3:25
110. 12:3 All nations blessed Galatians 3:8
111. 12:4 Abraham went out Hebrews 11:8
112. 12:5 From Haran to Canaan Acts 7:4
113. 12:7 Unborn seed given the land Acts 7:5
114. 13:15 Promise to the seed Galatians 3:16
115. 14:18 Melchizedek met Abraham Hebrews 7:1
116. 14:19 Abraham blessed of Melchizedek Hebrews 7:6-7
117. 14:20 Tithes to Melchizedek Hebrews 7:4-5
118. 15:5 So shall thy seed be Romans 4:18
119. 15:5 Seed as the stars Hebrews 11:12
120. 15:6 Faith counted for righteousness Romans 4:3,5,9,22
121. 15:6 Abraham believed God Galatians 3:6
122. 15:6 Imputed righteousness James 2:23
123. 15:13 Afflicted 400 years Acts 7:6
124. 15:14 Nation to be judged Acts 7:7
125. 15:16 Iniquity to be filled up 1 Thessalonians 2:16
126. 16:1 No children Acts 7:5
127. 16:15 A son by Hagar Galatians 4:22
128. 17:5 Father of many nations Romans 4:17
129. 17:7 With Abram's seed forever Luke 1:55
130. 17:8 Oath sworn to Abraham Luke 1:73
131. 17:10 Circumcision of the fathers John 7:22
132. 17:11 Sign of circumcision Romans 4:11
133. 17:13 Covenant of circumcision Acts 7:8
134. 17:17 Abraham and Sarah past age Romans 4:19
135. 18:2 Angels unawares Hebrews 13:2
136. 18:10,14 Sarah to bear at appointed time Romans 9:9
137. 18:12 Sarah called Abraham "lord" 1 Peter 3:6
138. 18:20 Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah Matthew 10:15
139. 19:1-3 Entertaining angels Hebrews 13:2
140. 19:5 Going after strange flesh Jude 7
141. 19:9 Lot dwelling among wicked 2 Peter 2:7-8
142. 19:24 Fire and brimstone from heaven Luke 17:29
143. 19:25 Judgment on Sodom Luke 10:12
144. 19:26 Lot's wife Luke 17:32
145. 21:1 Promise fulfilled Galatians 4:23
146. 21:2 Sarah conceived seed Hebrews 11:11
147. 21:3 Abraham begat Isaac Matthew 1:2
148. 21:4 Isaac the son of Abraham Luke 3:34
149. 21:9 Son of promise persecuted Galatians 4:29
150. 21:10 Bondwoman cast out Galatians 4:30
151. 21:12 Isaac the seed of promise Galatians 4:28
152. 21:13 Seed of Abraham Romans 9:7
153. 21:13 Isaac the seed called Hebrews 11:18
154. 21:14 Hagar in the wilderness Galatians 4:24-25
155. 22:1-3 Abraham offered up Isaac Hebrews 11:17
156. 22:5 Accounting God could raise him up Hebrews 11:19
157. 22:9 Isaac on the altar James 2:21
158. 22:16 God swearing by Himself Hebrews 6:13
159. 22:17 Blessing and multiplying Hebrews 6:14
160. 22:17 As the sand and stars Hebrews 11:12
161. 22:18 Heir of all nations of earth Romans 4:13
162. 23:4 Stranger and sojourner Hebrews 11:9
163. 23:16-20 Sepulcher bought Acts 7:16
164. 25:21 Rebekah conceived Romans 9:10
165. 25:23 Elder to serve the younger Romans 9:12
166. 25:25-26 Jacob and Esau Romans 9:13
167. 25:33 Birthright despised Hebrews 12:16
168. 26:3 Blessing of Abraham Galatians 3:14
169. 26:4-5 Covenant confirmed Galatians 3:17
170. 27:27-29,39-40 Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau Hebrews 11:20
171. 27:34, 38 No place of repentance Hebrews 12:17
172. 28:12 Angels descending John 1:51
173. 28:15 Never leave thee Hebrews 13:5
174. 29:35 Judah, son of Jacob Luke 3:33
175. 30:13 Called blessed Luke 1:48
176. 30:23 Reproach taken away Luke 1:25
177. 31:42 God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Matthew 22:32
178. 32:12 Seed as the sand Hebrews 11:12
179. 33:19 Jacob's parcel of ground John 4:5
180. 35:16-17 Rachel weeping Matthew 2:18
181. 37:28 Joseph sold into Egypt Acts 7:9
182. 38:29 Judah begat Pharez Matthew 1:3
183. 39:2,23 The Lord with Joseph Acts 7:9
184. 41:41-44 Joseph exalted Acts 7:10
185. 41:54 Dearth in Egypt Acts 7:11
186. 42:1-2 Corn in Egypt Acts 7:12
187. 42:5 Famine in Canaan Acts 7:11
188. 42:13 Twelve brethren Acts 7:8
189. 45:1-4 Joseph revealed to his brethren Acts 7:13
190. 45:9-11 Joseph sending for Jacob Acts 7:14
191. 46:5-6 Jacob going to Egypt Acts 7:15
192. 46:26-27 Seventy-five souls Acts 7:14
193. 47:9 Strangers and pilgrims Hebrews 11:13
194. 47:31 Leaning on top of staff Hebrews 11:21
195. 48:13-20 Jacob blessed sons of Joseph Hebrews 11:21
196. 49:9-10 Lion of tribe of Judah Revelation 5:5
197. 49:10 Lord sprang from Judah Hebrews 7:14
198. 49:11 Washed garments in blood Revelation 7:14
199. 49:29-30 Jacob buried in Canaan Acts 7:16
200. 50:24-26 Death of Joseph Hebrews 11:22

OBSERVATIONS:
   

  • The references listed above do not include references to "Israel" or to "Judah" as a nation, or "Benjamin" and so forth as tribes, even though such names are first encountered in Genesis.

  • The references listed do not include verses in which there is merely a similarity in wording (John 2:5 with Genesis 41:55) unless there is evidence that the New Testament writer consciously was incorporating the Genesis phraseology into his own writings.

  • All books of the New Testament except Philemon, 2 John, and 3 John contain allusions to Genesis.

  • Of the fifty chapters in Genesis, only seven (chapters 20, 24, 34, 36, 40, 43, 44) are not quoted or cited in the New Testament.

  • More than half of the two hundred New Testament allusions to Genesis are found in the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

  • Sixty-three of the allusions are to the first three chapters of Genesis.

  • Fourteen of the allusions are from the "Flood chapters" (6, 7, 8).

  • Fifty-eight references are related to Abraham.

  • None of the two hundred New Testament references to Genesis are explicitly ascribed to Moses as their author, indicating a probable recognition that he was editor and compiler, rather than author.

  • Twenty-five of the references were directly from Christ Himself (from chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 17, 18, 19, 28, and 31).
Taken from The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1976), pp. 677-682.

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