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Appendix 11: Quotations from or allusions to Genesis in the New Testament

by Dr. Henry M. Morris:

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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. Note especially the “observations” at the end of the tabulation.

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

Observations

  • The references listed above do not include references to “Israel” as a nation, or to “Judah,” “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 (e.g., 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, yTerm, and zTerm contain allusions to Genesis.
  • Of the fifty chapters in Genesis, only seven (Genesis 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” (Genesis 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 Genesis 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.