The Book of Genesis, with its familiar stories of the creation, the flood and the Israelite patriarchs, is part of Western Civilization’s heritage and the foundation stone of Judaism and Christianity (not to mention its later reiteration in Islam's Koran). The text is always interesting to revisit, since each reading prompts new questions, and, often, new and even profound answers. We shall look at the text both from the perspective of the early first and and second century rabbis and the Christian Church fathers, as well as in the context of twenty-first century attitudes. It would be useful to bring along a Bible — any translation will do. The more the merrier.