GENESIS IN THE LECTIONARIES
Like much ancient writing Genesis was composed not only to be read but above all to be heard, to be read aloud. Such reading generally takes place in homes, in schools, and especially in synagogues and churches.
Synagogue practice has varied—for instance between the annual Babylonian cycle and the triennial Palestinian cycle (Perrot, 1988, 137–143; cf. Mann, 1940)—but the general synagogue custom has been to read the entire text (“continuous reading”). This is demanding but it facilitates understanding.
Church practice tends to be selective. For Roman Catholics, for instance, who rely on the triennial cycle of Sunday readings, the offerings are meager and are largely confined to Lent: