In this study, we consider two primary views of where Genesis 1:1 begins, including a traditional view and a non-traditional (or secondary) view. Does Moses place the beginning of Genesis at the very beginning of the creation itself—including the heavens, the earth, the seas, and all that are in them? Or does he place the beginning at the start of God's creative activity with the heavens and the earth already in a state of prior-existence (or even 'preexistence', as some skeptics would insist)? The difference is not insignificant! In part 1, we begin to discuss some of the reasons for disagreement and to consider potential evidence in support of the non-traditional view.