The first book of the Hebrew Bible which covers events from Creation to the start of Israel's sojourn in Egypt.

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Conflicting locations for Rachel's burial

Genesis 35:19 seems to say she died and was buried near Bethlehem, in Judah. This has strong tradition even to this day with a "tomb" there. So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to ...
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Why does Abraham purchase a well he already owns?

Genesis 21 records a dispute over a well between Abraham and Abimelech: At that time Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do. Now ...
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a good interpretation about Genesis 6 [duplicate]

This part of the Bible is really controversial and it has more than one position. Recently, I read that "the sons of God" could be the pious Enosh's sons(Gen 4:26) and the daughters of humans could be ...
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How could Rachel fulfill Joseph's dream if she was dead?

Genesis 35:24 states that the only two sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin: The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. Genesis 35:16-19 makes it clear that Rachel died in Childbirth. ...
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What is the Meaning of Gen. 37:10 ? [duplicate]

Gen. 37:10 says, "Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?"(KJV) Joseph had seen that his mother bowed down after her death. Genesis 35:18 says ...
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How can I interpret the blessings Joseph in context of the concept that Judah's blessing by Jacob was foreshadowing of Jesus? [closed]

I have been reading about the O.T. scriptures and how they point to Jesus. One such scripture is the blessing that Jacob gave to Judah which relates to Jesus being the Lion of Judah. Genesis 49: ...
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Joseph's proclamation while riding in the chariot in Egypt

Genesis 41:43 contains a verse describing Joseph riding in one of Pharaoh's chariots and being proclaimed as a leader. Since I began reading Tanach more than a decade ago, the grammar of this verse ...
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Why does Abraham plant a tree?

In Genesis 21:33, the text states, Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer Sheba. This is in the context of a treaty regarding a well in Beer Sheba, but it seems at first glance to have no ...
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What did earrings have to do with idolatry in Gen 35:4?

As Jacob brings his family back to Canaan, God calls him to build an altar to Him (Gen 35:1), and then Jacob is moved to do the following, of which the part in bold is what this question concerns in ...
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Why did Abraham bind his son Isaac?

Genesis 22:9 reads: “When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of ...
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Do we know that the Enuma Elish came before Genesis? [closed]

I know a common idea is that the Genesis narrative, at the least, takes elements from other Near Eastern mythologies and puts them into its own monotheistic context. How can it be shown that the ...
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Why distinguish the genders of asses/donkeys in Gen 12:16?

BHS has Genesis 12:16 as: וּלְאַבְרָ֥ם הֵיטִ֖יב בַּעֲבוּרָ֑הּ וַֽיְהִי־ל֤וֹ צֹאן־וּבָקָר֙ וַחֲמֹרִ֔ים וַעֲבָדִים֙ וּשְׁפָחֹ֔ת וַאֲתֹנֹ֖ת וּגְמַלִּֽים׃ KJV reads: And he entreated Abram well ...
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What language did Joseph speak in Egypt?

What language did Joseph speak in Egypt? How did he learn it? Was there a common language like Aramaic? In Genesis 39 part of his ability to find favor must have been the ability to communicate ...
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Who was 'us' in the Garden of Eden? [duplicate]

When the Lord God banishes Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, the Lord says, 'The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.' - Genesis 3:22 NIV When God said 'us', who did ...
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Is Genesis 1 a type of Hebrew Poem?

Is Genesis 1 structured so that there is a general category and then with what will fill it, which would be a type of Hebrew poem of parallel ideas? In this case day one (light), would relate to day ...
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Genesis 3:16 - “Pain in Childbearing” or “Toil and Childbearing”

I recently came across a translation of Genesis 3:16 that seems to reinterpret the pronouncement on Eve. Carol Meyers* translates the first part of the verse like so: "I will greatly increase your ...
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Do the meanings of Cain and Abel's names tell us anything about how Cain killed Abel?

There's often speculation on how Cain killed Abel in Genesis 4. I've also been told that Cain's name means "spear" and Abel's name means "vapor" or "breath". Do the meanings of Abel and Cain's ...
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What was the tree of life in Genesis 2:9

What specifically is the "Tree of Life" in Genesis 2:7 What specifically is the "Tree of the knowledge of good and evil" Gen. 2:7
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Message of the Sodom/Gibeah parallel

The narrative in Genesis with Lot's guests (19:1-11) and the one at the end of Judges with the concubine at Gibeah (Chapter 19) obviously parallel each other, and (as noted by Daat Mikra) even share ...
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Earliest interpretation of Genesis 6:3 as referring to man's lifespan?

Genesis 6:3 ESV Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” Many people these days seem to understand this passage as referring ...
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Why did God appear as a firepot and torch to Abram?

So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.” Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the ...
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How would Adam know what “you shall surely die” meant?

In Genesis 2, God warns Adam not to eat of a certain tree and threatens punishment or consequences if he disobeys: 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in ...
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120 years until the flood, or until Adam's death, or shorter lifespans from now on?

3Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” ESV Some1 have taken the 120 years in Genesis 6:3 to mean the time remaining until ...
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How do we know that the 'land' in Gen 15:13 is Egypt?

Genesis 15:13 (KJV) 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred ...
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The “iniquity of the Amorites” in Genesis 15:16

Genesis 15:13 (KJV) 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred ...
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Was Joseph, Imhotep of Egypt? Imhotep in hieroglyphs is “He who comes in peace.” [closed]

Some circumstantial evidence points to the possibility of identifying Imhotep and Joseph. The Wikipedia article on Imhotep notes under the section "Imhotep's Dreams" (emphasis added for comparison): ...
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To Jacob a Son or a Son to Jacob in Genesis 30

My son asked me the following question about wording of the verses describing the births of Jacob's sons to Bilhah and Zilpah, as well as Leah's 5th and 6th sons. In the Hebrew, discussing the birth ...
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Why do some translations render Genesis 3:8 with “voice of the Lord” and others simply say “the Lord” walked?

Perhaps someone can explain why some translations of Genesis 3:8 refer to the "voice of the Lord" walking in the garden, and others simply state "the Lord." KJV “And they heard the voice of the ...
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Was the blessing of Melchizedek a transfer of right as firstborn to Abraham?

Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of the Most High God. Shem died 600 years after the flood at which time of the blessing, he was still alive. If Shem was King of Salem, could his office as ...
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Why did Judah's wife “תסף” Shelah?

From Genesis 38 (KJV, with interpolated Hebrew): 2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her. 3 And she conceived (ותהר), ...
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What is the earliest Genesis 1:1

With the current Hebrew version of Genesis 1:1 the number Pi can be found within a gematria calculation. I am curious how far back it goes and if it exists in the earliest versions of Genesis 1:1 or ...
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According to Genesis, where do the birds fly?

Genesis 1:20 reads: וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֔ים יִשְׁרְצ֣וּ הַמַּ֔יִם שֶׁ֖רֶץ נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֑ה וְעֹוף֙ יְעֹופֵ֣ף עַל־הָאָ֔רֶץ עַל־פְּנֵ֖י רְקִ֥יעַ הַשָּׁמָֽיִם׃ (WLC) Which translates as: And God ...
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What was the logic behind changing “firmament” to “sky”?

The King James version (as well as many other versions in various languages) states in Genesis 1:8 - And God called the firmament Heaven. The wording in the American Standard version is exactly ...
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What is the purpose of the phrase “all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth” in Genesis 7:21?

Genesis 7:21 reads: וַיִּגְוַ֞ע כָּל־בָּשָׂ֣ר ׀ הָרֹמֵ֣שׂ עַל־הָאָ֗רֶץ בָּעֹ֤וף וּבַבְּהֵמָה֙ וּבַ֣חַיָּ֔ה וּבְכָל־הַשֶּׁ֖רֶץ הַשֹּׁרֵ֣ץ עַל־הָאָ֑רֶץ וְכֹ֖ל הָאָדָֽם׃ (WLC) The ESV translation ...
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What is the meaning of the Hebrew word that is translated in Genesis 7:21 as creeping? Does it also mean “swarming?”

What is the meaning for the original Hebrew word which KJV translates as "creeping?" in Genesis 7:21 The NASB translates it as "swarming." Some say the NASB is more accurate, others favor the KJV. ...
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Genesis 2:24 - How do a husband and wife become one flesh?

In Gen. 2:24, it is written, Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. KJV, 1769 עַל־כֵּן֙ יַֽעֲזָב־אִ֔ישׁ ...
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What is the modern name of the geographic location where Joseph (of 12 brothers) grew up? [closed]

In Genesis 37 we read that: Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. This seems a little broad, and perhaps could encompass larges parts of Israel and Syria ...
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Does Genesis 19:14 mean Lot had some daughters who were already married or not? [duplicate]

Genesis 19:14 reads differently in different versions of the Bible. Some versions speak of Lot's sons-in-law as if they are pledged to the virgin daughters living with him (v. 8), while other ...
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What is the meaning of “He is to thee a covering of the eyes”(Gen. 20:16)?

Gen. 20:16 records Abimelech's speech to Sarah, "And to Sarah he said, Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to you a covering of the eyes, to all that ...
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But flesh with its breath its blood shall not be eaten

Gen 9:4 אך בשר בנפשו דמו לא תאכלו In English, But flesh in its breath its blood shall not be eaten What does the verse grammatically mean? Let me propose some options, which need not ...
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What is the meaning of Genesis 4:15? [duplicate]

In Genesis 4:15 it says: Then the LORD said to him, "Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack ...
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Is the translation “rib” for the Hebrew צֵלָע (*tsela*) in Genesis 2:22 justified?

Why is it that Biblical translators choose to translate the Hebrew word צֵלָע (tsela) as "rib" when referring to the formation of Eve from Adam in Genesis 2:22? Never is this word translated as rib ...
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Genesis 2:10 - Why are the verbs and the participle translated into English past tense?

The Hebrew text of Gen. 2:10 states, וְנָהָר יֹצֵא מֵעֵדֶן לְהַשְׁקוֹת אֶת הַגָּן וּמִשָּׁם יִפָּרֵד וְהָיָה לְאַרְבָּעָה רָאשִׁים Several words capture my attention: יֹצֵא which is conjugated ...
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Is this a contradiction in the first sentence of Genesis 1?

In Gen. 1:1-2, it states, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved ...
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According to Genesis 3:22, God knows evil. What does that mean?

Genesis 3:22: And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and ...
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Further information about Er [duplicate]

Genesis 38:7 (NIV edition of the Bible) states the following: But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death. I would like to know a bit more about Er's ...
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What is the meaning of Zoar (Genesis 19:22)?

In Genesis 19:22 Lot decides to go to a little village after leaving Sodoma. The text of the NIV version is: But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it." (That is why ...
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What is the meaning of Abraham's name?

Genesis 17:5 (NIV) states: No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. The edition of the Bible that I'm reading has a footnote ...
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What does Genesis 1:2 Mean? [duplicate]

In some translations, Genesis 1:2 says ..."and the earth was waste and void" . However some translations add a footnote stating "but the earth became waste and void". if the second translation is ...
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17th day of the 2nd month in Noah's 600th year - meaning of the numbers

I have read Making Sense of the Numbers of Genesis by Carol A. Hill as a brief overview of the symbolism of different numbers that appear in Genesis. But, I cannot start to make sense of the following ...