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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Who stood before who in Genesis 18:22?

The NIV of Genesis 18:22 reads: The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. However, the NIV also adds a footnote: Masoretic Text; an ancient ...
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What was Noah instructed to make in Genesis 6:16?

Genesis 6:16a: A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; (KJV) I don’t know what the second part means,1 but I understand "window." Several other English ...
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Why was a chapter division placed at the end of Genesis 1, rather than between 2:3 and 2:4?

It's pretty well universally accepted that Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 represent one view of the story of creation and 2:3 - 25 a second. And yet, when Stephen Langton instituted his chapter scheme in the ...
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In Gen. 4:7, why is the participle רֹבֵץ declined in the masculine gender?

In Gen. 4:7, it is written, הֲלוֹא אִם תֵּיטִיב שְׂאֵת וְאִם לֹא תֵיטִיב לַפֶּתַח חַטָּאת רֹבֵץ וְאֵלֶיךָ תְּשׁוּקָתוֹ וְאַתָּה תִּמְשָׁל בּוֹ My question concerns the word רֹבֵץ, a participle ...
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What kind of desire was given to Eve?

Genesis 3:16 NIV - To the woman he said, "I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he ...
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“he will rule over you” — good, bad, or neutral?

In Genesis 3:16 we read about God's curse on the woman: To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire ...
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In Luke 1:41 why does Luke say that Elizabeth was *filled* with πνευματος αγιου? [closed]

Does the verb επλησθη suggest a quantity of a substance rather than a person taking up residence?: Luk 1:41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And ...
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When does the first day of Genesis 1 begin?

This may sound like a silly question at first, but I honestly can't decide for myself. I've always assumed that where the text says "And there was evening, and there was morning—the *n*th day" that ...
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Does Genesis 2:21-24 suggest that the woman shared Adam's breath?

In the making of Adam we are told that after Yehovah sculpted him into a statue of himself he breathed into him the breath of life and animated hime. Eve was sculpted from Adam's spare rib but there ...
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Natural disaster at Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:24?

In Genesis 19:24, it states: Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; Does this passage suggest that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah ...
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Are the three distinctive Hebrew terms, translated “breath of life,” suggesting there was a different mankind at creation than there was at the flood?

The same English phrase, "breath of life," is used to describe three distinct Hebrew phrases. "Neshamah chay" is in Genesis 2:7 (creation). "Ruwach chay" is in Genesis 6:17 (intention for death at ...
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Who was God talking to when he said, let US make man in OUR image? [duplicate]

God clearly identifies in Genesis 1:26 that he was speaking to and including at least one other person/god in his conversation. It's important to recognize he didn't say I'm going to make man in MY ...
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Why does Jacob say “because I saw God face to face”? (Gen 32:30)

After Jacob wrestles with the angel, he names the place Peniel, "because I have seen God face to face." (Gen 32:30). Why does he say that he has seen God face to face? He has only seen an angel, ...
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How should Genesis 3:4 be punctuated?

In English usually after the word said we add a comma and a quote to designate when the speech began. In Hebrew I hope for some sort of structure language law. As an example: Genesis 3:4 (Hebrew ...
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What would “angel” mean in the context of Genesis 48?

And he blessed Joseph and said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day, the angel who has redeemed me from all ...
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What would “bless” mean in this context of Genesis 47?

So in this very short exchange between Jacob and Pharaoh, I'm just simply curious about what is meant by this word blessed. Should I interpret this as just a courteous greeting or take it as Jacob ...
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How did mankind's way of relating to God change in Genesis 4:26?

At the end of Chapter 4 of Genesis there is a statement in verse 26, "It was then that men began to invoke the Lord by name." Other translations have "call on the name" or "worship the LORD by name". ...
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Did God tell Adam to “repopulate” the Earth or to “reproduce”? [duplicate]

In Genesis 1:28, God commands Adam: God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and ...
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What does Patterns of Elohim followed by Singular Words like in Genesis 1:1 really mean?

There are claims that ancient Torah isn't a monotheistic text. I looked at Genesis 1:1. We have this famous pattern of elohim (plural of eloah) followed by singular verb. This is related to Why is ...
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Usage of the word “Replenish” in Genesis 1:28

Why in the Genesis narrative does God use the word REPLENISH when he tasks Adam with the responsibility of earth? There was no lifeform before creation of Adam , Eve and other lifeforms. So why did ...
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Why does mizpah signify an emotional bond?

In Genesis 31: 48 Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” That is why it was called Galeed. 49 It was also called Mizpah because he said, “May the Lord keep watch ...
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Is there anything in Genesis to suggest why the ancient Israelites were made to be slaves in Egypt?

Is there a reason provided in Genesis for the enslavement of the ancient Israelites for 400 years?: Genesis 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a ...
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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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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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Why did Abel keep flocks if man wasn't supposed to eat flesh til after the Flood?

Per Genesis 9:3, man is given the animals as food after the flood. A reasonable implication of that statement is that prior to this, man was supposed to be vegetarian. That said, Genesis 4:2 clearly ...
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How many (direct) children do people think Adam & Eve had or Adam had?

This question relates to any history related a question raised by Gen 5:4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. The statement that Adam had other sons and ...
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Are the two creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2 likely to be from different sources? If so what sources?

Are the two creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2 likely to be from different sources? If so, what sources? What are some arguments for this?
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In Genesis 20:13, why is elohim with a plural verb translated God rather than gods?

Genesis 20:13 (ESV) And when God caused me to wander… (WLC): ויהי כאשר התעו אתי אלהימ Another question asked about the translation of אלהימ (‘elohim) using the singular God. The answers ...
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Was the well of water invisible in Gen 21:19?

What does 'opened her eyes' mean here? Was the well of water invisible, like the donkey to Balaam? Genesis 21:19 (KJV) 19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and ...
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What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?

And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to ...
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What are the teraphim (household gods) Rachel stole from Laban?

When Jacob flees from Laban, Rachel steals his household gods. When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. Genesis 31:19 (NIV) Jacob seems pretty ...
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Is Genesis 3:16 saying that pain exists prior to sinning? [duplicate]

There is pain in childbearing yet God's curse is that he'll multiply it. Genesis 3:16 seems to imply that pain does exist even prior to Adam sinning since the curse of multiplying (increasing) pain ...
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What is the “Light” of Genesis 1:3?

In Genesis 1:3 (ESV), it is written, And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. The Hebrew word which is translated into English as "light" is אֹור (or) (Strong's H216). Is ...
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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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What is the tree of life in Proverbs 11:30?

While reading through Proverbs, I found a somewhat startling verse: Proverbs 11:30 (NIV) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives. My immediate ...
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How are we to take the fact that Lot offered his daughters for rape?

In Genesis two angels visited Sodom and Gomorrah to check what's what. The residents of the town wanted to rape the angels (who had visited the most virtuous man in the town, Lot). Lot to protect the ...
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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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Who were the “sons of God” (bene elohim) in Genesis 6:2?

Genesis 6:1-2 (ESV emphasis mine): When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took ...
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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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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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Were Shem, Ham and Japheth Triplets?

Genesis 5:32 "Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth." When considering the Genealogies of Genesis 5, it becomes evident that the standard form of ...
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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: 8-...
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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 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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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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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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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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Why does Noah curse Canaan?

Genesis 9:23-25 NLT, reads, Then Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they ...
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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 ...