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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“In A Beginning” vs. “In THE beginning”? Different implications?

Possibly the most famous phrase in the Hebrew Bible is: "In the beginning." Anyone can recite it without ever having read the Hebrew Bible. But is that the accurate translation? With a background in ...
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Adam created after the seventh day?

(Gen 2:2) "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which he had done; and he rested on the seventh day from all His work which ...
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How can Jesus say “My Father is working until now” in John 5:16,17 if God rested on the 7th day?

John 5:16,17 (ESV) And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am ...
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The tree of knowledge [closed]

Why did God plant the tree of knowledge within Adam and Eve's reach if it was forbidden? Was he testing choices or their obedience?
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What is the significance of “east” in the Scriptures?

There seems to be some significance to the east in the Scriptures. The garden is planted in the east of Eden Cherubim are stationed on the east side of the Garden of Eden Parts of the burnt offering ...
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In Genesis 3:11, is God taken by surprise by the serpent's subversion of humanity?

In Genesis 3:11, is God taken by surprise by the serpent's subversion of humanity? Gen 3:11 He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not ...
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Was Ishmael a teenager or a child when he and Hagar were sent away by Sarah?

When Sarah sent Hagar and Ishmael away in Genesis 21, Ishmael is referred to several times as a child: 15When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. 16Then she ...
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Was Adam present when the serpent was talking with Eve?

Genesis 3:6 (NIV) When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to ...
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Does Genesis 2:5-7 suggest the passage of time?

On Day 2 the dry land was uncovered. It had formerly been under salt water. And on the same day God "brought forth vegetation, plants...trees...": Gen 1:9 And God said, "Let the waters under the ...
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Does Genesis 2:4 to Genesis 3:24 Describe Events Which Took Place on the Same Day?

There are several questions on this site concerning the differences between the account of creation in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 and some related topics. A few: Differences in Genesis creation stories **...
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Why is Genesis careful to record the exact dates of the flood?

Genesis 7:11 (NIV, emphasis mine) In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates ...
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In Genesis 2:8-9, do the trees “spring up” immediately? Or naturally slowly?

In Genesis 2:8-9, do the trees "spring up" immediately? Or naturally slowly? Gen 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. Gen 2:...
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Does the original Hebrew support the NLT of Genesis 6:3?

Genesis 6:3 refers to when God set humans' lifespans to (approximately) 120 years. However, the NLT (the translation I prefer) has a slightly different translation for the 120-years part. Genesis ...
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Does Genesis 3:16 imply that there was pain / sorrow before the fall?

Genesis 3:16 says: To the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in sorrow you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be to your husband, and he ...
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In Genesis 1:11-13, were there trees by the end of Day 3?

It appears that in Gen 1:12, by the end of Day 3 there were plants and trees covering the dry land: Gen 1:11 And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit ...
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What does 'dominion' mean in Genesis?

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and ...
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In Genesis 49:24, what is the meaning of the phrase מִשָּׁם רֹעֶה אֶבֶן יִשְׂרָאֵל?

The English translation of Gen. 49:24 according to the King James Version states, 24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of ...
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What is the “Water” of Genesis 1:2?

We read in the creation account: The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.—Genesis 1:2 (...
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In Genesis 2:22, what is the significance of the verb וַיִּבֶן (lemma: בָּנָה)?

The Hebrew text of Gen. 2:22 states, כב וַיִּבֶן יַהְוֶה אֱלֹהִים אֶת הַצֵּלָע אֲשֶׁר לָקַח מִן הָאָדָם לְאִשָּׁה וַיְבִאֶהָ אֶל הָאָדָם which may be translated into English as, And Yahveh ...
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What is meant by “The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full” in Genesis 15:16?

What is meant by the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full? Genesis 15:14-16 (KJV) 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not ...
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In Genesis 2:24, how do a husband and wife “become one flesh”?

In Gen. 2:24, it is written, 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. KJV, 1769 כד עַל־כֵּן֙ יַֽעֲזָב־אִ֔ישׁ אֶת־...
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In Genesis 2:18, was Eve made during or after the 7 days?

In Genesis 2:18, was Eve made during or after the 7 days? Gen 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
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Isaac's Blessing of His Sons

Let's first mention several verses of the Book of Genesis: Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob. (Gen. 25:28) When Esau was forty years old, he married ...
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Is Genesis 2:18-24 saying that the making of Eve was an afterthought?

Is Genesis 2:18-24 saying that the making of Eve was an afterthought? It appears that the making of Eve occurred after the six days of the making of the skies and dry land and it appears to be ...
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Does Genesis 1:1-2 describe a preexistent abyss? [closed]

Does Genesis 1:1-2 describe a preexistent abyss covered with preexistent darkness or is it describing an initial creation prior to the seven days? And was the land just below the surface of the deep, ...
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Interpretation of Genesis 1:26?

I am under the impression that the Trinity is a Christian idea, and that the Jews did not view God as "three in one and one in three". How, then, was the following passage interpreted by the people ...
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Genesis 4:15- Why did God protect Cain?

Surely Adam and Eve had loads of kids by this point, why would God protect a murderer? Gen 4:15 (NASB) So the Lord said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him ...
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Who did Cain marry?

A man marrying his sister is clearly a sin: If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, so that he sees her nakedness and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace;...
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In Genesis 3 - is the translation of verse 16 accurate?

In Genesis 3 we have "The Fall" and from v16 onwards we have what the consequences of the fall are to be. As I read the consequences, they are mostly not things that God does to mankind, but read more ...
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Nimrod who is he [duplicate]

In Genesis 10:8-9, scriptures mention Nimrod: Cush was the father of Nimrod; he began to be a valiant warrior on the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. (That is why it is said, “Like ...
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Why was the serpent punished since it was only “used” by Satan?

The serpent was created by God. It couldn't be Lucifer since it is listed as a "wild animal...God has made." And Lucifer isn´t an animal. What kind of serpent are we talking about here? Gn 3:1a (...
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Should Genesis 8:10 read “he waited” or “he waited anxiously”?

In Genesis 8:10 the first word in the MT is ויחל. The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) suggests emending to וייחל. Everyone seems to accept the BHS and translate this as "waited" just as if the ...
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The word “expanse” in Genesis 1:6-8

In reading Genesis 1:6-8, my understanding from Genesis 1:6 was that the contextual meaning of "the expanse" was a land that separates waters from waters. In 1:7 it seems to be about separation of ...
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What does “image” in Genesis 1:26-27 mean?

Genesis 1:26-27 (ESV) 26Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the ...
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What did the label “abomination” indicate in Egyptian society?

The word תּוֹעֵבָה (tôʿēbâ, "abomination") is very common in the Hebrew Bible, usually designating breaches of covenant stipulations which are tôʿēbâ in the sight of YHWH. These uses are concentrated ...
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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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What is the significance of the author of Genesis using two different designations for God?

In Genesis 4:25; 6:3,6-8, 9-22; 7:1, 9, 16a/b; 8:1-19, 20-22, we see the author using two designations for God, “Yahweh”, and “Elohim”. What is the significance, if any, of the author bouncing back ...
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What is the significance of Gen 46:10 “Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman”?

What message is being conveyed in Gen 46:10 when it says of one of Simeon's sons: "Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman" (KJV)? Judah also had three sons by a Canaanite woman (Gen 38:2-5), Er, Onan, ...
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Why is there dust on the ground if there was a mist watering the ground?

Gen 2:6-7 ... A mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground ... Is there an explanation why there is still dust ...
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Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?

I had always been told that a day meant 24 hours, but a systematic theology textbook I read disputed that pretty well. (Please do not address this item in particular. This isn't the question I'm ...
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Is there an English equivalent for Nephilim of Genesis 6:4?

Genesis 6:4 (NIV)Emphasis added The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of ...
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How Could Abraham receive Canaan as “an everlasting possession”, as promised in Genesis 17:8?

"The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God" (Genesis 17:8, NIV) In the ...
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Did God say that Adam will die on the same day he ate the fruit?

but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17, NKJV) but you must not eat from the tree of the ...
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Do we know that the Enuma Elish came before Genesis? [closed]

Can the text of Genesis be dated before Enuma Elish? Are there any evidences for or against I know a common idea is that the Genesis narrative, at the least, takes elements from other Near Eastern ...
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In Genesis 17:24 and Acts 16:3, did Abraham and/or Timothy come under the curse of the Torah?

Paul argues in Galatians that circumcision obligates one to keep the whole of Torah: Gal 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of ...
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Genesis 22: Jehovah Jireh

Title spelled for recognizability. Forgive me. In Gen 22:14, Abraham names the place where the LORD provided a sacrifice in place of Isaac, calling it: יְהוָ֣ה ׀ יִרְאֶ֑ה אֲשֶׁר֙ יֵאָמֵ֣ר ...
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How many daughters did Lot have, two or four?

When we read the KJV we get the impression that Lot possibly had daughters living with their husbands in Sodom, in addition to two unmarried daughters still living at home: "And Lot went out, and ...
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Is El-Shaddai “Sky God” where Sky==Breasts?

I found the name "El-Shaddai" mysterious, but while going over Genesis, found the following passage (Gen 49) Wikisource translation From the god of your fathers, and he will help you, and the ...
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Is Jacob depicted as “a quiet man” in Genesis 25:27?

Genesis 25:27 describes the distinction between Esau and his brother Jacob: וַֽיִּגְדְּלוּ֙ הַנְּעָרִ֔ים וַיְהִ֣י עֵשָׂ֗ו אִ֛ישׁ יֹדֵ֥עַ צַ֖יִד אִ֣ישׁ שָׂדֶ֑ה וְיַעֲקֹב֙ אִ֣ישׁ תָּ֔ם יֹשֵׁ֖ב ...
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Why doesn’t the Septuagint include the characterization of Isaac as Abraham’s “only son”?

I have been working through bits of Genesis in Hebrew/Greek parallel, and overall it seems like there are few deviations from the Hebrew in the LXX (as opposed to, say, Proverbs), presumably due to a ...