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The first patriarch -- see Genesis 12-25.

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Did Abraham really lie about Sarah being his sister (Gen. 20:2, 4, 11)?

We are often told that Abraham and Sarah lied to Pharaoh about being brother and sister: Genesis 20:2, 4: "Abraham said of Sarah his wife, 'She is my sister.'... 4Now Abimelech had not come near ...
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Was it the action of the men of Sodom that precipitated its destruction in Genesis 19?

Initial the Lord had told Abraham that they had come to see if the cry that came out of Sodom and Gomorrah if it was true Genesis 18:20-21 ESV So the Lord told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry ...
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Was Lot aware of how wicked Sodom and Gomorrah were when he chose the Jordan valley?

In the narrative in Genesis 13 we are told of how after a conflict between Lot and Abraham's herdmen the two decided to go separate ways.Lot is said to have chosen the Jordan valley while Abraham went ...
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Parallels between story of Abraham handing his wife Sara over to the Pharaoh (Gen 12) and Israel then spending 400 years slavery in Egypt [closed]

In my study of the books of Genesis and Exodus, I have noted what appear to be clear parallels between the events which take place between Abraham and his wife Sara and the future events which take ...
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Genesis 22:9-13 Why did Abraham disobey

But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I ...
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Time span between Genesis 15:13 and Genesis 46:6

Is it possible, on the basis of the text, to establish the approximate time span between God's prophesy to Abraham about his descendants' being mistreated in Egypt: "And he said unto Abram, Know ...
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How could the Jews say "We have *one* father: God", directly after saying "Abraham is our father"?

In the Gospel of John we read what seem to conflicting admissions by Christ's Jewish audience, one on the verse of stoning Him: John 8:39-41: "They answered and said to Him, 'Abraham is our ...
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Did Ishmael drink from the well that Abraham dug?

Genesis 21:14-19, NIV 14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way ...
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Is Haman a child of Amathlaah and a brother to Abraham? [closed]

https://g.co/kgs/3DRgqQ It says: Children- Abraham,Haman So is he a brother to Abraham and the son to Amathlaah
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Is Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac also a prefiguration of the law for redeeming firstborn sons from God?

Every firstborn son belongs to God and must be redeemed. This law is repeated several times in the Pentateuch. For example: Ex 13:11-13: 11 “This is what you must do when the Lord fulfills the ...
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Why did "Abraham" call the rich man "child" in Luke 16:25?

Luke 16:25: "But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.'&...
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Does "the city" in Hebrews 11:10 refer to heaven?

In Hebrews 11:8-10, the author refers to Abraham's faith. In the ESV: 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not ...
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At Genesis 17;1-2 God Almighty appears to Abraham and says He will multiply him exceedingly. How did God appear, in a dream, vision or physically? [duplicate]

Perhaps someone knows of another way of God appearing to Abraham and that's fine. Whatever answer you give please back it up by Scripture. I will do the same by answering my own question.
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According to Hebrews 6:13-16 God swears by Himself an oath to Abraham, but at Genesis 22:15-16 why does it say the angel of the Lord swore the oath?

According to "The Jewish Encyclopedia," it describes the "Jewish Law of Agency." The Law of Agency deals with the status of a person (known as the agent) acting by direction of ...
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Is there some reason why God does not give help to angels (Hebrews 2:16)?

The Letter to the Hebrews contains some fascinating features. But it also contains puzzles. One such puzzle may be this one: Hebrews 2:16: "For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He ...
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Who is said to have the tent behind him in Genesis 18:10?

Genesis 18:9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife ...
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Did God make a covenant with Abraham whilst he was in a deep sleep in Genesis 15:21?

It is said Abraham fell into a deep sleep then God began to speak to him which subsequently led to the making of a covenant Genesis 15"12 NASB - Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep ...
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Is there a symbolic meaning to 'possessing the gates of your enemies' in the Hebrew language?

Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies.” Genesis 22:17 I will surely ...
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When did Abraham go away from Haran?

I am trying to make a list of all persons in the Bible with all dates, but I struggled with one thing. What is Abraham's birthday? There are two versions I found out: Version A (According to Genesis ...
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Was Ruth barren like Sarai?

In Genesis 16:1-3 (NASB) we read that after 10 years Sarai have Hagar to Abram Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not borne him a child, but she had (B)an Egyptian slave woman whose name was Hagar. 2 So ...
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Why did God bless Abraham's marriage with Sarah if she was his sister and incestuous relationships are categorically prohibited in Scripture?

Abraham married his sister: 11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she is indeed my sister,...
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“Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” - why did the Jews want to throw stones at Jesus for saying this?

John 8:53-59 (NRSV): 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my ...
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What is the significance of the "horror of great darkness" in Gen 15.12?

Genesis 15.12: "And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him." (KJV) Is this similar to the plague of darkness in Ex 10....
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Oak near Shechem vs Oak of Moreh

In Genesis 35:4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which they had and the rings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem. Is this tree the referenced in ...
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Did God give an oath to Isaac as alluded in Psalms 105:8-10?

PSALMS 105:8-10 niv 8 He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, 9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. 10 He confirmed it to Jacob ...
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Who was Abraham's servant that went on the quest to find a wife for Isaac?

In Genesis 24:2 Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household who was in charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh, Who was this servant?
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Hiding the truth or statement of your faith? [duplicate]

In Genesis 22:5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the boy will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” Was Abraham hiding the truth or is it an ...
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Why do Sarah and Abraham doubt they will have children in Genesis 17 and 18 when their forefathers conceived at older ages?

We are told in Genesis 21:5 that Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born. In Genesis 17:17 Abraham doubts that a child could be born to someone of 100 years old. But we are also told that Adam was 130 ...
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Why was it so important to Abraham that Isaac not go back to Abraham's homeland?

Genesis 24:1-9 (CSB): Abraham was now old, getting on in years, and the Lord had blessed him in everything. 2 Abraham said to his servant, the elder of his household who managed all he owned, “Place ...
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At what age during the time of Abraham, is considered as old age?

We can see in the bible that a lot of generations from Adam live around 500 - 1000 years. Right now, with an average life expectancy of 70, we consider 50-60 years as old age. In Genesis 17:17, ...
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Why was Abraham not punished for looking at Sodom whilst it was burning in Genesis 19:27?

After Lot had been told to vacate Sodom and escape its judgement his wife is said to have looked back at the burning city and was turned into a pillar of salt Genesis 19:23-26 NIV 23 By the time Lot ...
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Genesis 18 speaks of the Lord and two angels or the Lord as three men?

I would prefer an answer from the Hebrew for reasons that will become obvious I hope. Reading through BH I come across the interpretation that Abraham saw the Lord and two angels in Gen18. My ...
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Meaning of God's thought concerning Abraham in Genesis 18:19

Genesis 18:19 For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham ...
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How to understand Genesis 17:27 NASB?

Genesis 17:27 NASB 27 All the men of his household, who were born in the house or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him. What does the above text mean by bought with money ...
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Did Abraham bless the sons of Keturah?

Genesis 25:1-3 (DRB): 1And Abraham married another wife named Cetura: 2Who bore him Zamram, and Jecsan, and Madan, and Madian, and Jesboc, and Sue. We know that Abraham had three wives: Sarah. ...
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Did Abraham really see God? [duplicate]

It says in Genesis God appeared to Abraham but other places no one has seen God Genesis 12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your [a]descendants I will give this land.” And there he ...
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When and what did Abraham saw Jesus in John 8:56? [closed]

John 8:56 New King James Version (NKJV) Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” When did Abraham saw Jesus' day? In Genesis 22:4 Genesis 22:4 New King James ...
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Why does the angel say “not withheld from me” in Genesis 22?

In all of the Bible versions I have looked at the angel of the Lord says “you have not withheld from me your son” or something like “you have not withheld thy son, thine only son from me”. If God is ...
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Why are there 5 mentions of "I will" in Genesis?

In a covenant God makes promises and in exchange asks the other party (Abram) to fulfill certain commitments. Within the whole bible, God makes a total of 5 covenants God (Noah, Abraham, nation of ...
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What did Abraham give in his tithe?

Genesis 14:16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people .... //cut Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything ...
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What was the time gap between the event Abraham justified by Faith in James 2:23 a and later Abraham justified by works in James 2:21?

What was the time gap between the event Abraham justified by Faith in James 2:23 Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the ...
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Is the Angel of the Lord identifying as God? Genesis 21:16-21

In the passage about Hagar in the wilderness of Beer-Sheba, we read that God heard the voice of the crying child Ishmael and then curiously the text speaks of the Angel of the Lord who then identifies ...
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In Genesis 21:10 did Abraham show weakness by allowing Sarah to cast out Hagar and Ishmael?

Sarah tells Abraham to be intimate with Hagar which subsequently leads to the birth of Ishmael,but later Sarah pressures Abraham to cast out Hagar and his son Ishmael and disinherit him Genesis 21:...
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How were the birds arranged in Abraham's sacrifice in Genesis 15:9-10?

Genesis 15:9-10 NKJV 9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he brought all these to ...
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Parallels between Balaam and the binding of Isaac?

While reading about Abraham's prophetic role, I came across a passing mention that the rabbis identified some key parallels between the Abrahamic and Balaam narratives, particularly connecting the ...
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What does Genesis 20:7 mean that Abraham is a prophet?

Speaking of Abraham in Genesis 20:7, God warns Abimelek: Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure ...
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Why does God tell Abram to bring THESE animals?

In Genesis 15:7-10, God gives instructions to Abram: He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” But Abram said, ...
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Why is Abraham so adamant to pay for the land to bury Sarah?

In Genesis 23 (NIV), Abraham negotiates with the Hittites to purchase a burial plot for his wife, Sarah. He is particularly interested in the property of Ephron the Hittite with whom he negotiates: ...
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Was Abraham"s reaction one of disappointment in Genesis 17:18?

After the disclose that Abraham's heir was still in the future not his current son,somehow his reaction seemed peevish and one of disappointment Genesis 17 NASB ” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face ...
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Circumcision: for Seed or Seeds?

There is something I am not understanding. For a little while now I thought that the reason we did not have to be circumcised was because circumcision belonged only to "the [fleshly] descendants" of ...