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The first patriarch -- see Genesis 12-25.

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Genesis 21:25 and Genesis 26:18 are talking about the same water well?

In Genesis 21:25 we see Abraham "buying" a water well in the land of Beersheba in a contract with the king Abimelech. In Genesis 26:18 we read that Isaac dug some old water wells (which had ...
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Would Abram have thought Sarai's womb was dead in Genesis 12?

In Genesis 12, Abram is 75. Sarai a bit younger. In our current age such a woman would have a dead womb. And God promised to Abram: "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you"...
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What attracted Abimelech to an old woman in her 80s or 90s?

At the risk of sounding crass, Sarah was advanced in years in Genesis 18, but in Genesis 20 King Abimelech took Sarah because he was apparently attracted to her. Then in Genesis 21 Abraham becomes a ...
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How is it possible for G'd to be blessed by the servant of Abraham?

When we read this (from Sefer Torah Genesis 24:48) And I kneeled and prostrated myself to the Lord, and I blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, Who led me on the true path, to take the ...
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How did Abraham learn about the God, YHWH (LORD, KJV), in Chaldea, enough to communicate with Him?

Chapter 12:1 of Genesis bluntly introduced the narrative between Abraham and God with simply: The LORD (YHWH) had said to Abraham... No information was given about the religious life of Abraham and ...
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Genesis 12: The Call of Abram: Did Abram obey as an act of faith?

In Genesis 12:1, 2, God calls Abram: Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great ...
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What is Sarah's "pleasure" in Genesis 18:12?

In Genesis 18:12, Sarah says the following (NKJV, emphasis added): “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” What does Sarah mean by having pleasure? Most directly, ...
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Your exceeding great reward vs your reward will be great in Gen 15:1

Please I need help understanding the difference in translations. This morning while studying I stumbled on the difference in translation between ESV and KJV for Gen 15:1 where KJV States "and thy ...
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According to the Bible were bibleic Egyptians and Pharaos Iaphetan/Japhetan?

I have consulted the Gen 10 but not sure how the actual people at each particular moment of time would map to that genealogy of Noah sons. Of a particular interest would be to know the provenance of ...
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Why have God chosen to order offering Isaak as a whole-burnt offering to test Abraham?

The LXX text says that God wanted to test ἐπείραζεν Abraham by ordering him to kill Isaak (offer him as a whole-burnt sacrifice). But why did God choose this particular test? Is there more to this ...
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Why does Paul say the law came after 430 years in Galatians 3:17?

Galatians 3:17 NET What I am saying is this: The law that came 430 years later does not cancel a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to invalidate the promise. But its clear the law was ...
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Genesis 23:6 A mighty prince, or prince of God?

““Hear us, my Lord; you are a prince of God among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you his tomb to hinder you from burying your dead.”” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭23‬:‭6‬...
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If Lot went to Zoar, why did his daughters think no one was left on earth?

Did Lot actually go to Zoar? Bible text would suggest yes. However, why would the daughters think no one was left on earth? Genesis 19:31. It seems to me they arrived in Zoar and later left. Although ...
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Genesis 12:10-20 and Genesis chapter 20: Why did Abraham lie about Sara, saying she was his sister and not his wife? [closed]

I’m not a biblical scholar so please don’t be too hard on me. I understand that twice Abraham presented his wife Sara as his sister. First in Egypt and later after Sodom and Gomorrah. I am not sure ...
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Did the proximity of the words "Abraham" and "David" in the first verse of Matthew's Gospel mean more than just "offspring" to early Jewish readers?

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ "This is the record of the genealogy[a] of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham" Net Matthew 1:1 tn Grk “the book of the genealogy.” The noun ...
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Is Iscah also Sarai in Genesis 11:29? [duplicate]

KJV Genesis 11 : 29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah....
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Why did God impute righteousness to Abraham? Does Paul conflate Genesis 15 and Genesis 17 in Romans 4?

Paul states in Romans 4:22 that there was a reason that righteousness was imputed to Abraham ('therefore'). The reason (or reasons) are stated in 4:16-21: He believed God (who quickens the dead and ...
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Did Abraham separate with Sarah after sending away Ishmael?

The last time Sarah is with Abraham is when she sent away Ishmael.It is said this grieved Abraham so much Genesis 21:10-11 ESV So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the ...
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Could the 'your' in the Melchizedek blessing refer to God and not Abram?

The pronouns in Gen. 14:20, the Melchizedek blessing, flip from third person (he) to second person (you). "Blessed be Abram" (third person)..."Blessed be God Most High, who has ...
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Why do scholars think Abraham came from Ur in Mesopotamia?

Most scholars still think that Abraham came from Ur in southern Mesopotamia / Sumer. This seems strange for a number of reasons, including: -The Ur in Mesopotamia is NOT beyond (East of) the Euphrates,...
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Why did Abraham ask for confirmation of God's covenant? Gen 15.8-21, Rom 4.21, Heb 6.13-16)

Abram believed the LORD, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Gen 15:6 and The LORD also told him, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess....
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Heb 6.18 says there are two immutable things; why can't there be three immutable things (according to Gen 15, the covenant with Abram)? [closed]

God cannot deny His promise nor His oath. These are two immutable things, says Heb 6.18. But covenant too is the third one which God cannot deny. If He denies, he will become like Jer 34:18. So by ...
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Why didn't Abraham tell Isaac the truth in Genesis 22?

God instructs Abraham to offer Isaac as a sacrifice KJV Genesis 22 : 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there ...
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Why did Abraham insist that Isaac marry from his kinfolk in Genesis 24?

Genesis 24:37 NASB My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 38 but you shall go to my father’s house and to ...
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Why is Sarah not mentioned in either Terah or Haran's Toledoth in Genesis 11?

When Abraham is accosted by Abimelech king of Gerah concerning Sarah he claims that she is his sister from his father's side Genesis 20:12 NASB Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my ...
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Genesis 12:7 the seed of Abraham is who?

Genesis 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. Noting that the seed comes from the ...
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Who gave a tenth in Genesis 14:20?

Genesis 14:18-20 NASB And Melchizedek the king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of [p]God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said,“Blessed be Abram of [q]God Most High, [r]...
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Did Terah’s family (which Abraham came from) worship the Lord?

If Terah and his family lived in "Ur of the Chaldees" (Genesis 11:26), does that mean he followed the religion of the Chaldeans? Later, they moved to Haran (v. 31). Might that mean that they ...
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Why was Abram called the Hebrew in his time?

Many people was called by a name after their forefathers such as the descendants of Canaan were called the Canaanites, the descendants of Ishmael were called Ishmaelites, then we see the Moabites, the ...
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(John 7:22) Why the confusion with Moses and Abraham?

As I'm looking at John 7:22, I see: Moses gave you circumcision (it is, of course, not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), and you circumcise a man on the sabbath. (NRSV) It seems like the ...
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How does Stephen say God gave no inheritance to Abraham in Acts 7:5?

Acts 7:5 ESV: Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child But Abraham did ...
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Is it not odd that Abraham would use the sister-wife exploit (Gen 20:2) when Sarah was 90?

Was she made miraculously desirable? Or has this chapter been misplaced, as some have suggested? What is the best explanation of why the sister-wife exploit was used when Sarah was so old (Gen 20)?
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Is it fair to say that deceit is a trait of Abraham's family? Did the Lord ever approve of their lying? [closed]

Abram deceived Pharaoh and Abimelech about Sarai’s identity (claiming she was his sister: Gen 12 and 20). Isaac deceived the second Abimelech about Rebekah’s identity (Gen 26). Rebekah and Jacob ...
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How should Jesus' former existence (before Abraham) be classified? [closed]

Jesus said 'Before Abraham was I am', John 8:58, immediately after which his hearers took up stones to cast at him, since they clearly regarded this as a blasphemy for only Deity could speak such a ...
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In the context of how Jesus is interpreted as the Israel in the OT, how does that bridge covenants? [closed]

Many of the OT scriptures that applied to Israel are applied to Christ in the NT, so that Jesus is the very essence of Israel in a spiritual context. Even the servant psalms in Isaiah, such as Isaiah ...
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I've been assigned to do an exegesis on Gal. 3:15-20 this coming Sunday morning and I would appreciated any help with this passage

(ESV) Gal. 3:15-20 15 To give a human example, brothers:[fn] even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to ...
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Did the angel instruct Abraham to look behind in Genesis 22:11-14?

We are told that the angel of God called from heaven instructing Abraham not to kill his son Isaac KJV Genesis 22 : 11-11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, ...
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Genesis 15:8 - But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” (Huh ???)

Question: Why all of a sudden does Abraham need some kind of evidence for believing that God will fulfill His promise to give Abraham this land when Abraham had already walked over 500 miles because ...
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Did Sarah get taken by 2 different Pharaohs?

Abimelech took Sarah to be his wife. Did another Pharaoh also take Sarah? Gen 20:2 - Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech king of Gerar had Sarah brought to him.
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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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