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The creation of the world, described most prominently in Genesis 1-2; other creation traditions are scattered throughout the Hebrew Bible.

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Why do some translations of Genesis 1:2 include the word “now”?

“NOW the earth was formless and empty…”, Gen 1:2, NIV. “Now” seems to draw distinction from the act of creation in verse 1, whereas other translations start with “And”, which seems to indicate the ...
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Whom is God conversing with in Genesis 6:7?

After lamenting the degradation of humankind God passes judgement on humankind,animals and every creeping things. Its not clear who God was addressing concerning this issue Genesis 6:7 KJV And the ...
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Why did God "divide the light from the darkness"? Gen 1:4 [duplicate]

Because prior to the introduction of light, "darkness was upon the face of the deep," one would assume that darkness was created before light. I assume it was created because nothing ...
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In Genesis 1 was it the heavens or the earth which were created first?

Initially it is said that God created the heavens and the earth, which would suggest that the heavens were created first since they're are mentioned first. Genesis 1:1 NASB In the beginning God ...
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Does Mark 10:6 imply a short (literal) creation week?

In speaking about marriage and divorce, Jesus takes the Pharisees back to the beginning in Mark 10:6 (NKJV, emphasis mine): "But from the beginning of the creation [αρχης κτισεως], God ‘made ...
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Parsing and interpreting כָּל־הָעֵ֛ץ אֲשֶׁר־בֹּ֥ו פְרִי־עֵ֖ץ זֹרֵ֣עַ זָ֑רַע (Genesis 1:29)

Genesis 1:29 וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֗ים הִנֵּה֩ נָתַ֨תִּי לָכֶ֜ם אֶת־כָּל־עֵ֣שֶׂב ׀ זֹרֵ֣עַ זֶ֗רַע אֲשֶׁר֙ עַל־פְּנֵ֣י כָל־הָאָ֔רֶץ וְאֶת־כָּל־הָעֵ֛ץ אֲשֶׁר־בֹּ֥ו פְרִי־עֵ֖ץ זֹרֵ֣עַ זָ֑רַע לָכֶ֥ם יִֽהְיֶ֖ה ...
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Do angels predate Creation?

“when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” ‭‭Job‬ ‭38:7‬ ‭ This verse speaks of heavenly beings in the course of creation. Is there any indication that heavenly ...
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Why did God give Adam the specific task of naming the animals in Genesis 2:19-20?

When God began creating things he took it upon himself to name the things he had created. KJV Genesis 1 : 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the ...
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Why was Adam created alone?

When God created the living creatures and animals it seems they were created in pairs for multiplication purposes KJV Genesis 1:21-22 And God created great whales, and every living creature that ...
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Genesis 2:24 When does a man leave his father and mother?

Genesis 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Is this, the command here to leave father and mother, predicated on ...
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Does the "water" in 2 Peter 3:5 refer to a material cause?

2 Peter 3:5 - "...and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God" (ESV) Does this verse's text give us any ideas on how to properly interpret this? I have been ...
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Does Bible cosmogony allow for the creation of other planets? [closed]

Gen 2:1 BSB Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. Was this where other planets were created?
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Was God's Kingdom (Biological Taxonomy) Violated?

If we use Scripture's taxonomy for the animal kingdom (4 kinds): 1 Corinthians 15:39 (KJV): All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of ...
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Why does God curse the land the second time in Genesis 4:11-12?

11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her ...
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Was Adam capable of procreation in Genesis 2:7,8?

“then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the ...
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What does Psalm 139:15 "..in the lowest part of the earth.." mean?

The Psalmist says that our frame were made in secret in the LOWEST PART OF THE EARTH. What dies this refer to? What is the real meaning?
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Is using Jn 1:3 and Col 1:16 to declare Jesus the creator going a bit beyond what these passages actually say?

The scriptures in question read in the Young's Literal Translation: John 1:3 all things through him did happen, and without him happened not even one thing that hath happened. Colossians 1:16 ...
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(Psalm 33:6) LXX Duality to Logos?

I've been chasing the concept of Logos around the text and was drawn into Psalm 33:6 where we have: Psalm 33:6 (NRSV), By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath ...
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Were their eyes opened simultaneously in Genesis 3:7?

Genesis 3:6, 7 NIV 6 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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John 1:9 - has one Person been the 'light of the world' since the world's inception?

ην το φως το αληθινον ο φωτιζει παντα ανθρωπον ερχομενον εις τον κοσμον [John 1:9 TR, undisputed.] This answer explains that ἐρχόμενον is accusative masculine singular see Biblehub Interlinear and ...
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When God created Adam and Eve and the covenant of marriage between the two, did He already have the marriage between Christ and the Church in mind? [closed]

The union between man and woman, which we currently understand as the covenant of marriage, was part of God's original plan for His creation according to Genesis 2: 20 The man gave names to all ...
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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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How did Adam know that Eve had been formed out of his rib/bone in Genesis 2:23?

It is said God caused the Adam to fall into a deep sleep and during that time God formed Eve out of Adam's rib/bone . 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was ...
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When was the serpent cast out of Eden?

When Adam and Eve had ate the fruit they were subsequently cast out of Eden(garden) Genesis 3:23 Ttherefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was ...
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What does it mean that Jesus is before all things (Colossians 1:17)?

Colossians 1:17: 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [ESV] 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. [KJV] 17 He is before all things, and in Him ...
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Are humans made of body + spirit or body + soul + spirit? Genesis 2:7 & Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 vs 1 Thessalonians 5:23 [closed]

Genesis 2:7 gives the idea that a human being is the combination of a physical body (from dust) and a spirit (God's breath of life): 7 then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and ...
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Other than Bara, what words are used in Genesis for creation?

The word "creation" is used 5 times in Genesis 1. I know that "bara" means to create from nothing. Is that same word used all 5 times?
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Does Genesis 1:29-31 leave any room for the existence of animal-based diets in the period between the Creation and the Fall?

Genesis 1:29-31 (ESV): 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. ...
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Why did God approve of animal-based diets if Adam and Eve were originally vegan?

Genesis tells us that Adam, Eve and all animals had originally plant-based diets, as God provided them with every plant and tree for food: 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant ...
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Does the rendering of Gen 1:26 allow for man to pre-exist but not in God's image?

Where the text says 'Let us make man in our image" suggests to me that man already existed but not in God's image. If man were a new creation at that point the text would make more sense if ...
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4 rivers of eden [closed]

A river is a division between two bodies of land by a body of water. If the rivers were divisions of land, that are most significant, what are they? So. By taking this test, I determined, - ...
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What does it mean to 'work' and 'keep' the garden?

The words are also translated 'tend/cultivate/serve/dress' and 'guard/take care/watch over/preserve' וַיִּקַּ֛ח יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶת־הָֽאָדָ֑ם וַיַּנִּחֵ֣הוּ בְגַן־עֵ֔דֶן לְעָבְדָ֖הּ וּלְשָׁמְרָֽהּ׃ ...
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If human beings were created perfect in Genesis, then why is it necessary to change our natural bodies into spiritual/angelic bodies?

1 Corinthians 15:40-46 (ESV) reveals the mystery of the natural and heavenly/spiritual bodies, and that human beings will be granted the latter at the resurrection: 40 There are heavenly bodies and ...
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Are there Hebrew linguistic connections between the images of Creation and the Flood

I have notices that there are several images within the bible that keep repeating, yet in a somewhat altered state. To begin, let us compare the first image of the Spirit hovering over the water in ...
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How could the earth form before the sun?

In the Bible it clearly states: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1) and then in the same chapter: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, ...
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Why does the Bible put the evening before the morning at the end of each day that God worked in Genesis chapter one?

Each day that God worked in Creation in Genesis chapter one concludes with the words, "And the evening and the morning were the [1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th] day." Day as we know it, begins ...
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The ‘makeup’ of man - what is man?

This question comes out from a comment .. The Q was closed, so I couldn’t respond via a comment reply, so I’ll both ask it here, (open it up), and also respond here ... GEN 2:7 then the Lord God ...
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Gen 1:16, " ... and the stars"

Among the literal translations of Gen 1:16 we have three forms typified by: NASB: God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made ...
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Do we have a Father of all living things, if yes what’s Adam’s role and the meaning of this scripture

Genesis 3:20 KJV [20] And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
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Does the Bible say the earth was created in six 24 hour days?

Genesis 1:5 says that God ended the first creative day with the expression, "the evening and morning were the first day". Each successive day ends with the same expression. Does this ...
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Did God ever consider animals as suitable help for man in Genesis 2?

The passages in this question are all from Genesis 2. After creation God expresses how no suitable companion could be found for the man 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. ...
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Genesis 1:3, Did God Make Light?

I'm trying to read Genesis 1 very closely and I'm noticing a thing about Genesis 1:3. God says יהי אור. Then it just says "and there was light." The form of "to be" (היה) here ...
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In Genesis 1:9 was the earth exposed or fabricated, ותראה?

“And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭ In English to say something “appeared” can give ...
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What is the difference between of Genesis 1:24 and Genesis 2:19?

In Genesis 1:24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind....
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What evidence exists that confirms the view that the early Hebews held to a solid dome cosmology [duplicate]

It is often stated that the early Hebrews believed in a cosmology that differed greatly from what we believe today. For example, it is claimed that the Hebrews believed that the sky was a solid dome ...
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What are the two lights in Genesis?

Genesis 1:16 (KJV): And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. The sun obviously has its own permeating light. ...
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With regards to the word all, to what does it apply in Exodus 20:11

“For in six days the Lord made heavens and earth, the seas, and all כל that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭20:11‬ ...
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Is this a valid interpretation of Genesis 1:1-3?

The following is my interpretation of Genesis 1:1-3 but I would appreciate feedback if it is a valid interpretation. Gen 1:1 "...God created the heavens and the earth" meaning that before ...
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In Genesis 2:21-22, KJV, why was Eve taken out of man (Adam), and not formed from the dust of the ground?

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he ...
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Is neshamah (breath) created or uncreated?

Berean Study Bible, Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath [h5397 נְשָׁמָה neshamah] of life [h2416 חָי chay] into his nostrils, and the man ...
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