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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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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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Do Adam and Eve have belly buttons? [closed]

Every one born has umbilical cord that is cut off at birth which leaves a belly button mark. Since Adam and Eve wasn't conceived and went through normal birth like all of us, there is no umbilical ...
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In Genesis 1 does the Hebrew say “a first day” or “the first day”?

"I recently looked at a bible where it says in Genesis creation account...And the evening and the morning were A first day." In the original language, is it meant to be "A" or &...
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What is the significance of Jesus being a carpenter?

Is there any significance in the fact that Jesus was a carpenter? Note the references in Matt 13:55, Mark 6:3 to Jesus being a carpenter and son of a carpenter. My thoughts are that the profession ...
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God says He is the Redeemer and He created all things all alone and by Himself, then why is Jesus presented as the creator and Redeemer? [closed]

Isaiah 44:24, "Thus says the Lord, you Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, I, the Lord, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself, And spreading out the ...
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Why in Gen 1:2 does God create an earth that is “without form and void” with darkness, when that is so different than God's character?

In 1Jn 1:5 tells us that "God is light and in him is no darkness at all". Yet this is darkness. When God creates he views it and says it is good. But this earth was without form (tohu which ...
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The relationship between wisdom and light

I am trying to understand the relationship between wisdom and light better (as well as logos and "the way"). I am mostly focused around exegesis of the Gospel of John. Jesus is the logos, ...
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Is feminists' translation of Genesis 2:21-22 from “rib” to “side” defensible? [duplicate]

Was it a rib that God took from Adam to make a woman? Genesis 2:22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man. And from the rib הַצֵּלָ֛ע (haṣ·ṣê·lā‘) Article | Noun - ...
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Was Adam made on day 3 or day 6? [duplicate]

In Genesis 1:27 we have the creation of Adam on the sixth day of creation. Genesis 1:27a, So God created Adam in God's own image... But in the next chapter, we have: Genesis 2:5-7, in the ...
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When did God create the waters in Genesis 1:2?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:2 Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering ...
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Are the birds formed from the sea? (Gen 1:20)

According to the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) and the Lexham English Septuagint (LES), birds and such seem to be formed from the waters: God said, "Let the waters bring forth swarms of ...
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Colossians 1:16 Jesus made things ON the earth

Wondering how the 'on the earth' is to be understood. It seems consistent across English translations. Colossians 1:16 (NIV): For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, ...
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Meaning of “…male and female created he them…” in Genesis 1:27

I am puzzled with the verse 1:27 from Genesis. https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Genesis%201:27 King James version reads: So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He ...
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Reconciling God of Israel refusal of King David's request to build a temple, & (2 Corinthians 5:17-19) new creature in Jesus Christ

1 Chronicles 22:8-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 8 But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have [d]waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My ...
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When God said remember in Exodus 20:8 was he referring to Genesis 2:2 or Exodus 16:23?

Exodus 20:8 NASB 8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, God had made reference to the rest on the seventh day earlier on during creation ...
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Sun and the stars—Why is Genesis 1:16 worded the way it is with regard to the sun and stars?

Can anything be inferred from Genesis 1:16 with regard to how the stars are mentioned as “also” being created? Does the text support or contradict the concept that the sun is indeed a star? “And ...
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Was it the first time that Eve saw the tree of good and evil in Genesis 3:7

Initial when the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is introduced not much is said about its details except its restrictions. Genesis 2:16 NASB 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From ...
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How could plants be created before the sun as they need the light for growth? [duplicate]

How could plants be created before the sun as plants need the sun for growth?
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Does Genesis 3:22 indicate that Adam was already subject to death before he sinned?

“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 ‭ Was Adam not subject to death prior to eating of ...
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In Genesis 1:1-2 why is the earth chaotic and barren?

What happened in the book of Genesis 1:1 and 1:2: ..and the earth was without form In verse 1 Bible said: in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Verse 2 the earth was without from
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Is the spirit of man a created thing?

According to the book of Genesis, God created man apparently by two ingredients: (1) dust of the ground (2) the breath of God Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and ...
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Is there an intended relationship between “the darkness” and “the Spirit of God” (Gen 1:2)?

I'm new here. I've been reading and re-reading through Genesis for a few months, and it seems to me that the scenes described by the text about "the darkness" (חֹ֫שֶׁךְ choshekh) and "the Spirit" (...
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Why does Genesis 2:7 read חַיִּ֑ים plural rather than singular

Genesis 2:7 in English it reads God breathe the breath of life(singular) but in Hebrew it reads lives(plural) What is significant that ‘Adam’ received a plurality of lives breathe into him? Eve didn’...
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Waters above the heavens true or false - Psalm 148:4

I realize there is a similar question In Psalm 148:4 are the waters above the highest heaven? But I’d like to revisit this verse and ask a different question or pose the question differently ...
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Does Genesis 3:1 imply that God did not create serpents?

Genesis 3:1 says Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made... [The New King James Version. (1982). (Ge 3:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.] In English, ...
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Sky and Land vs Heaven and Earth in Gen 1:1

This question concerns the phrase in Gen 1:1, "heaven and earth" as commonly translated in most English versions. The two Hebrew words are "shamayim" and "eretz". I observe that in the book of ...
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By Genesis 1:9 .and Genesis 1:10.Don't we have separation of the water into (e.g.) particular oceans and/or rivers?

In Genesis, it is said in the early days or at the time of creation When Gd created or was creating the world he ordered the appearance of land on one side and water (all in one) on the other. Does ...
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How come God didn't bless the land animals with reproduction?

That being said, among all the living creatures (humanity included), isn't it quite funny that the Lord didn't bless the land beasts with reproduction and multiplication? In Genesis 1:24-25 He just ...
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How come God didn't bless the land animals with reproduction? [duplicate]

According to Genesis 1, among all the living creatures (humanity included), the Lord didn't specifically bless the land beasts with reproduction and multiplication. In Genesis 1:24-25 He just created ...
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How does Genesis 2:6 reconcile with Genesis 1:11-13 AND to Genesis 2:5?

If we take Genesis 1 as supplying the outline of the making of the sky and land biodome it says that vegetation appeared on day 3 and the seeds were in the plants: NIV Genesis 1:11 Then God said, “...
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In Genesis 1:26, is there a play on the Hebrew words translated “image” and “likeness” to represent male and female?

I do not know Hebrew but will often look up keywords in passages to get deeper meaning out of passages. I was studying the creation story (namely the creation of mankind) and looked at the words ...
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What is the exact meaning of הׇיְתָה in Genesis 1:2?

In the first clause of Genesis 1:2 there is a verb הׇיְתָה. Some versions translate it as "was" when it also bears the meaning "to become" and many more. My question is what should הׇיְחׇה be ...
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Why עשה instead of ברא in Genesis 1:7?

Genesis 1:7 ויעש אלהים את־הרקיע ויבדל בין המים אשר מתחת לרקיע ובין המים אשר מעל לרקיע ויהי־כן׃ And God made the firmament, and divided between the waters which were under the firmament and between the ...
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Is the idea that there were no predators in Eden (Genesis 1:30) original?

The author portrays an utopian animal kingdom by stating that in the beginning all animals ate the green herb for meat. But what about the predators? Either the author want us to believe that lions ...
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Genesis 1:5 How can God call the light “Day” when light and day are two different concepts?

(Genesis 1:5) ויקרא אלהים ׀ לאור יום ולחשך קרא לילה ויהי־ערב ויהי־בקר יום אחד׃ פ (My translation of the bold part) And God called to the light, "Day" Just to make it clear, I understand that ...
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Can Adam in Genesis 2 be interpreted as referring to “humanity” rather than a specific man?

In the Minnesota Public Radio News story "Female faith leaders preach #SilenceIsNotSpiritual", guest speaker Lisa Sharon Harper went on a tangent while discussing attitudes towards women in ...
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Does a wasted, formless and void earth in Gen. 1:2 imply a previously existing world?

Jumping off of the question asked in Jul 2016 here about the similarity of Gen. 1:2 with the prophesy of Jer. 4:23 - Jer. 4:23 - 26: "23 I looked [to] the land, and lo, waste and void, And unto ...
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What is the meaning of “Let” in the phrase “Let there be light”?

Genesis 1:3 (KJV) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. What's the meaning of the word "let"? Is the meaning closer to: cause/effect, i.e. physics-related; or allow/permit (cf), ...
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Night and Evening Gen 1:5

Genesis 1:5 says God called the darkness Night. Then he turns around and says the evening and the morning were the first day. He does not say the night and the day were the first day. Why might God ...