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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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Should "διά" (dia) be translated as "through" or "because of" in the five NT verses pertaining to God creating the world for Jesus?

John 1:3 ESV All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. Or All things were made because of him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. ...
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Why do some translations render Genesis 2:5-7 as a chronology?

Skeptics often accuse Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 of contradicting (note also How does Genesis 2:6 reconcile with Genesis 1:11-13 AND to Genesis 2:5?). This is based on Genesis 2 translations such as the ...
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Translation of "wayhî" (וַֽיְהִי־) in Genesis 1

Most of us are probably familiar with the formulaic "and there was evening and there was morning, the Nth day" in Genesis 1. Recently, however, I came across a source quoting the KJV, which ...
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Is there a specific meaning in KJV Genesis 1:1-5 on how it is presented in the Biblehub?

From this link When I read the quote presented like above, my own conclusion : Verse 1 and 2, The Beginning ---> is not the first day yet. Once after the Light created The First Day: Light, then ...
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What is the connection between Y-H-V-H's battle with the dragon and creation in Psalms 74?

Psalms 74:13-17 recounts a series of victories of Y-H-V-H. The first couplet documents victories in battle against both the Canaanite chaos sea snake [1] and the sea monster Leviathan [2]: אַתָּ֤ה ...
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Why do Genesis 1 and 2 sequences of events and other details differ so widely?

In Genesis 1 the seed-plants are made first. Then birds, aquatic and marine creatures are summoned from the water. Beasts of the earth are called forth from the earth. Man is shaped (SHAPE(V): (ברא / ...
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In 1 Corinthians 8:6, should δι αὐτοῦ ἡμεῖς be translated "because of whom we exist" or "through whom we exist"?

1 Corinthians 8:6 ESV translation: yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we ...
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What are the waters waiting for?

Genesis 1:9 And God said: let the waters be gathered together under the heavens in one place and let dry land be seen. The Hebrew word for 'gathered together' is qavah which means to wait, its ...
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Is God the speaker of Psalm 102:25-27 or is it the psalmist David? Does the truth about this verse change if it's quoted in the New Testament?

25 Beforetime the earth Thou didst found, And the work of Thy hands [are] the heavens. 26 They -- They perish, and Thou remainest, And all of them as a garment become old, As clothing Thou changest ...
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Heaven and Earth are the work of whose hands according to Psalm 8:6 Hebrews 1:10-13; 2:5-8?

Hebrews 1:10-13; 2:5-8 YLT and, 'Thou, at the beginning, Lord, the earth didst found, and a work of thy hands are the heavens; these shall perish, and Thou dost remain, and all, as a garment, shall ...
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Was mankind (adam) created in the image and likeness of God's heavenly assembly; where the Adam was made head over the rest of mankind as God's image?

Does scripture teach in Gen. 1:26-28; that (a collective) man (H120, adam, i.e. mankind, the general word used for man, cp. Ex 4:11); was made after the image and likeness of God's heavenly ...
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Did God create out of nothing or just what is not seen?

Hebrews 11:1, 3 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not ...
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What is meant by saying that the earth was formless?

We read in Gen 1:1-2: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over ...
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What did God Create Genesis 1:1 - Heavens or Heaven?

In Gen 1:1, some translation say 'heavens' and others say 'heaven.' Which one is correct?
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why does genesis 1:27 says man was created in God's image and then in Genesis 2:7 is when God actually creates man

I know God Created man on the 6th day (Genesis 1:27) so I was questioning why it talks about God forming man again in (Genesis 2:7). I do get it but I need a full clarification.
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In 1992 I found an ancient near east literary type called "royal chronicle" fit the first Genesis Creation account. What genre is it considered now? [duplicate]

During my university student days, about 1992, I once attended a seminar about ancient near eastern literature concerning kings. Somewhere in the middle of it, one speaker was describing a literary ...
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How can Jesus NOT be a created being, but the Creator himself? [duplicate]

These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. (Rev 3:14) How can Jesus NOT be a created being, but the Creator himself?
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What fruit was God referring to?

In Genesis 2:16, 17 when God commanded Adam not to eat the fruits from the tree of knowledge. what fruit was he referring to an apple or sexual sins Gen 2:16, 17 - And the LORD God commanded him, “...
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Do the Stars in Genesis 1 support an allegorical view on the Creation account

Stars are commonly used in biblical views as an allegory to angels. The most common of these is in Revelation when it states a third of the stars will "fall down from heaven". We can also ...
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God did not intend ALL animals to be fruitful and multiply according to this passage ....or am I misreading?

Genesis 8:17 ESV Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be ...
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What does John 1:4 mean?

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. (NIV) In context, the verse appears to be talking about the pre-incarnate Christ (this is in the section that begins "in the ...
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Tanninim (Great Sea Creatures) not good in Genesis 1?

In John Walton's book The Lost World of Adam and Eve, Walton makes this statement: Many have noticed that in Genesis 1, day 2 is not labeled as good. Fewer have noticed that the technicalities of the ...
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Let Us make man in Our Image [duplicate]

How is the creation of the physical first man an image of the spiritual God? What is the “design” of the first man that represents “Our image?” Gen 1:26, 27 - Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our ...
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Does the Hebrew verb in Genesis 1:1-3 for "God said" imply an instant act of creation (perhaps like the Greek aorist tense)?

So what can be deduced from the Hebrew verb as to the creation process? Instantaneous fiat event, or long drawn out process? Or an obscure meaning, indefinite as to time?
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Why didn't God speak to the waters to subside in Genesis 8:1?

After the flood when God wanted the waters to subside he sent the wind to that KJV Genesis 8 : 1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and ...
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Who did Jehovah command in Psalm 148:5?

Psalm 148:5 YLT They do praise the name of Jehovah, For He commanded, and they were created.
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1 Peter 3:7 - So what exactly are husbands and wives understood to be vessels for to varying degrees?

In 1st Peter 3:7, Peter instructs husbands to be cognizant that their wives lack the strength that men do as vessels. 1 Peter 3:7 7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, ...
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Does "God said" (Gen. 1:1-3) imply a Fiat Creation since Jesus did miracles instantaneously by speaking too (Mtt 8:3)? [closed]

It seems at a cursory reading that God spoke things into existence immediately by simply expressing an imperative sentence, with immediate results. Does the conduct of Jesus years later give any ...
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Were the first three days equal in length to the fourth in Genesis 1?

The first three days were marked by the separation of light from darkness Genesis 1:3 NLT Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.:4 And God saw that it was good. Then he ...
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Does the structure of Gen 1:27 tell us something about the order of mankind’s creation?

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭27‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Is this set of 3 lines meant to imply the order in which he made ...
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Is "God is light" more than metaphor in 1 John 1:5?

1 John 1:5 states that God is light - but Genesis 1:3 describes God creating light. Obviously God cannot create himself; nor does his nature change. I see a few options here, and I'm wondering which, ...
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Does the creation account describing the position of the sun, moon, and stars contradict modern science? [closed]

Then God said: "Let there be an expanse between the waters, and let there be a division between the waters and the waters." Then God went on to make the expanse and divided the waters ...
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Is Psalm 74:13 prophetic of the future or a reference to the past? Was that part of the process of taming the chaotic abyss?

Psalm 74:13You crumbled the sea with Your might; You shattered the heads of the sea monsters on the water. https://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16295/jewish/Cha
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Could there be some deeper/Spiritual meaning why darkness was created ahead of light in Genesis 1:2?

KJV Genesis 1 : 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Throughout the Bible darkness is ...
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What is the main reason that God created the woman? [closed]

The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He ...
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Genesis 1:1-3 Creator of the heavens and the earth? [closed]

When I was reading Genesis 1, I noticed something interesting: Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said.....
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Is Genesis 1:1-2 part of the first day?

What evidence is there, either for or against, the idea that Gen 1:1-2 are not part of the first day but rather that the first day starts with Gen 1:3? The following information isn't strictly ...
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In Light of Deuteronomy 4:15 & John 4:24 how to understand the image and likeness in Genesis 1:26? [duplicate]

We are initial told that when God created humankind he made him in his image and likeness. Genesis 1:26 ESV Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have ...
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Nasb 2020 implying creation not in 7 days?

My nasb 2020 says God did ... on A 2nd day, A 3rd day, etc. rather than on THE 2nd day, THE 3rd day, etc. Is it implying the days were not consecutive? That day 4 may have been a few thousand years ...
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Isaiah 27:1 Why does the Leviathan need to be punished?

Relevant verse: Isaiah 27:1 ​1 In that day the Lord with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon ...
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Why is the placing of man in Eden mentioned twice? Gen 2.8 and Gen 2.15

When looking at the creation of man in Genesis 2, I was struck that God describes putting him in Eden twice, separated by the description of rivers: Genesis 2:8 (KJV 1900) 8 And the LORD God planted ...
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According to the text, are the trees of life and of the knowledge of good and evil symbolic or actual trees?

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for ...
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Does Colossians 1:16 represent the creation of a sub-set of things within the universe?

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by ...
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Revelation 21:5 - “Behold, I am making all things new?”

In Revelation 21:5, when God says "Behold, I am making all things new.” It seems straightforward to me that God is making all things (in the main or on the whole if not all individual things) ...
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Is Paul making the "watchmaker argument" in Romans 1:18-25?

Romans 1:18-25 (ESV) 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known ...
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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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