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The first book of the Hebrew Bible which covers events from Creation to the start of Israel's sojourn in Egypt.

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Serpent Seed Confusion [on hold]

Why do people struggle so much with the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares in Matthew 13:24-38? The Greek word for "seed" is G4690 (sperma). If Jesus meant for the word "seed" to mean "word", He ...
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In Gen 3:17, why was Adam blamed for heeding the voice of Eve?

Given God said it is not good for man to be alone and created Eve for Adam, what is significant about the phrase “because you heeded the voice of your wife”?
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What is the significance of the scarlet thread on Zerah's hand at the end of Genesis 38?

The whole sequence of events is so strange that it feels symbolic. Hands don't normally come out first in childbirth, and then pulling it back in is curious. Why would a midwife be so anxious to label ...
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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 there a difference between “night” and “evening” in Hebrew

Why does the Bible use different words like ereb for evening and laylah for night when they both denote the same thing?
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Can the Hebrew word qara (קָרָא) mean to rename?

We see in Genesis 1:5 that God called the light as day and darkness as night. The Hebrew word used to translate this word is קָרָא. We see however that God was renaming something that already had a ...
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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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Why did Adam and Eve risk eating the forbidden fruit even when fully aware that they will die if they eat it? [closed]

Relevant Passage: 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree ...
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What does Genesis 3:7 mean? [duplicate]

Genesis 3:7 says: Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Why was the first thing they (...
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What are God's voice, charge, commandments, statutes & laws that Abraham kept?

What are God's voice, charge, commandments, statutes & laws that Abraham obeyed & kept Genesis 26:4-6 and I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy ...
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Did God make two great lights or did He make the great light two?

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the ...
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what is the meaning of the Hebrew phrase “ Yehi or” (translated as let there be light) in Gen. 1:3?

I have difficulty understanding what is the actual meaning of the Hebrew word "Or". The confusion I have is, since the preceding jussive verb "Yehi" indicates a dynamic condition, when it is used ...
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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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MT “will strike” & LXX “will watch carefully” (Gen 3:15)?

I haven't seen this question asked at all in the threads I've searched, so this shouldn't be a duplicate. I've been looking for answers about God's curse over the serpent in Gen 3:15. The question I ...
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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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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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Multiplication of men on earth

In genesis 4 our ancestors had only two kids Abel and Cain. Abel was killed. How to explain multiplication of world population then?
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Are there some things God does not know? Reference Genesis 22:12

The applicable words in Gen. 22:12 in Hebrew are "For now I know..." Either God didn't know before that moment, or He lied when He made that statement. We know the latter is not possible.
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Did Abel cry to God thru his blood literally?

According to Genesis 4:10, did Abel’s blood cry to God literally?
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How did Rebekah know that Esau was planning to kill his brother in Genesis 27:42?

Even after learning of his brother's deceit Esau cries out to his father for blessings as well never mentioning any reprisals. We are only told that he planned murder in his heart and there is no ...
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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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Is the God of Nahor the God of Abraham?

In Genesis 31:53, Laban sets up a boundary marker between his land and Jacob's and says: The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us. Apparently some ...
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In James 2:23 how does the author quote Genesis 15:6?

In buttressing his narrative about faith and works James makes reference to the Isaac and Rahab incidents in Genesis and Joshua respectively as a model of how faith and works go hand in hand James 2:...
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Genesis 20:4 — Why does Abimelech stand for the whole nation?

Genesis 20:1-5 (translation mine) And Abraham journeyed from there to the land of Negeb, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, settling in Gerar. 2 Now of his wife Sarah Abraham had said, “She ...
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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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Is Genesis 3:15 correctly translated?

KJV Genesis 3:15 "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." The Swedish version(s) do not ...
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Genesis 1:26 and Genesis 3:22

Why do English translations (NIV, etc) say "us" and "our" in Genesis 1:26 and Genesis 3:22 but the Hebrew doesn't say that when viewed with an Interlinear version?
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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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Does the Septuagint more accurately translate Genesis 15:6 than English translations?

Genesis 15:6 : ... and he counted it to him for righteousness. KJV. ... and He reckoneth it to him -- righteousness. Young's Literal. ... And He counted it to him for righteousness. Green'...
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Can adam mean humans?

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over ...
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‘In’ or ‘On’ the earth (Hebrew) - Genesis 6:5

It interesting to observe בארץ being translated by different English (and non English) translations as either in the earth or on the earth. This is not limited to this verse by any means. “The ...
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Question regarding Genesis 2:7 [closed]

Thank you for taking my question. In light of the recent change in abortion laws, I have been in a debate with some of my family members who are of the belief that "soul" life does not begin until a ...
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In the Dead Sea Scrolls, for Genesis Chapter 18, do we have no more than 5 or 6 verses?

In the Dead Sea Scrolls, for Genesis Chapter 18, do we have no more than 5 or 6 verses? i notice this link only lists 5/6 verses, i'm wondering if that website is complete. Or if there is more we ...
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Why is חַוָּ֑ה (Gen. 3:20; 4:1) translated “Eve” in KJV (both cases) and “Ζωή” in Gen. 3:20 (LXX), yet “Ευαν” in Gen. 4:1 (LXX)?

The Hebrew proper noun, חַוָּ֑ה, in Genesis 3:20 and Genesis 4:1, is transliterated "Eve" in both cases in the KJV, yet "Ζωή" and "Ευαν" (Gen. 3:20; 4:1, respectively) in the LXX. It should be "Chavah"...
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Where did Edom pursue his brother with a sword as recorded in Amos 1:11?

Amos 1:11 NKJV 11 Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, And cast off all pity;...
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In Matthew 4:5 how can the devil be called “the father of lies” (John 8:44) and yet be observed speaking the truth to Jesus?

Scripture says that the devil does not hold the truth, for there is no truth in him and that when he lies, he speaks his native language for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44): Jhn 8:...
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In Genesis 8:20, why did Noah offer sacrifices after the Flood?

In Genesis 8:20, Noah creates an altar after getting off the Ark: Gen 8:20 ASV - 20 And Noah builded an altar unto Jehovah, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and offered burnt-...
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Why is עֲרוּמִּ֔ים (Gen 2:25) translated “naked,” and in the very next verse its singular form, עָר֔וּם (Gen 3:1), is translated “crafty/shrewd?”

I am curious as to why the Hebrew word for "crafty/shrewd," עָרוּם, used to characterize the serpent in the Garden in Genesis 3:1 is the same word in Genesis 2:25, describing Adam and Eve, yet ...
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If God did not intervene, would Nimrod have successfully built a tower to God?

In the KJV Genesis 11: 1-9 we read that Nimrod began constructing a tower to God (with the help of what seems everyone in existence at the time). Taking notice of this God says, "Behold, the people is ...
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Difference of words in Genesis 6:21

Why did Moses used 2 different words in Genesis 6:21 when writing about the food Noah was to bring aboard the Ark? The first one is "maakal" meaning "food". The next one is "okleh" meaning "food for ...
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Difference of words in Genesis 6:7 and Genesis 6:17

Why did Moses used 2 different words in Genesis 6:7 and 17 when writing about the consequences of the Great Flood? The first one is "machah" meaning "to exterminate". The next one is "shachath" ...
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Is it a mark against Esau that he is a hunter?

In Genesis 25:27 we are told of Esau that he was a skillful hunter, which is contrasted with the character of Jacob: When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while ...
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What does the verbal connection between Joseph's coat and Judah's signet indicate?

I was listening to Genesis 37-38 the other day and there was a striking verbal parallel between the narrative in which Joseph's brothers sell him and deceive their father Jacob and the narrative in ...
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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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In Genesis 6:7, what is the reason given for God’s destruction of animals (other than humans)?

In Genesis 6:7, it is written, 7 So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I ...
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God's decision regarding The Great Flood

Am curious as to how and why God went all "I'm going to get rid of ALL creation." in Genesis 6:7 to "Noah take animals with you aboard the Ark." in Genesis 6:19-20 concerning the beasts of the earth. ...
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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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How should we understand Gen 31:24 in view of the context (i.e., Laban speaks to Jacob) and an apparent Hebrew language nuance?

How should we understand Gen 31:24 in view of the context (i.e., Laban speaks to Jacob) and an apparent Hebrew language nuance? The King James Version (“KJV”) provides a marginal note at Gen 31:24 ...
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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, ...