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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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Why is Abraham so adamant to pay for the land to bury Sarah?

In Genesis 23 (NIV), Abraham negotiates with the Hittites to purchase a burial plot for his wife, Sarah. He is particularly interested in the property of Ephron the Hittite with whom he negotiates: ...
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Is John 1:1-3 an allusion to Proverbs 8:22-31 LXX?

The idea of the LOGOS being with God and active in creation always seemed to me to be alluding to Genesis 1 where God creates the world by speaking, "Let there be..." and I think that's still valid. ...
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Was Abraham"s reaction one of disappointment in Genesis 17:18?

After the disclose that Abraham's heir was still in the future not his current son,somehow his reaction seemed peevish and one of disappointment Genesis 17 NASB ” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face ...
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Which water is Peter referring to in 2 Peter 3:5-7?

In 2 Peter 3:5-7, the Apostle said "For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the ...
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Why is אתך in Genesis 24:40 pointed אִתָּךְ rather than אִתְּךָ?

וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָי יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר הִתְהַלַּכְתִּי לְפָנָיו יִשְׁלַח מַלְאָכוֹ אִתָּךְ וְהִצְלִיחַ דַּרְכֶּךָ וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשָּׁה לִבְנִי מִמִּשְׁפַּחְתִּי וּמִבֵּית אָבִי In context, the person being ...
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Onward to Shinar: From the East or to the East?

Here are the choices...and of course, they are opposites: ESV Genesis 11:2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. NET Genesis 11:2 When the ...
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When did people start to eat meat?

On the sixth day, God gave humans green plants as food: 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 ...
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Genesis 6:3 Is it talking about Spirit or spirit?

“Then the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years."” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭6:3‬ ‭ESV‬ Is there a direct connection between the presence of His ...
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In the NIV translation of Genesis 3:6 is the phrase “with her” a sound reasonable translation? [duplicate]

Most commentators indicate that the words "with her" are an inaccurate rendering. Please resolve the conflicting opinions on the phrase "with her". When God addressed Adam In Genesis 3:17 He did not ...
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Which garment did Potiphar's wife take from Joseph in Genesis 39?

Which garment was being referred to in Genesis 39 as being taken by Potiphar's wife whilst Joseph fled?
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The meaning of “know” in the Bible

I am wondering about the use of "know" in the sexual sense in the Hebrew Bible (e.g., "[Cain] knew his wife" in Gen. 4:17). Is this an euphemism by the first translators into English, or was this ...
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In Genesis 4, did Cain and Abel have previous knowledge of sacrifice?

In Genesis 4, did Cain and Abel have previous knowledge from God about the required sacrifice? Genesis 4:3–5 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit ...
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In Genesis 1:14, how are the “lights in the firmament of heaven…for signs”?

In Genesis 1:14, it is written, 14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and ...
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In Genesis 21:17 why does God hear only the boy's prayer?

As I read Genesis 21:17, I spent a good time wondering why God heard the cry of the boy whereas his mother also cried at the same time. "And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God ...
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Meanings of “Himself” in Hebrew (Isaiah 53:6 and Gen 22:8)

Question about a Hebrew grammatical allowance I heard of a long time ago and I cant remember where: In either if these two passages: Isaiah 53:6 (NKJV) "All we like sheep have gone astray; We have ...
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Why does the name “Jacob” continue after being changed to “Israel”?

In Genesis 17 when Abraham was 90 years of age God appears to him and tells him in verse 5 that his name is no longer Abram - hitherto Abraham had been called Abram - God appears to him and tells him ...
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Who is the “woman” of Genesis 3:15?

According to the Hebrew, could/does the "woman" of Genesis 3:15 refer to Eve?
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How was Isaac conceived? [closed]

How was Isaac conceived? Did Abraham have sex with Sarah or was it just by God's divine power without Abraham's involvement?
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In Genesis 9:15 what does the covenant promise about floods?

Long before Abraham there was Noah and this covenant: [Gen 9:15-16 NIV] 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become ...
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In Creation account especially Genesis 1:1-3 and 1:26, why “elohim” and “us' and ”our" are plural? [duplicate]

My question is different from question why "elohim" is translated as singular "God" and not plural "Gods", because I like present a talking about about it is not "Elohim" is the subject, but "Elohim" ...
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Why do people say Jesus is the only sinless person to walk this earth? [closed]

I have heard this a many of time from people. Even read it in some post on this site. Can some one give me some scripture reference for this? From what I get from the scriptures: (KJV) Genesis 3:8-...
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Consecration of the first born

Numbers 3:11,12: ...I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine, for every firstborn are mine... Why do we ...
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Elohim at Genesis 1:1: subject or object?

My question is about the alternative interpretation given on page 110, note 22 of this excerpt of the Zohar, Pritzker Edition. The note posits that אלהים might have been created by the unnameable ...
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Genesis - Didn’t God create Human with Wisdom? [closed]

Why was Eve not wise enough to say 'NO' during the Temptation by Serpent? "Their eyes will be opened after eating the forbidden Fruit and they will know good and bad". [3:6] ".......to make one wise"? ...
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Why are there 12 tribes of Israel and not 13?

Why are we are told that there are 12 tribes of Israel when there are, in fact, 13 tribes! Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh? ...
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In Genesis 1:31, what does “very good” mean?

In general, “Very good” is relative, i.e. better than “good” but not as good as “very, very good.” Certainly not absolute, i.e. “perfect.” Even if “very good” did mean “perfect” that could mean that ...
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Was God's motive for barring man from eating of the “tree of knowledge” as given by the serpent true?

According to the serpent in Genesis 3:5, God's motive for prohibiting man from eating from the "tree of knowledge" was that man shall not become godly like him, For God knows that when you eat from ...
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In Genesis 4:2-8 why did God not accept Cain's offering? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what special thing did Abel do that permitted God to accept his offering but not accept Cain's. I tried to read this part of Genesis 4:2-8: Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the ...
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What did God see in Noah, that earned his grace? As I can find no reference to what he did, or how he lived in the scriptures.

As stated in Genesis 6:8 (kjv) But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
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What is the significance of Sarah denying having laughed in Genesis 18:15?

Gen. 18:12-16 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” 13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say,...
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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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The incongruity of God's covenant with Abram in Gen 12:1?

Gen 12:1 1The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless ...
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Who are the people Cain was afraid of that would slay him? [duplicate]

Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me. -- Genesis 4:14 (...
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What actually transpired in the world where Noah grew from, that led to the flood? [closed]

What actually transpired in the world where Noah grew from, that led to the flood?
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How old was Sarah when God first promised that she would bear a son for Abraham?

How old was Sarah when God first made the promise that she would bear a son for Abraham?
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Did Reuben believe that his brothers had killed Joseph?

In Genesis 37:21-22, Reuben talked his brothers out of killing Joseph: But when Reuben heard it, he rescued him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” And Reuben said to them, “...
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Why did Joseph's brothers immediately leap to explaining Joseph's demands in the way they do?

Genesis 42:18-21 (NIV): On the third day, Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God: If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you ...
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Genesis 2:24 - is the joining / clinging between man and wife in the active or passive tense?

Some translations of Genesis 2:24 (eg NKJV) say: Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. While others (eg KJV) use the active ...
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Amalekites in Genesis

In Genesis 14:7 we see this verse. Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were ...
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The Book of Acts and the Elamites

The Elamites are the most curious group of people in the entire Bible. They first appear in the Book of Genesis where they are the sovereign kings over the vassal-states of the cities of the plain. ...
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Who were the Nephilim? [duplicate]

Genesis 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they ...
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Was Joseph sold to Egypt before the Dinah incident?

Dinah incident Genesis 34:1 KJV 1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. 2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of ...
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Is “eternal fire” in Jude 7 an allusion to 4 Maccabees 9:9?

NIV Jude 1: 5Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lordc at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the ...
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Genesis - Eden: Was There Punishment for Disobeying the Lord God? If so, What Was It?

What was punishment for Adam, Eve, and the serpent for disobeying the Lord God's order to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Neither Adam or Eve died and their disposition remained ...
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What is the actual number of הַשָּׁמַיִם ( the heavens), dual or plural?

I was doing a word study on הַשָּׁמַיִם in Gen 1:1 when I came across some references which says that it is a plural noun (since the suffix is plural), but some references say that it is a dual noun. ...
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Taking possession of the gates of one's enemies

This blessing is used more than once in Genesis, e.g. 22:17 to Abraham about his descendants: וְיִרַ֣שׁ זַרְעֲךָ֔ אֵ֖ת שַׁ֥עַר אֹיְבָֽיו Your offspring shall take possession of the gate of ...
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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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Is there a “gap” between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2? [duplicate]

Is there a time differential between Genesis Chapter 1, Verse 1 and Genesis Chapter 1 Verse 2? or is Genesis Chapter 1 Verse 2, "And the earth was..." a continuation of Genesis Chapter 1 Verse 1?
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In Genesis 19:8 was Lot offering up his virgin daughters to be raped by the men of Sodom? [duplicate]

In Genesis 19, after Lot has brought the angels to his home, the men of the city come and demand that Lot bring them out, that they might have sex with them. Instead, Lot offers his two daughters: ...
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How did Nephilim reappear after the flood?

We all know that after Noahs flood, all living things on the earth were destroyed including the Nephilim from Genesis 6:4. It is presumed that one of the reasons God destroyed the earth was because of ...