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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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Did the serpent lie in Genesis 3:5?

Genesis 3:5 NIV 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Down a few verses it seems actually God confirms what the ...
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Why did Esau marry Mahalath?

Genesis 28:6–9: 6 Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite ...
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Why did God curse Canaan? [duplicate]

Gen 9:22(Kjv) And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and ...
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How did Noah know about his youngest sons sin?

Genesis 9:24 AKJV And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. ASV And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his noteyoungest son had done unto him. BBE And, ...
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Why is the second day of creation in Genesis 1:6-8 not “seen” or called “good”? [duplicate]

What makes the second day of creation different from the other 5 days? God calls all other creation "good", why not here? NASB Gen 1:6-8: 6 Then God said, “Let there be [e]an expanse in the ...
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Why is Cain's wife's identity unnamed?

Genesis 4:16 "And Cain knew his wife and she conceived and bore Enoch" Why does the wife of Cain not have an identity?
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Why didn't Jacob burn or destroy the items in Genesis 35:4?

Genesis 35:4 says: "So they gave Jacob all the foreign [a]gods which were in their hands, and the earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which was by Shechem....
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The meaning of Gen. 20:16 AV

I cannot understand the meaning of the word reproved in the following verse of the King James Bible: And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, ...
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What is the proper translation of the Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) in Genesis 3:8?

I recently discovered during the initial stage of study of the word “spirit” that the Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) in Genesis 3:8 is translated into English as “cool.” 8 And they heard the voice of ...
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Why does Pharaoh ask Jacob his age?

In Genesis 47, Jacob is presented before Pharaoh: Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed Pharaoh, Pharaoh asked him, "How old are you?" ...
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Are the Nephilim one and the same as the Gibborim? Genesis 6:4 Onkelos Targum

According to the Onkelos Targum which is considered an authoritative translation of the Pentateuch Onkelos Targum Nephilim = Gibborim; they are one and the same. גִּבָּרַיָּא הֲווֹ בְאַרְעָא ...
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Who were before and afterwards, the mighty men or the sons of God? Genesis 6:4

What I am not asking I am not asking who the giants are, nor, who the sons of God are. Nor am I asking what the event was that marks the before and afterwards. Question In view of this passage ...
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Why is favour said to be “found” in the Bible?

Why is favour said to be “found,” although people were not searching for it? Why does it not instead say, “favour found Noah” in Genesis 6:8? 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. NKJV, ©...
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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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Why was Jacob's family segregated into large tents?

In Genesis 31:33, when Laban went to look for his stolen teraphim, the author notes: And Laban went into Jacob’s tent, into Leah’s tent, and into the two maids’ tents, but he did not find them. ...
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Why did St. Jerome use “virago” in Gen. 2:23?

Why did St. Jerome use virago ("a man-like woman") to translate אשה in Gen. 2:23, when the LXX uses γυνή (woman)? And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be ...
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Is Noah's “youngest son” in Genesis 9:24 Ham or Canaan?

And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 21And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness ...
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Why did Jacob and David do nothing when tragedy happened in the family?

The two stories are very disturbing both Jacob (Dinah: Gen 34) and David (Tamar: 2 Sam 13) daughters were violated. In both cases it does not mention that they responded with anything however their ...
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A question about the word 'bone' in Genesis 2:23

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Genesis 2:23 KJV. I am new at this so please be patient. I wondered ...
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What was the time gap between the event Abraham justified by Faith in James 2:23 a and later Abraham justified by works in James 2:21?

What was the time gap between the event Abraham justified by Faith in James 2:23 Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the ...
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Were the sins of Judah greater than those of Sodom as alluded in Ezekiel 16:48?

.Ezekiel 16:48-51 NASB 48 As I live,” declares the Lord God, “Sodom, your sister and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. 49 Behold, this was the guilt of your sister ...
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In Genesis 27:19 what is the meaning of “that your soul may bless me”?

When Jacob responds to Isaac's call in Genesis 27:19 [NKJV], he says these words: “...I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your ...
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Genesis 3:15 translation

Why do we have 2 translations? Is the original Hebrew He shall bruise thy head correct, or the King James version It shall bruise thy head?
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Shouldn’t it read her tent? Genesis 9:21

In this verse the translators say that the tent belonged to Noah, ‘his tent’ but doesn't the feminine possessive suffix indicate that it should be her tent, as in his wife’s tent? “He drank of the ...
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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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Animals in the Old Testament [closed]

When God told Abram to bring a she goat of three years old and a heifer of three years old and a ram of three years old, how did Abram know the ones he chose to take was “three years old” - See Gen 15:...
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About how old was Abel, when his brother Cain murdered him? Genesis 4:8

Genesis 4:8 (NRSV) 8 "Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.”And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him."
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Is the Angel of the Lord identifying as God? Genesis 21:16-21

In the passage about Hagar in the wilderness of Beer-Sheba, we read that God heard the voice of the crying child Ishmael and then curiously the text speaks of the Angel of the Lord who then identifies ...
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In sorrow Adam shall eat..?

Genesis 3:17 says And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is ...
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Method of calculating the Years in Genesis Genealogies

In Genesis 5 it stands written concerning the descendants of Adam through to Noah and his sons. Now, in making my own chronology of years, I have come across an issue in applying the numbers together:...
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What kind of oil did Jacob use to anoint the pillar in Genesis 28:18?

When Jacob runs away from his brother he comes to Luz where he has an encounter with God at night.In the morning he takes oil and consecrates the stone he had used as a pillow. Genesis 28:18 NASB ...
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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 were people reunited (Gen 11) after being divided by language (Gen 10)?

Genesis recorded that Noah had three sons. Probably they were living among their own people and must be spoke one language but then how Noah's sons were divided into seperate community according to ...
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Why did Jacob name Bethel twice?

When Jacob runs away from Esau he goes to his uncle at Padam Aram.On his way he passes through the city of Luz and and has a dream at night of angels ascending and descending,God also gives him ...
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Does the root meaning of the word “Hebrew” used in Genesis 14:13 mean “pass over”?

Does the root meaning of the word "Hebrew" used in Genesis 14:13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of ...
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How can we understand the meaning of bara and asha in its text

Irrespective of whether one believes in Gap theory or not we see that the word Bara and asha is used several times in Genesis interchangeably. What confuses me is how are we to understand the actual ...
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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” (לַיְלָה) and “evening” (עֶרֶב) in Hebrew?

In Genesis 1:5, it is written, 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. NKJV, ©1982 ה וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָאוֹר יוֹם ...
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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 ...