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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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Is “grown to love” a reasonable understanding of אהבת in Genesis 22:2?

One of the more perplexing statements in Genesis is God saying Isaac is Abraham's only son: 1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “...
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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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What is a blessing?

In Genesis 47 (KJV) we read 7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And a while after 10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before ...
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Where is the threshing floor of Atad?

In Genesis 50:10 (NASB) When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they mourned there with a very great and sorrowful lamentation; and he observed seven days of ...
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Zebulun's territory isn't at the seashore

In Genesis 49:13 (NASB) “Zebulun will reside at the seashore; And he shall be a harbor for ships, And his flank shall be toward Sidon. In Joshua 19:10-16 (NASB) 10 Now the third lot came up for the ...
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Did Joseph have other children?

In Genesis 48:6 (NASB) But your children that you have fathered after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the names of their brothers in their inheritance. Did Joseph have other children ...
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Does God show favoritism?

Acts 10:34 Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism Genesis 18 1The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was ...
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GOD Feeds us with DeLight (Genesis 1:3) [closed]

GOD Feeds us with Divine DeLight, Genesis 1:3, then why are most of today's "scholars" feeding back GOD with what they think are "translation" when GOD has HIS Very Specific ...
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In Daniel 12,6-7, is there some significance to the man being “above the waters”?

[Dan 12:6-7 NASB] (6) And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long [will it be] until the end of [these] wonders?" (7) I heard the man dressed ...
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Why take five men to the Pharaoh?

In Genesis 47:2 (NASB) And he took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh. Why would Joseph take five men?
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Reason for using 66 and then 70

In Genesis 46:26 (NASB) All the people belonging to Jacob, who came to Egypt, his direct descendants, not including the wives of Jacob’s sons, were sixty-six persons in all, The next verse, Genesis ...
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Where is Goshen?

In Genesis 45:10 (NASB) For you shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me (...) Where is Goshen?
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Could God be ok with some types of divination?

In Genesis 44:5 (NASB) Is this not that from which my lord drinks, and which he indeed uses for divination? (...) and in Genesis 44:15 (NASB) Joseph said to them, “What is this thing that you have ...
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Could they go to Egypt and back twice during that perceived timespan?

In Genesis 43:10 (NASB) For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice. Does this make sense to be interpreted literally?
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Isaac blessing Jacob twice

In Genesis 27:23 (NASB) And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. In Genesis 27:25 (NASB) So he said, “Bring it to me, and I will ...
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Did Reuben only have two sons in Genesis 42?

In Genesis 42:37 (NASB) Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my care, and I will return him to you.” In Genesis 46:...
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“the people of all the earth” going to Egypt [duplicate]

In Genesis 41:57 (NASB) Then the people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the earth. Is this to be interpreted literally?
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Who was Pharaoh in Joseph's time?

In Genesis 40:2 Pharaoh was furious with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. Who was the Pharaoh? Note: similar question was asked about the Pharaoh of Ezekiel's time and an ...
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Did Genesis 36 happen before Genesis 32?

In Genesis 36:6-8 (NASB) 6 Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all his household, and his livestock and all his cattle, and all his property which he had acquired in the land of ...
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Who were Esau's wives?

In Genesis 26:34-35 (NASB) When Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35 and they brought grief to Isaac and ...
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Oak near Shechem vs Oak of Moreh

In Genesis 35:4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which they had and the rings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem. Is this tree the referenced in ...
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Jacob's household had idols

In Genesis 35:2-3 2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Remove the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments; 3 and let’s arise and go ...
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Is “journeyed on” meaning a “short trip with intention to come back”?

In Genesis 35:1 (NASB) Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” Then in Genesis 35:...
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Did Jacob have more than one daughter?

I thought Jacob had 13 children, being Benjamin the last one. By Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Essachar, Zebulun and Dinah Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali Zilpah: Gad and ...
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Link(s) between Jesus' Prodigal Son parable and Esau & Jacob's reunion story?

In Genesis 33:4 (NKJV): "But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept." In Luke 15:20 (NKJV): "But when he was still a great way off, ...
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Why does Bethuel seem to disappear after verse 50 in Genesis 24?

Bethuel seems strangely absent in Genesis 24. First, Rebekah "ran and told her mother’s household about these things" (Gen 24:28). Then, Laban is the one who ran out to meet Abraham's ...
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Does Hamor in Genesis 34:3 have double-meaning?

In Genesis 34:2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. the term "of Hamor" comes from H2544 / Chamowr ...
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Jacob's “eleven children”?

In Genesis 32:22 (NASB) Now he got up that same night and took his two wives, his two female slaves, and his eleven children, and crossed the shallow place of the Jabbok. By stating "his eleven ...
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Revelation 12:7 and there was war in heaven, is this before the creation Gen. 1:1 or is it in between Gen.1:1 and Gen. 1:2?

Revelation 12:7 "And there was war in heaven". I am trying to understand if the war is before creation. Gen. 1:1 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." I know ...
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How can one go from Bethel to Luz?

In Genesis 28:19 Then he named that place Bethel; but previously the name of the city had been Luz. in Genesis 35:6 So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and ...
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Did God give an oath to Isaac as alluded in Psalms 105:8-10?

PSALMS 105:8-10 niv 8 He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, 9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. 10 He confirmed it to Jacob ...
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Is the blessing of the father included in the birthright?

In Genesis 25:29-34 we read that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob. Later, in Genesis 27, we see that Jacob has to plot with Rebekah in order to get that blessing. So, it appears as if Jacob was aware ...
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Abraham have 2 sons or only one? [duplicate]

The question is clear. Genesis 16:15. And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. Genesis 21:1-3. And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord ...
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Do Genesis 20 and 26 refer to the same Abimelech?

In Genesis 26:1 Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines. Is this the ...
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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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Who was Abraham's servant that went on the quest to find a wife for Isaac?

In Genesis 24:2 Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household who was in charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh, Who was this servant?
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Hiding the truth or statement of your faith?

In Genesis 22:5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the boy will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” Was Abraham hiding the truth or is it an ...
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Lot's sons-in-law reaction

From that part I've marked in Genesis 19:14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, and said, “Up, get out of this place, for the Lord is destroying the city.” ...
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Is Zoar like Sodom?

In the following passage in Genesis 19:2-3 i marked a specific part 2 And he said, “Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant’s house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then ...
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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 1 Corinthians 7:8, is Paul intentionally undoing Genesis 2:18?

1 Corinthians 7:8 (NIV): Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. Genesis 2:18 (NIV): The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I ...
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When Jesus states, πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι ἐγὼ εἰμί (John 8:58), is he speaking of the period when Abraham was called Abram?

After Jesus took action which resulted in a man blind from birth seeing, a controversy over the man's identity ensues. Near the end of the dispute the man responds to those who are interrogating him ...
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Was Isaac aware that Jacob was fleeing Esau?

It seems only the mother was aware of the threat that Esau had issued Genesis 27:42 NIV 42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “...
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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 and/or where is the smooth part of the neck?

“And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭27:16‬ ‭ Where is this smooth or sometimes translated slippery חלקת part of the neck? Some ...
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Same term used for Noah's ark and Moses's basket

In Genesis 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. The term used for "an ark" is tebah. This term is also ...
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Why the conjunction from Genesis 1:2 onwards?

It seems that some choose to read into the text of Genesis 1 a title and also claim that day 1 begins in v3. Why would the text go through the trouble of connecting all the “verses” that follow to the ...
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Why do Sarah and Abraham doubt they will have children in Genesis 17 and 18 when their forefathers conceived at older ages?

We are told in Genesis 21:5 that Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born. In Genesis 17:17 Abraham doubts that a child could be born to someone of 100 years old. But we are also told that Adam was 130 ...
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Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. How in verse 2 was the earth without form?

How can this be if? Our God is perfect in all His way, how then did this formless and wasted earth get like this?
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Is Noah's curse of Canaan a prophecy the LORD would become, or take on the form of a servant?

As a result of Ham's actions, Noah pronounced a curse on his grandson, Ham's fourth son: When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a ...

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