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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. It tells the origins of heaven and earth, Adam, Noah, Noah's sons, Shem, Terah, Ishmael, Isaac, Esau and Jacob.

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The problem of the ages of Judah's sons and grandson

‬ And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah. Genesis 38:1 (KJV) Genesis 38:1 and the rest of the chapter ...
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What is the provenance of Genesis 50:33 in the Joseph Smith Translation?

The Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis contains a curious verse which does not appear to be attested in the Masoretic Text. It's apparently often used as a proof-text for the Mormon religion: And ...
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Is there hidden significance to Eve’s ‘with’ in G4:1?

In English we can use the word ‘with’ to mean sharing credentials or to mean aided by. As an example if Rob says I co-authored a novel with James, they are both being credited for writing the novel ...
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What is the literal translation of Genesis 15:6 (b)?

And he believed in the Lord and he counted it to him for righteousness. [Genesis 15:6 KJV] וְהֶאֱמִן, בַּיהוָה; וַיַּחְשְׁבֶהָ לּוֹ, צְדָקָה. Genesis 15:6 The middle Hebrew word of the text appears ...
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Should Psalm 104 be read as a commentary on Genesis 1 or vice versa?

Should Psalm 104 be read as a commentary on Genesis 1 or vice versa? What does scholarly consensus say about when Psalm 104 and Genesis 1 was written?
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Should Kainan be considered authentic and original to Genesis 11, and therefore included in the biblical genealogy?

Luke 3:36 - the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech Gen 11:12, 13 (LXX) - And Arphaxad lived a hundred and thirty-five years, and begot Cainan. And ...
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Does Genesis 2:9 have a sense of experiential knowledge as compared to other types of knowledge?

From the Amplified Bible, Genesis 2:9: And [in that garden] the LORD God caused to grow from the ground every tree that is desirable and pleasing to the sight and good (suitable, pleasant) for food; ...
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Is Genesis 2:7 sufficiently ambiguous to support an interpretation that God spent millions of years to form Adam from dust?

Genesis 2:1-7 NKJV Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all ...
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Are Genesis Chapters 10 and 11 split incorrectly?

Regarding the Tower of Babel narrative... I have posted elsewhere about the timeline problem of Babel happening only ~100 years after the flood. Population, technology, etc. issues are all raised with ...
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Who inherited Isaac's Wealth?

The Bible says in Genesis 25:5 "Abraham gave everything he owned to his son Isaac" (NLT). That's straight forward. However, it is not clear who inherited Isaac's wealth. The Bible states ...
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Why does God remember the covenant with God? (self-reference)

Genesis 9:16 NKJV - The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God (אֱלֹהִ֔ים) and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” ...
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Leah and Rachel's Wife Status

While studying Genesis, I had a question come to mind: Was there any difference is the wife status of Leah and Rachel? The Bible makes it clear that a slave or concubine would have a secondary status ...
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ו as vowel in paleo-Hebrew

In אֱלוהִים the is a vowel, not a consonant. As vowels were not used in paleo-Hebrew texts wouldn't אֱלוהִי have been written without it? So, for example, the paleo-Hebrew for צדק and צדוק would have ...
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Could the 3 ribs in the bear's teeth symbolize 3 cities? Dan 7:5

If a rib symbolizes a woman, and a woman can also be a city, wouldn't it stand to reason that the three ribs symbolize 3 cities? Looking to Rev 17:18 "And the woman which thou sawest is that ...
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What is the significance of the term die, die ( מוֹת מוֹת, mûṯ mûṯ) at Genesis 2:17? Die repeated twice

What is the significance of the term die, die (מוֹת מוֹת, mûṯ mûṯ) at Genesis 2:17? Die is repeated twice. Genesis 2:17 (New International Version): but you must not eat from the tree of the ...
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How do I know if a word in the English translation is implied by the Hebrew or Greek, or specifically stated?

I understand that one way to know is if an English translation like the NKJV or NASB has words in italics. Then I can know that the English word is implied rather than actually stated in the original ...
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Why are "ha-adam" and "adam" often translated inconsistently in Genesis?

The word, adam, means “man” (SH 120) and it’s also a name, Adam (SH 121), and it can mean “red” (SH 119 with the same vowel points). Ha means “the” in Hebrew, so ha-adam means “the man.” I’m not ...
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How does וְ / הֶאֱמִן vᵊhe'ĕmin "believe" reflect the root word אָמַן 'āman?

The Hebrew word for "believe" is וְ / הֶאֱמִן vᵊhe'ĕmin. As in Genesis 15:6: "Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness." The root for וְ / הֶאֱמִן ...
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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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Genesis 28:3 a congregation of peoples

The phrase 'Company of Peoples' in Genesis 28:3 is similar to the Greek word in the NT for congregation. I think Genesis 28:3 refers to nations of people, but since it is similar to ekklesia, is it ...
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Can σπέρματος in Gen 3:15 be used in the figurative sense?

According to Gottingen's eclectic edition of the LXX, Genesis 3:15 in the English translation says, "I will place enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he will ...
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What is the image of God in Genesis? [duplicate]

In the Genesis accounts of creation, God executes a plan he has had to create man in his image and give him authority over the earth. Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after ...
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Was Eliphaz in Genesis related to Eliphaz in Job?

Genesis 36:10-11: These are the names of Esau’s sons: Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Basemath the wife of Esau. The sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and ...
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When God says in Genesis 1.3,"Let there be light," is he creating light? or commanding that light be created?

From the revised Oxford edition, Genesis 1.3: Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. It does sound more like God is commanding that something be done, not that he himself is doing ...
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Why did Jacob say that seeing Esau's face was like seeing the face of God?

From Genesis 33:8-12 (NIV): Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?” "To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said. But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my ...
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Was the New Jerusalem created in the beginning?

Did God create this city alongside the world in the beginning because after God created everything in the heaven and on earth, he entered his rest which means he ceased works of creation. Genesis 2:1-...
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Did Esau ever “break Jacob's yoke from his neck”? (Genesis 27:40)

Scripture says in Genesis 27:40 NKJV that Isaac said to Esau, 40 By your sword you shall live, And you shall serve your brother; And it shall come to pass, when you become restless, That you shall ...
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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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Genesis 3:21, how it seems everybody agree that the "skin" is an animal skin which is killed by God?

Genesis 3:21 And the LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them. Quote from "What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?": The first death of an animal occurred ...
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What is the open square? (Genesis 19:2)

Genesis 19 NKJV records: Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward ...
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Why does St Paul attribute humility to incarnation of Son of God in human likeness, given the glorification of human form in Gen 1?

We read in Gen 1:26-28 how man was made in God's likeness and image. We also read in Phil 2:6-7 (NIV): Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his ...
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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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A Firmament explanation

Can someone explain to me about the firmament. I know it is the heavens above but, that would mean no one could go beyond that. No outer space as we were taught in school. Correct! Gen 1:6-8 - Then ...
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What is the etymology of “Israel”

Is “Israel” a three word hybrid of “Isis”, “Ra”, and “El”? If so, is Isis a representation of chaos and destruction and Ra representation of order and construction? In this case, does the name ...
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Why does Lamech speak of himself using the third person? (Genesis 4:23-24)

Genesis 4:23-24 NKJV 23 Then Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech! For I have killed a man for wounding me, Even a young man for hurting me. ...
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Why did God tell Lot not to look back? (Genesis 19:17)

Genesis 19:15-17 NKJV 15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city....
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Why did Jacob want to not be buried in Egypt?

In Genesis, Jacob (or Israel) asked Joseph to not bury him in Egypt. Genesis 47:29 And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found ...
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Image and Likeness of God?

Genesis 1:26 tells us what God wanted to do: "let us make man in our image and likeness". However in Genesis 1:27 man is only made in the image of God. But in Genesis 5:1 we are told that ...
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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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Why is the sin of Sodom in Genesis 18: 21 in singular 'sin', not 'sins'?

Genesis 18:20-21 please help me answer this question if you can .thank you And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down ...
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How should Genesis 3:20 be rendered?

Should it be “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she WAS the mother of all living”? Or should it be “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she WOULD BECOME the mother of all living”? ...
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Why is "was" inserted into English translations of Genesis 2:9?

Almost all the English translations of Genesis 2:9 make a break between the trees for food and the other two trees, often inserting "was." Compare the translations from KJV and NKJV, which ...
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Was the flood a result of the same curse that God told to Adam?

Genesis 3:17 New King James Version 17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: ...
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Explain Ezekiel 31:18 that implies that the trees of Eden went down to the world of the dead

In Ezekiel 31:18 Explain how and why the trees of Eden went down to the world of the dead. (NASB) “To which among the trees of Eden are you so alike in glory and greatness? Yet you will be brought ...
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Is the Death penalty really justice? [closed]

In Genesis 9 God makes a covenant with Noah. Part of that covenant focuses on murder 9:6. What is curious to me is why enforce the penalty of murder with the death penalty when Cain was essentially ...
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Was Laban a younger or older brother of Rebekah? (Gen. 29:24)

Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban Is there any concrete evidence in the Scripture that shows Laban was either younger or older than his sister Rebekah? Genesis 24:29 and some others don’t ...
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What is the significance of the LXX going back and forth between God and Lord God in Genesis 2:4-24?

The LXX uses both God and Lord God in Genesis 2. LXX-Genesis 2 (NETS) 4 This is the book of the origin of heaven and earth, when it originated, on the day that God made the sky and the earth 5 and ...
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Knowing good before eating the fruit containing the Knowledge of Good and evil?

Question on Genesis 3:6- I'm trying to discern the correct interpretation of this verse; as we see, Eve saw that the fruit was good before she even ate the fruit that stemmed from the Tree of ...
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Why is ‘woman’ pluralized in Genesis 3?

Chapters 1, 2, 4, 6, 12, 13, 15, and 16 of Genesis 3 have “the women” הָאִשָּׁ֣ה as one of the characters included in the conversation. Both the serpent and YHWH address the women, the women reply, ...
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