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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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Were Bilhah and Zilpah Aramean like Rachel? [closed]

Genesis 29:29 Laban gave Rachel a servant, Bilhah, to be her maid. Genesis 29:24 Laban had given Leah a servant, Zilpah, to be her maid.
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Is the divination not forbidden in Genesis 44:5, 15? [closed]

Genesis 44:5, 15; KJV: {Is} not this {it} in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing. 15. And Joseph said unto them, What deed {is} this that ye have ...
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Is there a logical reason why the creation account came so late?

Would there be a logical reason as to why God would inspire Moses to write Genesis so late and not have the creation account available earlier. I have heard this question and people have said that ...
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Why is Genesis 25:17 parenthesized in the ESV?

Genesis 25:17 is shown as follows in the ESV: (These are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. He breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.) Why are there parenthesis around ...
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Genesis 18 speaks of the Lord and two angels or the Lord as three men?

I would prefer an answer from the Hebrew for reasons that will become obvious I hope. Reading through BH I come across the interpretation that Abraham saw the Lord and two angels in Gen18. My ...
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To whom is the Lord God speaking in Genesis 3:22?

Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed ...
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Is the Dan in Genesis 14:14 same as the one in Judges 18:29?

Genesis 14:14 When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with ...
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Why did Rebekah's nurse go with her to Isaac?

Genesis 24:59 So they said good-bye to Rebekah and sent her away with Abraham’s servant and his men. The woman who had been Rebekah’s childhood nurse went along with her. What role did the nurse play? ...
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Why did Rebekah veil her face before she met Isaac?

Genesis 24:64 When Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac, she quickly dismounted from her camel. 65“Who is that man walking through the fields to meet us?” she asked the servant. And he replied, “It is my ...
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Didn't Eve know that she was like God already when the serpent tempted her?

Genesis 1:26 Then God [elohim] said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness [h1823], so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and ...
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Who were complaining against Sodom and Gomorrah?

Genesis 19:13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it." Who are doing the outcry? They are the ...
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When did Leah die?

The last act of Leah is found in Gen 33:7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down. Then later, Rachel died from giving birth to ...
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Where did Rebecca go to ask the Lord?

Genesis 25:21Isaac pleaded with the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The LORD answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins. 22But the two ...
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What is the Hebrew Strong number for בּֽוֹ?

Genesis 41:38 New International Version So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?" https://biblehub.com/genesis/41-38.htm shows the ...
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Was Leah 'unloved' (Genesis 29:31)?

The Wycliffe (1382) Coverdale (1535) Matthews (1537) Great Bible (1539) Geneva Bible (1560) and Bishop's Bible (1568) all say 'despised' regarding Jacob's disposition towards the 'tender-eyed' woman ...
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How long did the wrestling last in Gen 32:24?

Genesis 32:22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over ...
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Did God honor Laban's divination in Genesis 30:27?

Genesis 30:27 But Laban said to him [Jacob], "If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the LORD [יְהוָ֖ה] has blessed me because of you." Why was ...
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Would God destroy an innocent nation in Gen 20:4?

Genesis 20:1 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my ...
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How old was Sarai when she was in Egypt?

Genesis 12:11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “Look, I know that you are a beautiful woman, 12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they ...
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Was it a show of lack of faith in Abram in Gen 12:12?

Genesis 12:7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your offspring I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him. God promised Abram an offspring....
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Adam was created in the image of God but are we?

Genesis 5:3 NIV When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. Are we not born and created in the image and likeness of Adam?
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Did Leah have a physical defect in Genesis 29:17?

Genesis 29:17 NASB 17 And Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and [e]face. In other translations Leah's eyes are said to be tender Genesis 29:17 KJV 17 Leah was tender eyed; but ...
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‘Sin Crouching at the Door’ or ‘A Sin Offering at the Gate’ in Genesis 4:7

Young's Literal Translation Is there not, if thou dost well, acceptance? and if thou dost not well, at the opening a sin-offering is crouching, and unto thee its desire, and thou rulest over it.' ...
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Why is Seth said to be in likeness and image of his father in Genesis 5:3?

Genesis 5:3 NIV 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. Adam had other sons prior to Seth who were not said to be in his likeness ...
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Does the YLT translate Genesis 4:4 accurately?

ד וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם-הוּא מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ, וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן; וַיִּשַׁע יְהוָה, אֶל-הֶבֶל וְאֶל-מִנְחָתוֹ. Genesis 4:4 YLT 4 and Abel, he hath brought, he also, from the female firstlings of his flock,...
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Was Noah's allowed to eat unclean animals in Genesis 9:3?

Genesis 7:1 The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a ...
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What is the meaning of “yielding its crop” in Genesis 4:12 after the 1st murdered blood reaching the ground?

Genesis 3:17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat from it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; ...
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Genesis 25:27-34 , was Esau like a famished/hungry whining adolescent/teenager Or was he really Starving, and genuinely needed food?

Genesis 25:27-34 27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a [s]peaceful man, [t]living in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because [u]he had a taste ...
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What is the significance of good gold in Genesis 2:12?

In Genesis 1, God comments that his creation was good, one day at a time. Evil is first mentioned in Genesis 2:9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing ...
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nephesh chay (breath of life) vs neshamah chay (breath of life) vs chay nephesh (living being) in Genesis 2 [duplicate]

A related question is Are the three distinctive Hebrew terms, translated "breath of life," suggesting there was a different mankind at creation than there was at the flood?. Berean Study ...
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Can a soul exist without its spirit? [closed]

To engage in this question, you need to assume the tripartite nature of man. Arguing against that will be a different question which you are welcome to make by initiating a separate posting. Assuming ...
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Why in Gen 1:2 does God create an earth that is “without form and void” with darkness, when that is so different than God's character?

In 1Jn 1:5 tells us that "God is light and in him is no darkness at all". Yet this is darkness. When God creates he views it and says it is good. But this earth was without form (tohu which ...
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What's the significance between, “Let the WATERS bring…the moving creature” (Gn 1:20) and “Let the EARTH bring…the living creature” (Gn 1:24)?

הַמַּ֔יִם שֶׁ֖רֶץ נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֑ה (Gen 1:20) תֹּוצֵ֨א הָאָ֜רֶץ נֶ֤פֶשׁ חַיָּה֙ (Gen 1:24) I understand that fowls and fish come from the waters and that land animals come from the earth. It seems ...
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In James 2:23, does the use of the word “fulfilled” (ἐπληρώθη) suggest that Genesis 15:6 was a prophecy about the future (IE: Genesis 22:12)?

[Jas 2:20-26 NASB] (20) But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? (21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son ...
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Why Lot has to run from Zoar and go to cave [duplicate]

Now Lot went up out of Zoar and settled in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; so he lived in a cave with his two daughters. Genesis 19:30 NRSV If God had given him ...
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Why did Lot run from Zoar? [duplicate]

Now Lot went up out of Zoar and settled in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; so he lived in a cave with his two daughters. (Genesis 19:30 NRSV) If God had given him ...
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Image vs likeness in Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26 New International Version Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the ...
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Genesis 17:24 and 17:26 — Who circumcised Abraham?

In Genesis 17, it is written, 24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26 That very same day Abraham was circumcised, and his son Ishmael; NKJV, ©...
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Is Luke 15 intended as an argument for, against or to qualify the idea of irrecoverable apostasy?

In Hebrews 12, the author argues from the account of Jacob and Esau to warn against apostasy. He suggests that if one sells their inheritance as Esau did, then there is no way to get it back, because ...
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Could Adam's Rib be an extended metaphor for the womb? [closed]

I am curious from reading the mehanical translation of Genesis (Jeff A Benner,) if the rib taken from Adam could be interpreted as the womb, and any solid information which supports or contradicts. I ...
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Why doesn't the ESV mention Joseph pleading for his life?

Follow-up to: Why did Joseph's brothers talk about Joseph pleading for his life later? Genesis 42:21, NIV: They said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We ...
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Should we understand וְאֵ֖ת הַכּוֹכָבִֽים in genesis 1:16 to be an object over which the lesser light was to rule? [duplicate]

In Genesis 1:16b we find that God made two great luminaries, then in b part we find that the lesser light was to dominate or rule over the night which is followed by the waw conjunction and the ...
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What is the proper translation of Genesis 25:18?

Genesis 25:18 ESV 18 They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled[a] over against all his kinsmen Genesis 25:18 Darby Translation 18 And they ...
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Why did Joseph's brothers talk about Joseph pleading for his life later?

Related: Did Reuben believe that his brothers had killed Joseph? From Genesis 42:21-22: They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was ...
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Were the teraphim (household gods) Rachel stole from Laban like a deed to his property?

While there are several questions related to this occurrence in Gen. 31:19, none seem to mention this as even possible. It was also not mentioned in a resent commentary I read. That the teraphim ...
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Why does the Hebrew switch in Genesis 12:3 for the same English translated word curse?

Upon closer reading of the text in the Hebrew passage the same translated word in English to curse is actually two different words in the Hebrew with two different root meanings. What does each word ...
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Isaac's wells, Esau's marriage. Genesis

In Genesis 26 Isaac spends considerable time digging out the wells of Abraham and finally is allowed to keep a well he names Sheba or well of blessing. And he went ... to Beersheba ... and there ...
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GENESIS 4:3-4 - What type of offering? [closed]

There were various offerings throughout the Old Testament. In the book of Job, we see burnt offerings to cover ‘sins’. During the wilderness, these were defined. But, what type of offering were Cain ...
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Any connection between Genesis 1:2 and Psalm 42:7: deep calls to deep?

King James Bible Psalm Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. King James Bible ...

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