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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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In Genesis 15:13. It says "enslaved" for 400 years. The United States acknowledges slavery of African Americans as 400yrs. Are they Israel? [closed]

In Genesis 15:13. It says "enslaved" for 400 years. Was Israel enslaved for 400 years
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Does Genesis 9:5 prohibit killing oneself?

In Genesis 9:5, God says (KJV, emphasis mine): And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s ...
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Why do scholars think Abraham came from Ur in Mesopotamia?

Most scholars still think that Abraham came from Ur in southern Mesopotamia / Sumer. This seems strange for a number of reasons, including: -The Ur in Mesopotamia is NOT beyond (East of) the Euphrates,...
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Was Moses a thief in stealing the gold of the Egyptians before fleeing?

Moses broke the Commandment 'Thou shalt not steal' (Ex 20:15) - why? He also broke the Commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' (Ex 20:13). What is the Bible telling us here? Ex 3:21, 22 - And I will grant ...
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Is God's "Be fruitful and multiply" at Genesis 1:28 a blessing or commandment?

Genesis 1:28 is God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that crawls ...
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Why did God tell Isaac not to go to Egypt in Genesis 26?

During a severe famine Isaac decides to migrate to Egypt God discourages him about that KJV Genesis 26 : 1 - 2 And there was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of ...
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What does the word 'naked' mean in Genesis 2:25 and Genesis 3:7, Genesis 3:10 and Genesis 3:11?

In the beginning, God made woman from the side of man to be his helper. At that time, apparently, both were unclothed, and obviously, at that time, clothing did not exist. Only those two people, one ...
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What's the correct term for "day" in Genesis 3:8?

In Genesis 3:8 ESV And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of ...
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Why didn't Dinah's name carry any attachment or prophetic meaning in Genesis 30:21?

When Leah gave birth to her sons all their names carried an attachment or prophetic meaning KJV Genesis 29 : 33 - 34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard ...
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Heb 6.18 says there are two immutable things; why can't there be three immutable things (according to Gen 15, the covenant with Abram)? [closed]

God cannot deny His promise nor His oath. These are two immutable things, says Heb 6.18. But covenant too is the third one which God cannot deny. If He denies, he will become like Jer 34:18. So by ...
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Why do some translations of Genesis 1:2 include the word “now”?

“NOW the earth was formless and empty…”, Gen 1:2, NIV. “Now” seems to draw distinction from the act of creation in verse 1, whereas other translations start with “And”, which seems to indicate the ...
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Why did Jacob not immediately rebuke Reuben in Genesis 35:22?

KJV Genesis 35 : 22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: Having ...
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Why do Joseph’s brothers reveal to the Egyptian vizier that they have another brother, putting Benjamin in danger (Genesis 42:13)?

When the Egyptian vizier, without revealing he was Joseph, demands to know his brothers' business and who they were, the brothers begin revealing personal information, first "We are all one man's ...
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Why does the serpent continue to eat dust in Isaiah 65:25?

God promises a new heaven and earth and says he will never remember the former things KJV Isaiah 65 : 17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor ...
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Why didn't Noah's righteousness/faith save his generation in Genesis 7?

Noah is said to have been righteous in his generation but his faith somehow did not help or stand as a hedge to save his generation Genesis7:1 NASB Then the Lord said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and ...
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Why didn't Abraham tell Isaac the truth in Genesis 22?

God instructs Abraham to offer Isaac as a sacrifice KJV Genesis 22 : 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there ...
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Does the appearance of שֶׁבַע twice in Genesis 7:2 imply any significance?

In Genesis 7:2 the noun שֶׁבַע appears twice. Does it imply any significance?
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Whom is God conversing with in Genesis 6:7?

After lamenting the degradation of humankind God passes judgement on humankind,animals and every creeping things. Its not clear who God was addressing concerning this issue Genesis 6:7 KJV And the ...
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Why did Abraham insist that Isaac marry from his kinfolk in Genesis 24?

Genesis 24:37 NASB My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; 38 but you shall go to my father’s house and to ...
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Why were there negative consequences for becoming "like God" when God had already made mankind in the image of himself?

I am of the Protestant church and seeking some understanding of a concept from the book of Genesis. I will try to summarize this as succinctly as I can. Genesis 1:27, states that God created mankind ...
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Can the Hebrew word בְּהֵמָה refer to both wild and domestic animals at the same time?

In Genesis 6:20 we read that God told Noah to keep three categories of animals Flying creatures Animals Creeping things What confuses me is the word בְּהֵמָה translated as "animals." ...
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Did Laban change his mind about giving Rachel to Jacob before he had completed the seven years in Genesis 29:30?

Initial Laban's plan was that Jacob must first serve seven years before he received his wife Genesis 29:19 NASB Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than to give her to another man; stay ...
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Why does the YLT not mention 'sister' in Leviticus 18:18?

And a woman unto another thou dost not take, to be an adversary, to uncover her nakedness beside her, in her life. [Leviticus 18:18 YLT] Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to ...
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Why is Sarah not mentioned in either Terah or Haran's Toledoth in Genesis 11?

When Abraham is accosted by Abimelech king of Gerah concerning Sarah he claims that she is his sister from his father's side Genesis 20:12 NASB Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my ...
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In Genesis 1 was it the heavens or the earth which were created first?

Initially it is said that God created the heavens and the earth, which would suggest that the heavens were created first since they're are mentioned first. Genesis 1:1 NASB In the beginning God ...
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Is there typological symbolism between Jesus rising on the first day (Matt. 28:1) and God creating light on the first day (Gen. 1:3)?

Is there symbolism between Jesus rising on the first day (Matt. 28:1) and God creating light on the first day (Gen. 1:3)? The seventh day, the Sabbath, was when God rested. Christians changed the ...
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How do we interpret Gen. 1:26 in light of Gen. 2:7,21,22; 4:1?

In Gen. 1:26 we read: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over ...
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Would Genesis 9:4 prohibit eating meat taken from living animals?

Genesis 9:2-4 reads (NKJV, emphasis mine): And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish ...
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Did God choose Judah because of Leah's words in Gen. 29:35?

Of what significance, if any, is Leah's final surrender to God at the birth of Judah about Jacob not loving her, in that God chose Judah to be the tribe of ancestry for the Messiah? And she conceived ...
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Are the shepherds being curt in Genesis 29?

Genesis 29:4-8 (NIV) 4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?” “We’re from Harran,” they replied. 5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?” “Yes, we know him,” ...
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What’s the meaning of the word confuse in Genesis 11: 7?

Satan is the author of confusion, and God can’t change, is the same yesterday as today, so how can God be the one confusing the people? Does the author of genesis even know satan existed and was the ...
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Is Genesis 20 a Flashback?

Genesis 20 is the story of Abimelech, Abraham and Sarah. Are we to think that it take place after Genesis 19? The immediate reason for asking - the immediate oddity - is that Sarah is very old at this ...
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Does a word deceived in Genesis 3:13 mean that the serpent lied to Eve? Some translations say,"the serpent caused me to forget"

I'm doing the study and I just had the question because we're talking about God's calling for remembrance by his people. God's constantly telling us to remember the things he's done because we tend as ...
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Why are there three nouns and only one verb in Genesis 9:4 : '... but flesh (with its) life blood not (shall ye) eat'?

The literal rendering given for Genesis 9:4 states six Hebrew words : ... but flesh ('with its' from prepositional inflection) life blood not ('shall ye' from verbal inflection) eat. As it stands, ...
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How was the 20% tax enough to last all 7 years of famine?

In Genesis 41, Joseph interpreted Pharoah's dreams as predicting 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine. In verse 34, he recommends a 20% tax on grain during the good years to provide food ...
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Does Mark 10:6 imply a short (literal) creation week?

In speaking about marriage and divorce, Jesus takes the Pharisees back to the beginning in Mark 10:6 (NKJV, emphasis mine): "But from the beginning of the creation [αρχης κτισεως], God ‘made ...
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Genesis 12:7 the seed of Abraham is who?

Genesis 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. Noting that the seed comes from the ...
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How should we understand God testing "righteous" Abraham (Gen15 & 22)?

In OT, two righteous people went through severe testings - Abraham and Job - though in different contexts. But the testing of Abraham was - unlike of Job - killing and burning Issac on the altar with ...
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Genesis 37:27 meaning of 'were content'

The phrase in question is And his brethren were content. The whole verse (KJV) 27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. ...
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In what manner did God close up flesh after removing Adam's rib in Genesis 2:21?

(Genesis 2:21) And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept, and he took one of his ribs and closed up flesh in its place. I always used to visualize the verse like this: God ...
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Why מצא instead of נמצא in Genesis 2:20?

(Genesis 2:20, Masoretic) וַיִּקְרָ֨א הָֽאָדָ֜ם שֵׁמֹ֗ות לְכָל־הַבְּהֵמָה֙ וּלְעֹ֣וף הַשָּׁמַ֔יִם וּלְכֹ֖ל חַיַּ֣ת הַשָּׂדֶ֑ה וּלְאָדָ֕ם לֹֽא־מָצָ֥א עֵ֖זֶר כְּנֶגְדֹּֽו׃ (DRB) And Adam called all the ...
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Hebrew referring to Adam & Eve in Genesis 1-3

In Genesis there is word play for man (ish איש) and woman (ishah אשה); also in regards to Eve, the name (chawah חוה) means living or life bearer does it not? With this in mind, in regards to the ...
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Parsing and interpreting כָּל־הָעֵ֛ץ אֲשֶׁר־בֹּ֥ו פְרִי־עֵ֖ץ זֹרֵ֣עַ זָ֑רַע (Genesis 1:29)

Genesis 1:29 וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֗ים הִנֵּה֩ נָתַ֨תִּי לָכֶ֜ם אֶת־כָּל־עֵ֣שֶׂב ׀ זֹרֵ֣עַ זֶ֗רַע אֲשֶׁר֙ עַל־פְּנֵ֣י כָל־הָאָ֔רֶץ וְאֶת־כָּל־הָעֵ֛ץ אֲשֶׁר־בֹּ֥ו פְרִי־עֵ֖ץ זֹרֵ֣עַ זָ֑רַע לָכֶ֥ם יִֽהְיֶ֖ה ...
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Genesis 32:32 - a command or a memoir?

Is Genesis 32:32 a command or a historical account of a tradition? New American Standard Bible: Therefore, to this day the sons of Israel do not eat the tendon of the hip which is on the socket of ...
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Congregation or congregrations? מקוה in Genesis 1:10

Genesis 1:10 ויקרא אלהים ליבשה ארץ ולמקוה המים קרא ימים וירא אלהים כי טוב Vulgate: Et vocavit Deus aridam Terram, congregationesque aquarum appellavit Maria. Et vidit Deus quod esset bonum. LXX: καὶ ...
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What were “the garments of her [Tamar’s] widowhood” (Gen 38:19)?

After deceiving Judah, pretending to be a (veiled) prostitute, in order to get children from the family she had married into, Tamar puts back on her widow’s habit. Simple question: does anyone know ...
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Who gave a tenth in Genesis 14:20?

Genesis 14:18-20 NASB And Melchizedek the king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of [p]God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said,“Blessed be Abram of [q]God Most High, [r]...
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Did Terah’s family (which Abraham came from) worship the Lord?

If Terah and his family lived in "Ur of the Chaldees" (Genesis 11:26), does that mean he followed the religion of the Chaldeans? Later, they moved to Haran (v. 31). Might that mean that they ...
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Do angels predate Creation?

“when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” ‭‭Job‬ ‭38:7‬ ‭ This verse speaks of heavenly beings in the course of creation. Is there any indication that heavenly ...
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Why did Jacob prefer Joseph and give him a "coat of many colors" (Genesis 37)?

As the KJV has it (though others dispute the translation particularly of כְּתֹ֥נֶת פַּסִּֽים, "coat of many colors"; see this question), Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, ...
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