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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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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?

Two parts ..... (1) 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 ...
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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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(Genesis 4:5) Was Cain Angry? Hebrew

I'm reading through the Hebrew for Genesis 4. I am now really confused about what is happening when God does not gaze at Cain's offering and I was wondering if any of the Hebrew experts here can help....
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What is the connection between “because of the angels” 1 Corinthians 11:10 and Psalm 8:5? [closed]

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 mentions - mankind, glory, honour, angels just as Psalm 8:5 does.
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Why are the verbs in Jacob's vow (Genesis 28:20) translated so differently?

The NKJV and YLT differ so widely that I get a very different understanding of Jacob's vow. NKJV Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and ...
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What is the difference between the heavens (shamayim) in Genesis 1:1 and the heavens (shamayin) in Jeremiah 10:11?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. the heavens הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם (haš·šā·ma·yim) Article | Noun - masculine plural Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky Jeremiah 10:11 "...
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130 years Genesis 5:3

In Genesis 5:3, where Adam's age is stated as 130 years old, is there by chance any alternative, maybe gematria-type alternative meaning for 130? I don't mean a different age, but a word that 130 ...
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Is there a parallel between Luke 1:35 and Genesis 1:2?

NIV Luke 1:35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. NIV Genesis 1:2 Now ...
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Genesis 30:38,41, is the story of conceiving to be taken literally? [closed]

Genesis 30:38,41; (DRB): 38 And he put them in the troughs, where the water was poured out: that when the flocks should come to drink, they might have the rods before their eyes, and in the sight of ...
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Is the “four hundred years” the equivalent of the “four generations” in the Gen. 15:13-16 prophecy?

Gen. 15:13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. ...
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(Genesis 1:31 - 2:1) Acrostic YHWH stamp at the end of day six

I was looking at the end of Genesis 1:31 and there was an odd bit of Hebrew text here.  Perhaps the Hebrew experts here could help?  Genesis 1:31 ends with "yom hash-sheh-shi". The hebrew is:...
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(John 15:22) No sin without Jesus?

I am really scratching my head on this verse. John 15:22, “If I [Jesus] had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.” It seems from the ...
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What does הרקיע mean in Genesis 1? [duplicate]

In Genesis 1, God divides the waters from the firmament (הרקיע) What does firmament mean? Does it simply mean sky, as in the blue dome of air above us?
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Why are the dreams in the Joseph narrative always in pairs?

There are, I believe, three sets of dreams in the Joseph narrative: Sheaves bowing, stars bowing in Genesis 37 Cupbearer's dream, baker's dream in Genesis 40 Pharaoh's dreams of cows and grain in ...
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What evidence is there for “sin crouching at your door” being likened to a “sexually aroused cat”?

In Jordan Peterson's Biblical Series lecture titled "Cain and Abel: The Hostile Brothers" he refers to Genesis 4:7: "...But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. It desires ...
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Genesis 5:2, grammatically, how does a plural pronoun refer to a singular noun?

Genesis 5:2 (DRB): He created them male and female; and blessed them: and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. How does the plural pronoun refer to singular noun (called ...
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another mankind on earth before the sons of God?

Was there another mankind on earth when God sent Adam and Eve to earth? Regarding the begininng of the Chapter 6 of Genesis that says: Genesis 6:1-4: And after that men began to be multiplied upon ...
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Does God command someone to do something against His laws?

Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering. Yet, in Genesis 22:2 God said, "Take your son, your only son, whom you love--Isaac--and ...
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Translation of Genesis 1:26

Then God said, “Let us make mankind...(Genesis 1:26) Hello all. I have a question. Can we translate the hebrew naaseh from Genesis 1:26 as „We will” not just as ”Let us„? When i see „Let us” i see a ...
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Did Joseph's brothers lie about their father's death wish?

In Genesis 50:15-17 the Bible says that after Jacob died Joseph's brothers were afraid he would turn on them and they told Joseph that their father had a death wish: that Joseph forgave them. Were ...
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(Genesis 4:7) What is Cain Ruling Over? Sin? The Door?

So I was spending some time with the Hebrew under the Cain and Abel narrative in Genesis 4. I noticed a peculiarity in the Hebrew in God's instructions to Cain after his offering was rejected. I ...
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How come God did not give some sign of the grave consequences for all humanity in Genesis 2:17? [closed]

Genesis 2:17 You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die." Should Adam automatically believe what God said on its face value? Did ...
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Enmity between the serpent and the woman

What might God have meant when He told the serpent the first of the things recorded in Genesis 3:15? He says "And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He ...
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Genesis 4:15, “whosoever” or “anyone”?

Genesis 4:15 (DRB): And the Lord said to him: No, it shall not be so: but whosoever shall kill Cain, shall be punished sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, that whosoever found him should ...
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Who was walking with Adam and Eve in Genesis 3?

Genesis 3:8 (NASB) "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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Is feminists' translation of Genesis 2:21-22 from “rib” to “side” defensible? [duplicate]

Was it a rib that God took from Adam to make a woman? Genesis 2:22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man. And from the rib הַצֵּלָ֛ע (haṣ·ṣê·lā‘) Article | Noun - ...
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Was Adam made on day 3 or day 6?

In Genesis 1:27 we have the creation of Adam on the sixth day of creation. Genesis 1:27a, So God created Adam in God's own image... But in the next chapter, we have: Genesis 2:5-7, in the ...
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If “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33), how is Genesis 11:7 to be understood?

1 Corinthians 14:33 God is not the author of confusion. Genesis 11:7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language. Deuteronomy 28:20 The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in ...
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Is there a chronological issue in Genesis 25,26 and 27?

In Genesis 25 we meet Isaac who marries Rebecca.Rebecca conceives and gives birth to twins Esau and Jacob.Isaac is above sixty years of age when the chapter closes. Genesis 25 NASB 20 and Isaac was ...
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When did God create water? [duplicate]

Genesis 1 recorded the creation account and we read verse 1 "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" but by that time water was already there according to verse 2b "___and the spirit ...
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Gen. 2:16 -17 infers “free-will” in essence, is of “binary choice” -to obey God or not to. Do we still posses “it” or not? [closed]

Without the "Free-Will" as inferred, human being would NOT be human being as He purposed able to chose to obey God. Genesis 2:16-17 (ESV) "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may ...
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When did God create the waters in Genesis 1:2?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:2 Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering ...
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Is there a time period for which Genesis 29-50 makes sense as an etiological narrative?

Different places in Genesis, you can see that ethnic groups that were subsequently enemies to the Israelites (Edomites, Ammonites, Moabites) have have shady origin stories. I'm trying to figure out ...
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Genesis 27:39, which translations are most accurate? The affirmation translations or the negation ones?

Negation translations like: NIV, NLT, GNT, NWT, ESV, BSB, NASB, CEV. Affirmation translations like: KJV, NKJV, NHEB, ASV, DRB. Example of negation translations of Genesis 27:39, GNT: Then Isaac ...
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How to understand Genesis 17:27 NASB?

Genesis 17:27 NASB 27 All the men of his household, who were born in the house or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him. What does the above text mean by bought with money ...
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Hebrews 11:20, Did Isaac bless Esau?

Hebrews 11:20 (DRB): By faith also of things to come, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau. Did Isaac bless Esau? Is there contradiction between this verse ( Hebrews 11:20) and Genesis 27, Hebrews 12:16,...
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Are the birds formed from the sea? (Gen 1:20)

According to the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) and the Lexham English Septuagint (LES), birds and such seem to be formed from the waters: God said, "Let the waters bring forth swarms of ...
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What does John mean by “The Word was θεός” at John 1:1?

What does John mean by "The Word was θεός" at John 1:1? Does this mean he was "God," "god," "a god," or "divine"? Should we assume that Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 are equated? In one of the most ...
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Genesis 48:12 - Is having someone on your knees the same as having them sitting on your lap?

I was wondering if having someone on your knees is to be understood as having them sitting on your lap. It seems weird to me that Ephraim and Manasseh would sit on Jacob's lap when they were around 17 ...
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Why did Joseph's brothers show Joseph's torn, bloodstained garments to Jacob?

Genesis 37:29-33 NASB 29 Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore his garments. 30 He returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is not there; as for ...
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To whom did the Midianites sell Joseph?To the Ishmaelites or Potiphar officer of Pharoah?

Question:To whom did the Midianites sell Joseph? Answer 1 (1) "To the Ishmaelites" (Genesis 37:28). Answer 2 (2) "To Potiphar, an officer of Pharoah" (Genesis 37:36) Now is Potiphar officer of ...
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Did Abraham bless the sons of Keturah?

Genesis 25:1-3 (DRB): 1And Abraham married another wife named Cetura: 2Who bore him Zamram, and Jecsan, and Madan, and Madian, and Jesboc, and Sue. We know that Abraham had three wives: Sarah. ...
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Did Abraham really see God? [duplicate]

It says in Genesis God appeared to Abraham but other places no one has seen God Genesis 12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your [a]descendants I will give this land.” And there he ...
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What is the meaning of: ויהי בצאת נפשה כי מתה

I am not a Hebrew expert, and the following sentence felt ambiguous to me. ויהי בצאת נפשה כי מתה From biblical Hebrew: Genesis 35:18 Strong's Hebrew Does it mean that: the soul was departing because ...
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Did the act of “worship” consist of falling to the ground on one’s face?

Genesis 17:3 - Then Abram fell facedown and God spoke with him Numbers 20:6 - Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown Joshua - 14 “Neither,” he ...
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Genesis 25:25, what is the most accurate? KJV or DRB? If KJV, then, what is the Event of Simile?

Genesis 25:25 (KJV): And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. Genesis 25:25 (DRB): He that came forth first was red, and hairy like a skin: and ...
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Genesis 27:25, “of my Son's game” or “of your game”?

The matter here in Genesis 27:25 is like that of Exodus 33:19 (the two LORDs). Look here . Genesis 27:25 (ESV): Then he said, “Bring it near to me, that I may eat of my son’s game and bless you.” ...
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Why did Joseph's brothers say that they were questioned by Joseph as mentioned in Genesis 43:7?

Genesis 43:7 They replied, “The man questioned us carefully about ourselves and our kindred, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ When were these questions asked? I ...
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Genesis 3:1 - “serpent” or “shining one”?

In Genesis 3 the Hebrew word 'nachash' meaning the shining one has been rendered 'snake' or 'serpent'. What possible ground is there for such renditions?

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