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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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Did God create plants before the sun? [on hold]

Please note i am not asking how plants survived while the sun was not created. I'm aware there was a source of light God created on day one of the creation that darkened and brightened somehow. My ...
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Genesis 3:15 translation

Why do we have 2 translations? Is the original Hebrew He shall bruise thy head correct, or the King James version It shall bruise thy head?
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Shouldn’t it read her tent? Genesis 9:21

In this verse the translators say that the tent belonged to Noah, ‘his tent’ but doesn't the feminine possessive suffix indicate that it should be her tent, as in his wife’s tent? “He drank of the ...
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Sun and the stars—Why is Genesis 1:16 worded the way it is with regard to the sun and stars?

Can anything be inferred from Genesis 1:16 with regard to how the stars are mentioned as “also” being created? Does the text support or contradict the concept that the sun is indeed a star? “And ...
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Animals in the Old Testament [closed]

When God told Abram to bring a she goat of three years old and a heifer of three years old and a ram of three years old, how did Abram know the ones he chose to take was “three years old” - See Gen 15:...
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About how old was Abel, when his brother Cain murdered him? Genesis 4:8

Genesis 4:8 (NRSV) 8 "Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.”And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him."
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Is the Angel of the Lord identifying as God? Genesis 21:16-21

In the passage about Hagar in the wilderness of Beer-Sheba, we read that God heard the voice of the crying child Ishmael and then curiously the text speaks of the Angel of the Lord who then identifies ...
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In sorrow Adam shall eat..?

Genesis 3:17 says And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is ...
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Method of calculating the Years in Genesis Genealogies

In Genesis 5 it stands written concerning the descendants of Adam through to Noah and his sons. Now, in making my own chronology of years, I have come across an issue in applying the numbers together:...
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What kind of oil did Jacob use to anoint the pillar in Genesis 28:18?

When Jacob runs away from his brother he comes to Luz where he has an encounter with God at night.In the morning he takes oil and consecrates the stone he had used as a pillow. Genesis 28:18 NASB ...
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Was it the first time that Eve saw the tree of good and evil in Genesis 3:7

Initial when the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is introduced not much is said about its details except its restrictions. Genesis 2:16 NASB 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From ...
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How were people reunited (Gen 11) after being divided by language (Gen 10)?

Genesis recorded that Noah had three sons. Probably they were living among their own people and must be spoke one language but then how Noah's sons were divided into seperate community according to ...
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Why did Jacob name Bethel twice?

When Jacob runs away from Esau he goes to his uncle at Padam Aram.On his way he passes through the city of Luz and and has a dream at night of angels ascending and descending,God also gives him ...
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Does the root meaning of the word “Hebrew” used in Genesis 14:13 mean “pass over”?

Does the root meaning of the word "Hebrew" used in Genesis 14:13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of ...
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How can we understand the meaning of bara and asha in its text

Irrespective of whether one believes in Gap theory or not we see that the word Bara and asha is used several times in Genesis interchangeably. What confuses me is how are we to understand the actual ...
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In Gen 3:17, why was Adam blamed for heeding the voice of Eve?

Given God said it is not good for man to be alone and created Eve for Adam, what is significant about the phrase “because you heeded the voice of your wife”?
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What is the significance of the scarlet thread on Zerah's hand at the end of Genesis 38?

The whole sequence of events is so strange that it feels symbolic. Hands don't normally come out first in childbirth, and then pulling it back in is curious. Why would a midwife be so anxious to label ...
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Does Genesis 3:22 indicate that Adam was already subject to death before he sinned?

“but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:17‬ ‭ Was Adam not subject to death prior to eating of ...
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In Genesis 1:1-2 why is the earth chaotic and barren?

What happened in the book of Genesis 1:1 and 1:2: ..and the earth was without form In verse 1 Bible said: in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Verse 2 the earth was without from
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Is there a difference between “night” and “evening” in Hebrew

Why does the Bible use different words like ereb for evening and laylah for night when they both denote the same thing?
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Can the Hebrew word qara (קָרָא) mean to rename?

We see in Genesis 1:5 that God called the light as day and darkness as night. The Hebrew word used to translate this word is קָרָא. We see however that God was renaming something that already had a ...
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Is the spirit of man a created thing?

According to the book of Genesis, God created man apparently by two ingredients: (1) dust of the ground (2) the breath of God Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and ...
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Why did Adam and Eve risk eating the forbidden fruit even when fully aware that they will die if they eat it? [closed]

Relevant Passage: 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree ...
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What does Genesis 3:7 mean? [duplicate]

Genesis 3:7 says: Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Why was the first thing they (...
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What are God's voice, charge, commandments, statutes & laws that Abraham kept?

What are God's voice, charge, commandments, statutes & laws that Abraham obeyed & kept Genesis 26:4-6 and I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy ...
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Did God make two great lights or did He make the great light two?

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the ...
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what is the meaning of the Hebrew phrase “ Yehi or” (translated as let there be light) in Gen. 1:3?

I have difficulty understanding what is the actual meaning of the Hebrew word "Or". The confusion I have is, since the preceding jussive verb "Yehi" indicates a dynamic condition, when it is used ...
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In Genesis 21:10 did Abraham show weakness by allowing Sarah to cast out Hagar and Ishmael?

Sarah tells Abraham to be intimate with Hagar which subsequently leads to the birth of Ishmael,but later Sarah pressures Abraham to cast out Hagar and his son Ishmael and disinherit him Genesis 21:...
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MT “will strike” & LXX “will watch carefully” (Gen 3:15)?

I haven't seen this question asked at all in the threads I've searched, so this shouldn't be a duplicate. I've been looking for answers about God's curse over the serpent in Gen 3:15. The question I ...
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How were the birds arranged in Abraham's sacrifice in Genesis 15:9-10?

Genesis 15:9-10 NKJV 9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he brought all these to ...
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Is there an intended relationship between “the darkness” and “the Spirit of God” (Gen 1:2)?

I'm new here. I've been reading and re-reading through Genesis for a few months, and it seems to me that the scenes described by the text about "the darkness" (חֹ֫שֶׁךְ choshekh) and "the Spirit" (...
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Multiplication of men on earth

In genesis 4 our ancestors had only two kids Abel and Cain. Abel was killed. How to explain multiplication of world population then?
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Are there some things God does not know? Reference Genesis 22:12

The applicable words in Gen. 22:12 in Hebrew are "For now I know..." Either God didn't know before that moment, or He lied when He made that statement. We know the latter is not possible.
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Did Abel cry to God thru his blood literally?

According to Genesis 4:10, did Abel’s blood cry to God literally?
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How did Rebekah know that Esau was planning to kill his brother in Genesis 27:42?

Even after learning of his brother's deceit Esau cries out to his father for blessings as well never mentioning any reprisals. We are only told that he planned murder in his heart and there is no ...
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Why does Genesis 2:7 read חַיִּ֑ים plural rather than singular

Genesis 2:7 in English it reads God breathe the breath of life(singular) but in Hebrew it reads lives(plural) What is significant that ‘Adam’ received a plurality of lives breathe into him? Eve didn’...
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Is the God of Nahor the God of Abraham?

In Genesis 31:53, Laban sets up a boundary marker between his land and Jacob's and says: The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us. Apparently some ...
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In James 2:23 how does the author quote Genesis 15:6?

In buttressing his narrative about faith and works James makes reference to the Isaac and Rahab incidents in Genesis and Joshua respectively as a model of how faith and works go hand in hand James 2:...
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Genesis 20:4 — Why does Abimelech stand for the whole nation?

Genesis 20:1-5 (translation mine) And Abraham journeyed from there to the land of Negeb, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, settling in Gerar. 2 Now of his wife Sarah Abraham had said, “She ...
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Parallels between Balaam and the binding of Isaac?

While reading about Abraham's prophetic role, I came across a passing mention that the rabbis identified some key parallels between the Abrahamic and Balaam narratives, particularly connecting the ...
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Is Genesis 3:15 correctly translated?

KJV Genesis 3:15 "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." The Swedish version(s) do not ...
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Genesis 1:26 and Genesis 3:22

Why do English translations (NIV, etc) say "us" and "our" in Genesis 1:26 and Genesis 3:22 but the Hebrew doesn't say that when viewed with an Interlinear version?
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What does Genesis 20:7 mean that Abraham is a prophet?

Speaking of Abraham in Genesis 20:7, God warns Abimelek: Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure ...
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Does the Septuagint more accurately translate Genesis 15:6 than English translations?

Genesis 15:6 : ... and he counted it to him for righteousness. KJV. ... and He reckoneth it to him -- righteousness. Young's Literal. ... And He counted it to him for righteousness. Green'...
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Can adam mean humans?

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 all the earth, and over ...
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‘In’ or ‘On’ the earth (Hebrew) - Genesis 6:5

It interesting to observe בארץ being translated by different English (and non English) translations as either in the earth or on the earth. This is not limited to this verse by any means. “The ...
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Question regarding Genesis 2:7 [closed]

Thank you for taking my question. In light of the recent change in abortion laws, I have been in a debate with some of my family members who are of the belief that "soul" life does not begin until a ...
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In the Dead Sea Scrolls, for Genesis Chapter 18, do we have no more than 5 or 6 verses?

In the Dead Sea Scrolls, for Genesis Chapter 18, do we have no more than 5 or 6 verses? i notice this link only lists 5/6 verses, i'm wondering if that website is complete. Or if there is more we ...
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Why is חַוָּ֑ה (Gen. 3:20; 4:1) translated “Eve” in KJV (both cases) and “Ζωή” in Gen. 3:20 (LXX), yet “Ευαν” in Gen. 4:1 (LXX)?

The Hebrew proper noun, חַוָּ֑ה, in Genesis 3:20 and Genesis 4:1, is transliterated "Eve" in both cases in the KJV, yet "Ζωή" and "Ευαν" (Gen. 3:20; 4:1, respectively) in the LXX. It should be "Chavah"...
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Where did Edom pursue his brother with a sword as recorded in Amos 1:11?

Amos 1:11 NKJV 11 Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, And cast off all pity;...