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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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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;...
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In Matthew 4:5 how can the devil be called “the father of lies” (John 8:44) and yet be observed speaking the truth to Jesus?

Scripture says that the devil does not hold the truth, for there is no truth in him and that when he lies, he speaks his native language for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44): Jhn 8:...
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In Genesis 8:20, why did Noah offer sacrifices after the Flood?

In Genesis 8:20, Noah creates an altar after getting off the Ark: Gen 8:20 ASV - 20 And Noah builded an altar unto Jehovah, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and offered burnt-...
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Why is עֲרוּמִּ֔ים (Gen 2:25) translated “naked,” and in the very next verse its singular form, עָר֔וּם (Gen 3:1), is translated “crafty/shrewd?”

I am curious as to why the Hebrew word for "crafty/shrewd," עָרוּם, used to characterize the serpent in the Garden in Genesis 3:1 is the same word in Genesis 2:25, describing Adam and Eve, yet ...
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If God did not intervene, would Nimrod have successfully built a tower to God?

In the KJV Genesis 11: 1-9 we read that Nimrod began constructing a tower to God (with the help of what seems everyone in existence at the time). Taking notice of this God says, "Behold, the people is ...
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Difference of words in Genesis 6:21

Why did Moses used 2 different words in Genesis 6:21 when writing about the food Noah was to bring aboard the Ark? The first one is "maakal" meaning "food". The next one is "okleh" meaning "food for ...
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Difference of words in Genesis 6:7 and Genesis 6:17

Why did Moses used 2 different words in Genesis 6:7 and 17 when writing about the consequences of the Great Flood? The first one is "machah" meaning "to exterminate". The next one is "shachath" ...
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Is it a mark against Esau that he is a hunter?

In Genesis 25:27 we are told of Esau that he was a skillful hunter, which is contrasted with the character of Jacob: When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while ...
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What does the verbal connection between Joseph's coat and Judah's signet indicate?

I was listening to Genesis 37-38 the other day and there was a striking verbal parallel between the narrative in which Joseph's brothers sell him and deceive their father Jacob and the narrative in ...
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Does Genesis 3:1 imply that God did not create serpents?

Genesis 3:1 says Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made... [The New King James Version. (1982). (Ge 3:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.] In English, ...
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In Genesis 6:7, what is the reason given for God’s destruction of animals (other than humans)?

In Genesis 6:7, it is written, 7 So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I ...
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God's decision regarding The Great Flood

Am curious as to how and why God went all "I'm going to get rid of ALL creation." in Genesis 6:7 to "Noah take animals with you aboard the Ark." in Genesis 6:19-20 concerning the beasts of the earth. ...
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Sky and Land vs Heaven and Earth in Gen 1:1

This question concerns the phrase in Gen 1:1, "heaven and earth" as commonly translated in most English versions. The two Hebrew words are "shamayim" and "eretz". I observe that in the book of ...
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How should we understand Gen 31:24 in view of the context (i.e., Laban speaks to Jacob) and an apparent Hebrew language nuance?

How should we understand Gen 31:24 in view of the context (i.e., Laban speaks to Jacob) and an apparent Hebrew language nuance? The King James Version (“KJV”) provides a marginal note at Gen 31:24 ...
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Why does God tell Abram to bring THESE animals?

In Genesis 15:7-10, God gives instructions to Abram: He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” But Abram said, ...
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Why is Abraham so adamant to pay for the land to bury Sarah?

In Genesis 23 (NIV), Abraham negotiates with the Hittites to purchase a burial plot for his wife, Sarah. He is particularly interested in the property of Ephron the Hittite with whom he negotiates: ...
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Is John 1:1-3 an allusion to Proverbs 8:22-31 LXX?

The idea of the LOGOS being with God and active in creation always seemed to me to be alluding to Genesis 1 where God creates the world by speaking, "Let there be..." and I think that's still valid. ...
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Was Abraham"s reaction one of disappointment in Genesis 17:18?

After the disclose that Abraham's heir was still in the future not his current son,somehow his reaction seemed peevish and one of disappointment Genesis 17 NASB ” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face ...
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Which water is Peter referring to in 2 Peter 3:5-7?

In 2 Peter 3:5-7, the Apostle said "For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the ...
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Why is אתך in Genesis 24:40 pointed אִתָּךְ rather than אִתְּךָ?

וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָי יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר הִתְהַלַּכְתִּי לְפָנָיו יִשְׁלַח מַלְאָכוֹ אִתָּךְ וְהִצְלִיחַ דַּרְכֶּךָ וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשָּׁה לִבְנִי מִמִּשְׁפַּחְתִּי וּמִבֵּית אָבִי In context, the person being ...
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Onward to Shinar: From the East or to the East?

Here are the choices...and of course, they are opposites: ESV Genesis 11:2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. NET Genesis 11:2 When the ...
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When did people start to eat meat?

On the sixth day, God gave humans green plants as food: And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its ...
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How come God didn't bless the land animals with reproduction?

That being said, among all the living creatures (humanity included), isn't it quite funny that the Lord didn't bless the land beasts with reproduction and multiplication? In Genesis 1:24-25 He just ...
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How come God didn't bless the land animals with reproduction? [duplicate]

According to Genesis 1, among all the living creatures (humanity included), the Lord didn't specifically bless the land beasts with reproduction and multiplication. In Genesis 1:24-25 He just created ...
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Genesis 6:3 Is it talking about Spirit or spirit?

“Then the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years."” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭6:3‬ ‭ESV‬ Is there a direct connection between the presence of His ...
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In the NIV translation of Genesis 3:6 is the phrase “with her” a sound reasonable translation? [duplicate]

Most commentators indicate that the words "with her" are an inaccurate rendering. Please resolve the conflicting opinions on the phrase "with her". When God addressed Adam In Genesis 3:17 He did not ...
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Which garment did Potiphar's wife take from Joseph in Genesis 39?

Which garment was being referred to in Genesis 39 as being taken by Potiphar's wife whilst Joseph fled?
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The meaning of “know” in the Bible

I am wondering about the use of "know" in the sexual sense in the Hebrew Bible (e.g., "[Cain] knew his wife" in Gen. 4:17). Is this an euphemism by the first translators into English, or was this ...
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In Genesis 4, did Cain and Abel have previous knowledge of sacrifice?

In Genesis 4, did Cain and Abel have previous knowledge from God about the required sacrifice? Genesis 4:3–5 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit ...
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In Genesis 1:14, how are the “lights in the firmament of heaven…for signs”?

In Genesis 1:14, it is written, 14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and ...
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In Genesis 21:17 why does God hear only the boy's prayer?

As I read Genesis 21:17, I spent a good time wondering why God heard the cry of the boy whereas his mother also cried at the same time. "And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God ...
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Meanings of “Himself” in Hebrew (Isaiah 53:6 and Gen 22:8)

Question about a Hebrew grammatical allowance I heard of a long time ago and I cant remember where: In either if these two passages: Isaiah 53:6 (NKJV) "All we like sheep have gone astray; We have ...
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Why does the name “Jacob” continue after being changed to “Israel”?

In Genesis 17 when Abraham was 90 years of age God appears to him and tells him in verse 5 that his name is no longer Abram - hitherto Abraham had been called Abram - God appears to him and tells him ...
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Who is the “woman” of Genesis 3:15?

According to the Hebrew, could/does the "woman" of Genesis 3:15 refer to Eve?
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How was Isaac conceived? [closed]

How was Isaac conceived? Did Abraham have sex with Sarah or was it just by God's divine power without Abraham's involvement?
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In Genesis 9:15 what does the covenant promise about floods?

Long before Abraham there was Noah and this covenant: [Gen 9:15-16 NIV] 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become ...