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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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Questions with regard to Strong’s Concordance

After studying Strong’s Concordance, I am wondering about the word Ereb. It is used 3 times in his concordance. In 6153, it means evening, and in 6154, it means mixture. In 695, it means lair, but I ...
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Was Rachel's death in childbirth a punishment for idolatry, for theft, or for any other reason? [closed]

Rachel's death in childbirth, recounted in Genesis 35:16-19, follows her theft of her father Laban's "gods" (teraphim, Gen 31:19), which Jacob, years later, finally buried under an "oak&...
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How to determine the correct interpretation of the word "angel" (malak / hammal’āḵîm) in Genesis 19?

In scripture the word "angel" comes from the Hebrew word: malak" מֲלְאָךְ. It has a broader meaning then is generally understood in popular parlance. Strong's definition of the word is ...
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How does Stephen say God gave no inheritance to Abraham in Acts 7:5?

Acts 7:5 ESV: Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child But Abraham did ...
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Is there some prophetic significance to the location of Benjamin’s birth, his names, and the manner of his birth (Genesis 35:16-19)?

This question is about the four verses concerning the birth of Benjamin and death of Rachel: 16 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed,...
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Why would Deborah’s death be recorded, and not that of Rebekah herself (Genesis 35:8)? And why was she buried beneath a terebinth?

In the "chapter of three deaths" (Deborah, Rachel, and Isaac), there is this brief and enigmatic verse: "But Deborah, Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an ...
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Does John 1:2 begin by alluding to Genesis 2:4?

The opening of the Prologue is much debated: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (ESV) ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος ...
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Is it not odd that Abraham would use the sister-wife exploit (Gen 20:2) when Sarah was 90?

Was she made miraculously desirable? Or has this chapter been misplaced, as some have suggested? What is the best explanation of why the sister-wife exploit was used when Sarah was so old (Gen 20)?
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Is it fair to say that deceit is a trait of Abraham's family? Did the Lord ever approve of their lying? [closed]

Abram deceived Pharaoh and Abimelech about Sarai’s identity (claiming she was his sister: Gen 12 and 20). Isaac deceived the second Abimelech about Rebekah’s identity (Gen 26). Rebekah and Jacob ...
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Why do the sons of Jacob "deceitfully" agree to intermarry with the Hivites after circumcision (Genesis 34:13-17)?

The Israelites could have simply refused the Hivites' suggestion that the tribes be combined, demanded Dinah back, and made other plans to exact justice from the Hivite prince, Shechem. Why did they ...
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Why did God cause division among mankind? [duplicate]

As per Genesis 11:3-9, LORD caused the division by confounding their one language and unity. Was His purpose due to the following or anyone of it: Were they conspiring against God's will as per ...
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Genesis 11:6 Translation Concern

Is Genesis 11:6 translated or phrased accurately (sentence framing) in NASB, as the meaning changes in it, if we compare with KJV/ASV or even with Hebrew NASB The LORD said, “Behold, they are one ...
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Why did God give Adam the specific task of naming the animals in Genesis 2:19-20?

When God began creating things he took it upon himself to name the things he had created. KJV Genesis 1 : 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the ...
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Why does Jacob defer to his sons in the incidents at Shechem (Genesis 34:5, etc.)?

When one thinks of the idea of a "patriarch," one thinks of a sort of family absolute monarch, whose wives and children all obey. Jacob does not act that way in the interaction with the ...
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Who were the Hivites, mentioned at Genesis 34:2?

The inhabitants of Shechem, who were slaughtered by Simeon and Levi in Genesis 34, are described as "Hivites." Who were they?
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Why was Adam created alone?

When God created the living creatures and animals it seems they were created in pairs for multiplication purposes KJV Genesis 1:21-22 And God created great whales, and every living creature that ...
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What, exactly, is the "knowledge of good and evil" in Genesis 3:22?

Genesis 3:22a (ESV): Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil..." I've gathered the following from the text: Adam and Eve knew before the ...
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Why did Judah charge that Tamar should be burnt in Genesis 38:24?

When Tamar is suspected of having played the harlot Judah her father-in-law charges that she should be burnt. KJV Genesis 38:24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, ...
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Genesis 3:24 When does a man leave his father and mother?

Genesis 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Is this, the command here to leave father and mother, predicated on ...
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Meaning of the word - בָּרָ֣א [closed]

In Genisis 1:1 the reason the English Bible uses the word "God" instead of "Gods" for "Elohim" is the word בָּרָ֣א . Which translates from Hebrew as "son" or &...
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Does the "water" in 2 Peter 3:5 refer to a material cause?

2 Peter 3:5 - "...and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God" (ESV) Does this verse's text give us any ideas on how to properly interpret this? I have been ...
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Why was the camp of the Israelites not defiled by the bones of Joseph?

Joseph had told the Israelites to carry his bones from Egypt to Canaan Genesis 50:25 NIV :And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must ...
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What kind of verb is נִשְׁחָ֑תָה in Genesis 6:12

In Genesis 6:12 we read in the Hebrew text that the verb נִשְׁחָ֑תָה is preceded by a demonstrative particle וְהִנֵּ֣ה and suceeded by the noun כִּֽי which is not a direct object. In translations, it ...
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Did the angel instruct Abraham to look behind in Genesis 22:11-14?

We are told that the angel of God called from heaven instructing Abraham not to kill his son Isaac KJV Genesis 22 : 11-11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, ...
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Does Nehemiah 9:14 teach that the Sabbath was made known through Moses rather than from the beginning?

Nehemiah 9:5-15 lists a brief chronology of God's people from creation to Moses, emphasizing all that God had done. (The verses following show the proud, disobedient reaction of the people.) While God ...
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What is the biblical significance of the "red hair" / "Scarlet thread" and the first born brother/twin?

I've been reading the stories about the births of twins in Genesis. Firstly about Isaacs sons Jakob and Esau (Gen 25) and secondly about Judahs sons Perez and Zerah (Gen 38). The stories share many ...
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What are some of the Major themes associated with God's Flood recounted in Genesis 6-9?

Genesis 6:5-18 seems to suggests that God saw man's wickedness, and decides to only allow a relatively good man named Noah, and his family, but then destroy all others belonging to mankind. Genesis 6:...
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Genesis 15:8 - But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” (Huh ???)

Question: Why all of a sudden does Abraham need some kind of evidence for believing that God will fulfill His promise to give Abraham this land when Abraham had already walked over 500 miles because ...
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Why in the Genesis, it's strongly said that Jacob and Rachel were Cousins?

We read from the Torah, Bereishit 29:10: וַיְהִ֡י כַּֽאֲשֶׁר֩ רָאָ֨ה יַֽעֲקֹ֜ב אֶת־רָחֵ֗ל בַּת־לָבָן֙ אֲחִ֣י אִמּ֔וֹ וְאֶת־צֹ֥אן לָבָ֖ן אֲחִ֣י אִמּ֑וֹ וַיִּגַּ֣שׁ יַֽעֲקֹ֗ב וַיָּ֤גֶל אֶת־הָאֶ֨בֶן֙ ...
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Was Cush the father of Nimrod?

The Table of Nations in Genesis 10 lists the various descendants of Noah that formed the nations of the world. But between these two verses: 10:7 — The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah,...
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Genesis 11:9 The name was called Babel or Babylon?

Genesis 11:9 English Standard Version Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth. And from there the LORD dispersed them over the face of all ...
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What is the significance that God ordered Joshua to circumcise the Israelites after they had crossed the Jordan River rather than before?

Genesis 34: 24All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised. 25Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, ...
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How is Christ "firstborn of all creation" (Col. 1:15, e.g. NASB)? Was Adam not the first human being (Lk. 3:38)? [duplicate]

In the Letter to the Colossians, we are told: Colossians 1:15, NASB: "[Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation" (emphasis added). This question has nothing ...
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Why do some Bible versions have "new" in Genesis 27:28 but others do not?

"Therefore may God give you Of the dew of heaven, Of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of grain and wine." Genesis 27:28 NKJB. "May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's ...
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When God said to Eve that her desire would be for her husband, was this a curse? [duplicate]

Genesis 3 16 To the woman He said: “I will sharply increase your pain in childbirth; in pain you will bring forth children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” Is this ...
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Is Genesis 19:15 ambiguous in the original Hebrew?

By Strunk & White English grammar rules: "your daughters, who are here, …" "your daughters that are here …" have quite different meanings. The first is a parenthetical clause ...
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Deep and waters are they one and same?

Gen 1:2 LXX2012 But the earth was unsightly and unfurnished, and darkness was over the deep, and the Spirit of God moved over the water. Darkness was over the deep The Spirit of God was Over the ...
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Does Bible cosmogony allow for the creation of other planets? [closed]

Gen 2:1 BSB Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. Was this where other planets were created?
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Is the Earth in Gen 1:2 the same as the Earth in Gen 1:10?

Gen 1:2 BSB Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Gen 1:10 BSB God called the dry ...
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Did God create the earth empty? [duplicate]

Genesis 1:2 (NIV): Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Isaiah 45:18 (ESV): For thus says the LORD, who ...
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At Hebrews 6:13-14 God made a promise to Abraham to greatly multiply his seed, but at Genesis 22:15-17 the angel of the Lord swore the promise, why?

Hebrews 6:13-14, "For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, vs14, saying, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply you.&...
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Did the raven return back after being sent by Noah Genesis 8:6-7?

Genesis 8:6-7 ESV 6 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7 and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. In the ...
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What did the seven day reprieve signify in Genesis 7:4?

After having shut Noah in the ark God waits for another seven days before the flood begins,nothing significant seems to take place during those seven days. 4 For in seven days I will send rain on the ...
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The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth. How can a father regret begetting his own children?

NIV Isaiah 49:15 Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! Matthew 7:11 If you, then, though you ...
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Why emphasize angels in heaven, why not just angels?

Two passages both emphasize the angels as being in Heaven “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:30‬ ‭ ‭ “For when they ...
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Is second Peter making two, three or four illustrations in chapter 2?

“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a ...
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Was God's Kingdom (Biological Taxonomy) Violated?

If we use Scripture's taxonomy for the animal kingdom (4 kinds): 1 Corinthians 15:39 (KJV): All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of ...
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Does 666 allude to the fact that man was created on the 6th day?

Revelation 13: 18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666. Does it allude to the following?: ...
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Why does God curse the land the second time in Genesis 4:11-12?

11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her ...
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Based on Genesis 6:15-16, Could an adult male Giraffe (18-feet tall) actually stand in the 15-ft tall decks of the multi leveled 30-Cubit Ark?

Male Giraffes are kosher land animals (chew cud, split hooves) whose height reaches 18-ft height (above a Female Giraffe's 15-ft height). [https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/blog/giraffe-fact-sheet/#] If ...

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