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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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What is the oldest manuscript of Genesis 1:1

I am trying to find out what is the closest to the original reading of Genesis 1:1. Or just Genesis 1:1a בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית I couldn't see from other posts what this papyrus/manuscript would be. (What ...
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Abraham sons genesis 22:2 must have been Ishmael not Isaac

Genesis 22:2 Issac could not have been his only son must have been talking about Ishmael Genesis 17:18 - Abraham fell facedown. Then he laughed and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a man who ...
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How are we to understand “your mothers sons”

How are we to understand Genesis 27:29 in Isaacs blessing to his son Jacob? Didn't Isaac only have two sons, Jacob and Esau? In Jewish tradition, were there other children between Isaac and Rebekah? ...
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Types of animals in Genesis

Please I don't really understand what the Bible means by clean and unclean animals so please can I get some examples of such animals
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How can the verses which say no one has seen God be reconciled with those that say the Lord appeared to people such as Abram?

At John 1:18 it says, "No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him." Also, John 4:24 states, "God is spirit, and those who ...
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Why God fought Jacob?

From reading Genesis 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. We see Jacob came crippled from this fight; he was injured at the point of ...
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Why does Rebekah want Jacob to get Esau’s blessing?

From reading Genesis 27:1-40 we see Rebekah overhearing a conversation between Isaac and Esau and, from there, plotting a theft in order for Jacob to receive the blessing meant for his brother, and ...
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Question pertains to Cain's wife in book of genesis [duplicate]

Where did cain's wife come from and what was her generations?and
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Hebrew for “desire [to be] for [io]”

What is the relationship between the phrases translated (NRSV) "your desire shall be for your husband" (Gen. 3:16) spoken by God to Eve and "its desire is for you" (Gen. 4:7) spoken by God to Cain?
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what is the relationship between “the firstborn from the dead” (Rev. 1:5) and “The firstborn of death” (Job 18:13 WTT)? [closed]

what is the relationship between “the firstborn from the dead” ὁ πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν (Rev. 1:5) and "The firstborn of death" בְּכ֣וֹר מָֽוֶת׃ (Job 18:13 WTT) ? 1) Who was the "firstborn destroyer"?...
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Why were the Matriarchs Barren? [closed]

The four matriarchs, Sara, Rivca, Rachel and Lea, were barren to demonstrate that their children, the ancestors of the Jewish people-forming tribes, were not born naturally, but by the power of the ...
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Why did Noah Curse Canaan and not Ham?

Genesis 9:20-27 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw ...
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Why are there 5 mentions of “I will” in Genesis?

In a covenant God makes promises and in exchange asks the other party (Abram) to fulfill certain commitments. Within the whole bible, God makes a total of 5 covenants God (Noah, Abraham, nation of ...
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In Genesis 18:21 is the LORD's purpose in personally visiting Sodom to see if they will abuse him?

[Gen 18:21 YLT] (21) I go down now, and see whether according to its cry which is coming unto Me they have done completely -- and if not -- I know;' We know that the men of Sodom did in fact attempt ...
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“clean” and “unclean” animals in both Genesis and Leviticus

In Genesis 7:2 we read Of every clean beast thou shall take... Up until this point God never revealed in the scriptures the basis for His distinction between clean and unclean animals (or at least ...
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Is Isaiah 9:6-7 relating to Jesus the covenant promises of Abraham from Genesis 17:1-8?

I have often heard it suggested that by Isaiah referring to the Messiah as "Everlasting Father" as a name, or part of his name, Isaiah is saying that the Messiah was to be "fully God" or something to ...
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How could the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil be effective even before being eaten?

In Genesis 3:6, how could the woman see that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was good when she hadn't yet had its fruit and she was therefore still ignorant about good and evil? [Gen 3:...
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What did Abraham give in his tithe?

Genesis 14:16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people .... //cut Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything ...
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Is the reference to “a name that doesn't disappear” in Isaiah 66:22 an allusion, in contrast to Genesis 11:4?

Is the reference to "a name that doesn't disappear" in Isaiah 66:22 an allusion, in contrast to Genesis 11:4? What does it promise to new covenant believers?: [Gen 11:4 NIV] (4) Then they said, "...
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Does Genesis 2:24 speak exclusively to male-female copulation?

This answer to another question makes a strong case that Genesis 2:24 refers to conception as the thing that makes two into "one flesh". If so, then it seems same-sex activities would not result in "...
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Did the serpent lie in Genesis 3:5?

Genesis 3:5 NIV 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Down a few verses it seems actually God confirms what the ...
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Why did Esau marry Mahalath?

Genesis 28:6–9: 6 Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite ...
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Why did God curse Canaan? [duplicate]

Gen 9:22(Kjv) And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and ...
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How did Noah know about his youngest sons sin?

Genesis 9:24 AKJV And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. ASV And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his noteyoungest son had done unto him. BBE And, ...
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Why is the second day of creation in Genesis 1:6-8 not “seen” or called “good”? [duplicate]

What makes the second day of creation different from the other 5 days? God calls all other creation "good", why not here? NASB Gen 1:6-8: 6 Then God said, “Let there be [e]an expanse in the ...
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Why didn't Jacob burn or destroy the items in Genesis 35:4?

Genesis 35:4 says: "So they gave Jacob all the foreign [a]gods which were in their hands, and the earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which was by Shechem....
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The meaning of Gen. 20:16 AV

I cannot understand the meaning of the word reproved in the following verse of the King James Bible: And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, ...
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What is the proper translation of the Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) in Genesis 3:8?

I recently discovered during the initial stage of study of the word “spirit” that the Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) in Genesis 3:8 is translated into English as “cool.” 8 And they heard the voice of ...
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Why does Pharaoh ask Jacob his age?

In Genesis 47, Jacob is presented before Pharaoh: Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed Pharaoh, Pharaoh asked him, "How old are you?" ...
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Are the Nephilim one and the same as the Gibborim? Genesis 6:4 Onkelos Targum

According to the Onkelos Targum which is considered an authoritative translation of the Pentateuch Onkelos Targum Nephilim = Gibborim; they are one and the same. גִּבָּרַיָּא הֲווֹ בְאַרְעָא ...
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Who were before and afterwards, the mighty men or the sons of God? Genesis 6:4

What I am not asking I am not asking who the giants are, nor, who the sons of God are. Nor am I asking what the event was that marks the before and afterwards. Question In view of this passage ...
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Why is favour said to be “found” in the Bible?

Why is favour said to be “found,” although people were not searching for it? Why does it not instead say, “favour found Noah” in Genesis 6:8? 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. NKJV, ©...
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When God said remember in Exodus 20:8 was he referring to Genesis 2:2 or Exodus 16:23?

Exodus 20:8 NASB 8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, God had made reference to the rest on the seventh day earlier on during creation ...
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Why was Jacob's family segregated into large tents?

In Genesis 31:33, when Laban went to look for his stolen teraphim, the author notes: And Laban went into Jacob’s tent, into Leah’s tent, and into the two maids’ tents, but he did not find them. ...
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Why did St. Jerome use “virago” in Gen. 2:23?

Why did St. Jerome use virago ("a man-like woman") to translate אשה in Gen. 2:23, when the LXX uses γυνή (woman)? And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be ...
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Is Noah's “youngest son” in Genesis 9:24 Ham or Canaan?

And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 21And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness ...
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Why did Jacob and David do nothing when tragedy happened in the family?

The two stories are very disturbing both Jacob (Dinah: Gen 34) and David (Tamar: 2 Sam 13) daughters were violated. In both cases it does not mention that they responded with anything however their ...
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A question about the word 'bone' in Genesis 2:23

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Genesis 2:23 KJV. I am new at this so please be patient. I wondered ...
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What was the time gap between the event Abraham justified by Faith in James 2:23 a and later Abraham justified by works in James 2:21?

What was the time gap between the event Abraham justified by Faith in James 2:23 Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the ...
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Were the sins of Judah greater than those of Sodom as alluded in Ezekiel 16:48?

.Ezekiel 16:48-51 NASB 48 As I live,” declares the Lord God, “Sodom, your sister and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. 49 Behold, this was the guilt of your sister ...
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In Genesis 27:19 what is the meaning of “that your soul may bless me”?

When Jacob responds to Isaac's call in Genesis 27:19 [NKJV], he says these words: “...I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your ...
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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 ...