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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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Who are the sons of Hamor in Genesis 33:19?

Genesis 33:19 New International Version (NIV) 19 For a hundred pieces of silver,[a] he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. In the ...
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In Genesis 46:6 what was the cultural significance of Joseph putting his hands on Jacob's eyes?

I am reading through Genesis in the New King James, and I came to this verse: Genesis 46:4 "I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will put his hand ...
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Did God begin creation by speaking the word light twice?

Creation begins by God speaking: And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3) [ESV] ויאמר אלהים יהי אור ויהי-אור The ESV translation shows God's spoken words are ...
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What is the meaning of “Let” in the phrase “Let there be light”?

Genesis 1:3 (KJV) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. What's the meaning of the word "let"? Is the meaning closer to: cause/effect, i.e. physics-related; or allow/permit (cf), ...
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The curse on Canaan, instead of Ham [duplicate]

After the flood in Genesis, Noah was drunk (Gen. 9.18-26) and he cursed Canaan, which was the son of Ham (his grandson). Why did Noah cursed Canaan and not Ham which actually saw his father's ...
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Why does Isaac call Rebekah his sister?

Genesis 26:7 (KJV) And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah;...
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Testing Abraham at Isaac's binding

The story of the binding of Isaac begins with (see interlinear text here): וַיְהִ֗י אַחַר֙ הַדְּבָרִ֣ים הָאֵ֔לֶּה וְהָ֣אֱלֹהִ֔ים נִסָּ֖ה אֶת־אַבְרָהָ֑ם וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵלָ֔יו אַבְרָהָ֖ם וַיֹּ֥אמֶר ...
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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say “We shall return” before sacrificing Isaac?

I was reading the story of the binding of Isaac in Genesis 22 and something confused me. Abraham packs his donkey and brings with him his son and two servants to the hill God had designated. My ...
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Was Jacob so Sexually driven that He mistook Leah for Rachel?

In the biblical scripture reference below, would it be correct to say that Jacob is more driven by sexual urges than the overall need to be married for companionship? The reason I'm asking is because ...
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Is the word “sign” the best translation for אות in Genesis 4:15?

And the LORD said unto him: 'Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.' And the LORD set a sign for Cain, lest any finding him should smite him. JPS The bible ...
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Were Bela and Balaam originally the same person?

Genesis 36.31-32 (NRSV) These are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom, before any king reigned over the Israelites. Bela son of Beor reigned in Edom, the name of his city being Dinhabah. ...
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Difference between “surely die” between Genesis 2:17 and 1 Kings 2:42

I noticed that the phrase "surely die" in Genesis 2:17 is different from 1 Kings 2:42 Look at the hebrew letters in both of them (I found it kinda difficult to copy past them here): http://biblehub....
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Why is Cain worried that someone will kill him? Were there many other people in earth?

And Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is too great to bear. Now that You have driven me this day from the soil I must hide from Your presence, I shall be a restless wanderer on the earth and ...
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What's the difference between σπέρματί σπέρμα σπέρματός

I am looking at the Septuagint and trying to figure out the differences in the word "seed" that God promised Abraham. I thought that the Greek word σπέρμα means "thy seed" in the plural and that ...
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Are the Sons of God divine or human in Job and Genesis 6? [duplicate]

I have always assumed they were Divine, in accordance with the views of Michael Heiser, but these websites suggest otherwise: enter link description here https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/...
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What did Joseph mean that he was a father to Pharaoh?

When Joseph finally reveals himself to his brother in Genesis 45, he explains in verse 8: "So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire ...
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The “traditional” reading of Genesis 1:1 [duplicate]

This is how the book of Genesis starts: בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ There are two viable ways of reading this rather complicated verse. "In the beginning of god's ...
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Why was Noah specifically required to build an ark with Gopher wood?

Genesis 6:14 " Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. There were different kinds of wood that could have served this purpose but ...
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Genesis 2:17 a substitutionary death?

Genesis 2:17 (KJV): of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die It is written "on the day" Adam ate, he ...
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Why is the seventh day of creation part of Genesis 2 and not 1? [duplicate]

Is there a specific reason to have the seventh day separated and placed as first verses in Genesis 2? Is it a later addition to the original text?
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Why is a male child circumcised on the 8th day?

In Gen. 17:12, it says "And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, ...
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How does being transformed into God's image relate to being made in His image?

In Genesis 1:26 we read that we were made in God's image. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 we read that we are transformed into His image. How does being transformed into His image relate to our having been ...
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Night and Evening Gen 1:5

Genesis 1:5 says God called the darkness Night. Then he turns around and says the evening and the morning were the first day. He does not say the night and the day were the first day. Why might God ...
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Genesis 2:20, what does it mean “naming” the animal?

Genesis 2:20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals Is this used in the sense of: option A Adam : oh... this one I name it a bird option B Adam : ...
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Why did God ask Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering? (Genesis 22:2)

Genesis 22:2 (NRSV) He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show ...
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Proper translation of Genesis 49:10 [duplicate]

In Genesis 49:10, comparing ESV with NIV with NETS (Septuagint) with JPS with NKJV, all seem to be saying different things for the second half of the verse - which is correct? This has major ...
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Does the order of cursing & curses reflect the gravity of transgression Genesis 3:14-19?

Genesis 3:14-19 (NKJV) 14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall ...
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Genesis 19:13 “the cry of them” צַעֲקָתָם?

In Genesis 18:20 and 19:13 the reason is given for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah: (Westminster Leningrad Codex interlinear with vowels) And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and ...
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What's the proper translation of what Joseph's coat looks like?

There was a recent Literature.SE question (regarding the depiction of Joseph's coat in the musical named after it). As part of that, there was a discussion of the following text: Now Israel loved ...
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Why is Joseph's Lifespan Stated Twice?

At the end of Genesis Joseph's death is recorded. But oddly, his lifespan of 110 years is stated twice. First in Genesis 50:22 it states: וַיֵּ֤שֶׁב יוֹסֵף֙ בְּמִצְרַ֔יִם ה֖וּא וּבֵ֣ית אָבִ֑יו ...
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Fulfillment of Jacob's request regarding the inheritance of the land (Genesis 48)?

In Genesis 48:5-6 Jacob transfers the firstborn right from Reuben to Joseph (see 1 chronicles 5:1), and adopts his sons Ephraim and Menasseh as his own, and gives them prioritized standing in ...
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The word “serpent” in Genesis 3:1 and Revelation 20:2?

Genesis 3:1 (a) Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. (b) He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You can't eat from any tree in the garden?'"...
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Are there gaps in the genealogy from Adam to Noah?

It is clear that biblical genealogies regularly skip over intermediate generations in order to fit a scheme of numbers such as a multiple of 7. However, the fact that the age of fatherhood is ...
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Why were Japhetic peoples the only ones to be described as gentiles in the table of nations? Genesis 10:5?

Genesis 10:5 (KJV) 5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. The word "gentile" is only mentioned once ...
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in Joshua 5 how were they able celebrate Passover immediately after circumcision?

Joshua 4:19 (KJV) 19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. Joshua 5:3 (KJV) 3 And Joshua made him ...
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How was Noah able to distinguish between clean and unclean animals even before the Law was given? [duplicate]

Genesis 7:2 (NKJV) "You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female Genesis 8:20 (NKJV) ...
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Were some other animals cursed in an implied way according to the phrasing used in Gen 3:14?

There were no unclean animals in the garden of Eden. This is why the phrase "You are cursed more than all cattle" strikes me. Genesis 3:14 (NKJV) So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because ...
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Why was Abraham required to bring three year old offerings/sacrifices in Genesis 15:7?

(KJV) Genesis 15:7-9 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I ...
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Fourth from whom in Genesis 15:12-16?

(KJV) Genesis 15:12 12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy ...
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Where are rivers Gihon and Pishon located, how can we identify them today?

Genesis 2:11-14: The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes ...
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The Nephilim and Abortions? [closed]

Since the semantic range for the Hebrew root nphl can indicate a miscarriage* (1), or even an abortion (2) (as it does in modern Hebrew today), is it possible that the Genesis 6:4 reading regarding ...
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Relationship between Abrahamic and Canaanite religion?

In Genesis 14:17-24 Abraham meets Malkizedek the king of Salem after he defeats the kings of the east, and we find (NIV): 17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied ...
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As a King within Canaan, did Melchizedek's priesthood serve any group of Canaanites in those times? Gen 14:18?

For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men.... He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness.(Hebrews 5:1) ...
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How did Egyptians practice divination using silver cups?

I've been wondering how silver cups could have been used to practice divination. It was practiced in Egypt according to the following passage. Gen 44:5 Isn’t this the cup my master drinks ...
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How does Cain remain a vagabond and wanderer when he was the first to dwell in a city. Gen 4:17

Gen:4.14 "Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone ...
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In Genesis 1:29 why was Abel a shepherd when vegetation was the only permitted food? [duplicate]

According to Gen 1:29-30 and Gen 3:18b, God had given green herbs as mankind's food both before and after the fall. Before the curse: Genesis:1.29 And God said, "See, I have given you every herb ...
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How is Japheth is enlarged if confined to the tents of Shem? Gen 9:27

In this passage, Noah explicitly states that Japheth will have no dwelling place of his own. Genesis:9.27 May God enlarge Japheth, And may he dwell in the tents of Shem;.... Note: Japheth will ...
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Why did Moses use the hebrew word “Miqveh”(meaning hope) to describe the gathering together of the waters in Genesis 1:10

The word Miqveh in Hebrew means hope. H4723 Original: מּקוא מקוה מקוה o Transliteration: miqveh miqvêh miqvê' Phonetic: mik-veh' BDB Definition: hope ground of hope ...
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“Out of the ground” or “Because of the ground” in Genesis 5:29

Most translations have 'because of the ground', some use 'arising from the ground', but the ESV stands out with 'out of the ground': and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the ...
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What is Divination?

Question: According to ancient, primary sources, what was divination and how was it practiced? Translations that seem to confuse the terms: NASB, Genesis 44:5 - Is not this the one from which my ...