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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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Historical present in Genesis 1:2

Genesis 1:2 והארץ היתה תהו ובהו וחשך על־פני תהום ורוח אלהים מרחפת על־פני המים׃ (My translation of the bolded part) And darkness is on the face of the deep My question regards the bolded section ...
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In Genesis 1:1 why בראשית instead of בראש?

Genesis 1:1 בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ׃ Question: Why did the Author of Genesis choose the word בראשית instead of בראש? I am pretty sure that the word ראשית is derived from ראש, but I am not ...
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The confusing order of Laban's tent raids in Genesis 31:33

In Genesis 31:33 we read of Laban's search of the tents of Jacob's party: וַיָּבֹא לָבָן בְּאֹהֶל יַעֲקֹב וּבְאֹהֶל לֵאָה וּבְאֹהֶל שְׁתֵּי הָאֲמָהֹת וְלֹא מָצָא וַיֵּצֵא מֵאֹהֶל לֵאָה וַיָּבֹא ...
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What was the nature of the 'cord' in Gen 38:18?

In Gen. 38:18 it is recorded how Judah gave Tamar a 'cord' (Hebrew: פתיל), among other possessions, as a pledge, He said, "What pledge should I give you?" "Your seal and its cord, and the staff ...
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Who is the serpent's seed in Genesis 3:15?

KJV Gen 3:15  and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. God says that going forward as a ...
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In Genesis 13 and 18 was the grievous sin in Sodom and Gomorrah homosexuality?

An outcry had gone against the two cities of Sodom & Gomorrah as early as the thirteenth chapter in the book of Genesis concerning a grievous sin. Genesis 13:12-13 NKJV 12 Abram dwelt in the ...
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Were women covered under the covenant of circumcision in Genesis 17:14?

Genesis 17:14 (NKJV) 14 And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.” God tells ...
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According Genesis 11:7 'God נבל man's language'. Is it correct to translate the Hebrew verbal form נבל with the verb 'to confound'?

The majority of Bible translations choose to render the MT verbal form נבל as 'to confound'. Now - according the context - the 'confounded' language was, clearly, the unique language mentioned in 11:1....
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In accordance with Noah's prophecy concerning Shem, Ham and Japheth, is there any significance in the number of sons recorded in the text?

Genesis 10:2 (NKJV) The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. v6) The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. v22) The sons of Shem ...
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According to Genesis 10:5, at the Tower of Babel, did God divide the new languages by family group?

5 By these have the isles of the nations been parted in their lands, each by his tongue, by their families, in their nations. (YLT) This verse (also verse 20 and 31) seems to suggest that God ...
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What is the significance to writing “the-light” as האור or לאור?

Hebrew lacks a definite article and "the" is indicated by prefixing a letter: And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:4 ESV) וירא אלהים ...
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How do Genesis 10:5, 20 & 31-32 relate to Genesis 11:1?

This question is related to my Genesis 11:1 question. 5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. ...
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In John 4:18 is Jesus accusing the woman at the well of fornication or of adultery?

John 4:18 reports Jesus saying οὐκ ἔστιν σου ἀνήρ. Does the οὐκ govern σου or ἀνήρ? If the former, does it mean he’s a man but he’s not yours; and if the latter, does it imply he’s not a man, since ...
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In Genesis 11:1, what is the difference in Hebrew between the word “language” and the word “speech”?

Genesis 11:1 (KJV): And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. The English translation seems to be redundant here, ie language and speech. In doing some prelim research into ...
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In Genesis 49:1-27 is Jacob describing the general future, final days or demise of each of the tribes of his sons/Israel?

KJV Gen 49:1  And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.  Gen 49:2  Gather yourselves together, and ...
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In Genesis 49:1 what does Jacob mean by the “last days”?

KJV Gen 49:1  And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Other translations of "in the future" and "in ...
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In Genesis 16 is the angel that comes to Hagar the Lord in angel form or a different angel?

In Genesis 16} When Hagar runs away from Sarai and is crying in the wilderness an Angel of the Lord appears to her. Now I know there are instances in Joshua and even later in Abraham's story where '...
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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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In Genesis 3:14–19, does the order of cursing & curses reflect the gravity of the transgression?

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 ...