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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 were the daughters of Lot reluctant to search for husbands outside the mountain?

In Genesis 19 (NRSV), 30 Now Lot went up out of Zoar and settled in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; so he lived in a cave with his two daughters. 31 And the ...
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Why are the nations of Shem summarized differently than the nations of Ham?

The genealogies of Ham and Shem conclude with nearly identical statements: These are the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, and by their nations....
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In what sense does Paul quote Genesis 2:24 in 1 Corinthians 6:16?

1 Corinthians 6:16 (KJV) What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother,...
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Why is the context of Genesis 3:6 centred about the tree and less about the fruit? [closed]

Genesis 3:6 And the woman seeth that the tree is good for food, and that it is pleasant to the eyes, and the tree is desirable to make one wise, and she taketh of its fruit and eateth, and giveth ...
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Genesis 2 - Tree of Knowledge or Tree of Devotion?

דַּעַת is almost always rendered as “knowledge.” [H1847-da'ath] And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, ...
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Why is Genesis 49:10 not commonly understood as prophesying the future city? [closed]

This question is not asking for a general scope of understanding with regards to Genesis 49:10 which is the case with 'What is the "Time of Shiloh"?'. Rather mine is questioning how we get a person in ...
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Is there a significance that there's no mention of how long Cain lived or his death, and his lineage for atleast 6 generations?

In Genesis 4: 17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch 1. 18 And unto Enoch was born ...
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In Genesis, Did God Work and Rest on the Sabbath?

Closely Related: - Judaism.Stackexchange - Did God Create the Sabbath Rest? 1. Question - Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Analysis : Setting aside Jewish and Christian doctrines, and traditional ...
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Was it right for Sarai to upbraid Abram concerning Hagar in Genesis 16:4?

Genesis 16:4 (KJV) 4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon ...
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How can the trees in Eden the garden of God be literal in light of Ezekiel 31:8-9, Isaiah 14, Isaiah 5, Psalm 80, etc? [closed]

In Genesis 2 God plants a garden. Genesis 2 8 The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. This same garden of God keeps popping up in ...
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Is Jesus's crown of thorns a callback to Adam's curse of thorns?

Could the crown of thorns described in Mark 15:17 be an attempt by the writer to strengthen the relationship between Christ as the second Adam and the first Adam who is cursed in Genesis 3:18 with an ...
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“Benefactor” vs “shield” in Genesis 15:1

In Gen 15:1, the LORD says to Abram: אַל־תִּירָ֣א אַבְרָ֗ם אָנֹכִי֙ מָגֵ֣ן לָ֔ךְ שְׂכָרְךָ֖ הַרְבֵּ֥ה מְאֹֽד Fear not, Abram. I am a māgēn to you, your very great reward. (my overly literal [...
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Who was God seeking to kill in Exodus 4:24-26? [duplicate]

(KJV)Exodus 4:24-26 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him. [25] Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it ...
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Sodom and Gomorrah and the sinful nature of Lot and his daughters

In Genesis 19:30-38 Lot was tricked into getting drunk by both daughters who then slept with him. Both daughters were impregnated, ultimately forming new groups of people. What was the daughters' ...
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In Genesis 9:22–23, to what exactly does “the nakedness of his father” refer? [duplicate]

In Gen. 9:22–23, it is written, 22 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 ...
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Need images of Codex Alexandrinus & Leningrad

Where can I find the actual photographed images of Genesis in both the Codex Alexandrinus and Leningradensis? Hoping to get these with English translations but if that doesn't exist, any suggestions ...
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Did Adam blame Eve?

In Genesis 3, when God asks Adam and Eve if they have eaten from the infamous tree, Adam says, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate." And Eve says, "The ...
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Are there any manuscripts that confirm genealogy in the Septuagint's Genesis 5?

The genealogy in Genesis 5 as it appears in the Septuagint is very different from the geneologies of the Masoretic & Samaritan texts. For example, Methuselah lives 14 years past the flood in the ...
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How can we understand Genesis 49:6 in the light of different translations

KJV 49:6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. ...
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How can we reconcile the supposed contradiction in Genesis 49:5-7 & Malachi 2:4-6?

(KJV)Genesis 49:5-7 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. [6] O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou ...
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Sarah should have given children suck (Genesis 21, KJV) — I don't understand what that means [duplicate]

Genesis 21 (King James Bible): 5 And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. 6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. ...
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What does “Sarah should have given children suck” (Genesis 21:7, KJV) mean?

Genesis 21:5-7 (King James Bible): 5 And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. 6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with ...
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What's the difference in Gen. 3:15 in the Septuagint in the word σπέρματος and σπέρματός

In the Septuagint, Gen. 3:15 says this: καὶ ἔχθραν θήσω ἀνὰ μέσον σου καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τῆς γυναικὸς καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ σπέρματός σου καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ σπέρματος αὐτῆς· αὐτός σου τηρήσει κεφαλήν, καὶ σὺ ...
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The point of Genesis 23?

Have heard some commentary on this, but nothing detailed. Why did the author of Genesis spend so much time on Abraham's purchase of Ephron's field? Maybe more to the point, why was the story ...
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Adam and Eve: Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil = Judgement?

Regarding the following passage: And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for ...
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In Genesis 6:4, how should the Hebrew phrase בְּנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים be translated? [duplicate]

Elohim is a very confusing word in Hebrew for me. Sometimes it means "God", sometimes it means "gods". Then it can also mean "angel", even though Hebrew has another word for angels, namely mal’ak. ...
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Does the literary content of Genesis 1 compel the conclusion that Genesis 1 is a fictive construct for corrective polemics?

It typically is held among professional Christian scholars that Genesis 1 originated as a corrective polemic against pagan creation myths. Additionally, I presume that this theory as to origin of ...
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In Genesis 40:13, what is the meaning of the phrase “lift up thine head”?

In Gen. 40:13, regarding the chief butler, it is written, 13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his ...
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Genesis 1:26 why do interpreters add “let us”

I was recently reading an interlinear of this verse and realized that the Hebrew doesn't refer to any "us" as we see in the English versions. It appears to read: and make man in image and ...
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Is there an implicit comparison between the lines of Cain and Seth?

Many commentators note that the lineage of Cain in Genesis 4 is followed by a genealogy of Seth in Genesis 5 and compare the two lines, treating Cain's line as godless and Seth's line as godly. This ...
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In Genesis 6:3, could הוּא בָשָׂר be understood as “he is carnal”?

In Gen. 6:3, the Hebrew text states, ג וַיֹּאמֶר יַהְוֶה לֹא יָדוֹן רוּחִי בָאָדָם לְעֹלָם בְּשַׁגַּם הוּא בָשָׂר וְהָיוּ יָמָיו מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה which the King James Version translates ...
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Why is Cain's line shown to be so inventive?

In Genesis 4:19-22, we read a short account of some of Cain's decendents: Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who ...
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Where did the information come from for Moses to write Genesis since he was born generations beyond 'Adam'?

Genesis is included in the Torah, which is the first five books of the Bible. Joshua 8:31 says that Moses wrote the Torah: And there, in the presence of the people of Israel, he [Joshua] wrote on ...
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In what sense is the word אור used in Ezekiel 5:2?

Ezekiel 5:2 (NASB) [2]One third you shall burn in the fire at the center of the city, when the days of the siege are completed. Then you shall take one third and strike it with the sword all around ...
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Genesis 19:24, Two Yahwehs?

How is Genesis 19:24 best translated? Some translations translate it by apparently saying there are two Yahweh(s) involved in the act: ESV: Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and ...
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Was Jethro the father in-law of Moses a descendant of abraham?

Genesis 25:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Abraham again took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 2 And she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. 3 Jokshan begot Sheba and Dedan. And the sons ...
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In Genesis 3:2 did Eve receive the command not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good & evil directly from God or through Adam?

Genesis 2:15 (NKJV) 15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may ...
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In Genesis 4:20-21, in what sense were Jabal and Jubal the “fathers” of those with particular skills?

Lamech in Cain's descendants has 3 sons, each whom is described with a particular skill (ESV 4:20-22): Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His ...
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When (the year) and where (the place) did Moses write Genesis?

When and where did Moses write Genesis?
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How can we reconcile Genesis 1:24-26 & Genesis 2:18-20?

Genesis 1:24-26(KJV) 24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God ...
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The 'Golden Rule' Paraphrases 'Treaty of Beersheba.'

In Genesis 21:22-24, Abimelek offers a treaty to Abraham based on honesty and kindness. "Treat us with the same kindness we treated you." In Matthew 7:12, Jesus says "Do to others as you want done ...
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Is there room to recontextualize the Genesis 3 serpent?

"The root chash is the basis of terms such as nachash and lachash, which pertain to different types of divination." (Frankiel, 173) According to Gesenius and Robinson, Nun is interchangeable with ...
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Why Was Terah Travelling to Canaan?

Genesis 11:31 states: וַיִּקַּ֨ח תֶּ֜רַח אֶת־אַבְרָ֣ם בְּנ֗וֹ וְאֶת־ל֤וֹט בֶּן־הָרָן֙ בֶּן־בְּנ֔וֹ וְאֵת֙ שָׂרַ֣י כַּלָּת֔וֹ אֵ֖שֶׁת אַבְרָ֣ם בְּנ֑וֹ וַיֵּצְא֨וּ אִתָּ֜ם מֵא֣וּר כַּשְׂדִּ֗ים לָלֶ֙כֶת֙ ...
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Question with regard to dual meanings in the Hebrew words “Erev” and “Boker” in Genesis 1

This is a long and sometimes rambling account of my investigation into the creation account, specifically with regard to the word "Boker" or morning. It is one of the most fascinating concepts I have ...
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Should Genesis 2:16 say “you shall surely eat”?

The Hebrew language uses an idiom in which two occurances of the same word is used side by side. From what I understand, this is meant to show emphasis. Genesis 2:16 in the KJV says: And the LORD ...
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Is “shalt” necessary in Genesis 2:17?

Genesis 2:17 in the KJV says: But 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. The Hebrew says: but of ...
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Can צָוָה mean “gave charge” in Genesis?

Most English translations say something like: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you are free to eat; The Hebrew says: ויצו יהוה אלהים על־האדם לאמר מכל עץ־...
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Why did God ask Adam where they were & what they had done since he already knew what had transpired in the garden?

Genesis 3:6 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did ...
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Does the use of אֶחָד in Hebrew in the old Testament represent unity?

A friend said to me, the usage of echad (אֶחָד) means one-ness (unity) in the Old Testament. We see in Genesis 1:5: 3117 [e] yō-wm | י֥וֹם | day [Noun] 259 [e] ’e-ḥāḏ. | אֶחָֽד׃ | ...
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What does the phrase “children of wrath” mean in Ephesians 2:3?

Ephesians 2:3 "among whom we also once conducted ourselves in the lust of the flesh,fulfilling the desires of the flesh & of the mind, & were by nature children of wrath,just as the others "(...