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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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Was worship an activity expected of Adam?

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. (Genesis 2:15 KJV) וַיִּקַּח יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָֽאָדָם וַיַּנִּחֵהוּ בְגַן־עֵדֶן לְעָבְדָהּ ...
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Do Genesis 1:27, Galatians 4:26, Revelation 21:2 support the belief in a “God the Mother?”

Context: A sect within Christianity known as the "World Mission Society Church of God" believes that Genesis 1:27 gives credence to the idea that there is a "God the Father" as well as a "God the ...
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Who is “he” is Genesis 15:6b? [duplicate]

Without taking in consideration the exegesis of Paul and James of this text, how do we know that the "he" in and he counted it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6b is God? Hebrew text for ...
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Genesis 2 and 3 - Why was nudity suddenly a shame for Adam?

Genesis 2 Adam was created from mud, and Eve was created from one of Adam's ribs. Both had remained naked in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and ...
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Hebraically, did God ordain the weekly Sabbath in Genesis 2?

By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He ...
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Did Abraham receive a call to leave Ur as alluded to in Acts 7:2-4?

Acts 7:2-4 (KJV) 2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, 3 And said unto him, ...
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Why is Adam's disobedience to God in Genesis 3 referred to as 'the fall'?

'The fall' does not appear as a title for the events of Genesis 3 in the Bible, so who first called it 'the fall' and why?
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What is the significance of Noah's name?

Throughout Genesis most (all?) of the Patriarchs' names have a significance within their respective scenes or narratives. Their names generally describe or are related to their stories. For example, ...
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Does Genesis indicate everyone has Noah's sons as common ancestors?

It is written: The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were ...
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Genesis 2:18 - How to interpret “before”, in “helper before him”?

Closely Related: - What was Eve's role in relation to Adam? Question : What does "Before" Imply? What is the significance of the word choices, between "going before" in Hebrew as "לפניך", (in ...
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Did Jacob mislead his brother Esau in Genesis 33:14?

Genesis 33:14 NASB [14]Please let my lord pass on before his servant, and I will proceed at my leisure, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the ...
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Why was Rachel buried in Canaan?

Genesis 48 records the death of Rachel: But as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath; and I ...
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How old was Dinah when when she visited the daughters of Shechem in Genesis 34?

Genesis 34:1-3 NASB [1]Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the daughters of the land. [2]When Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the ...
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Was Genesis 2 understood to be a creation narrative in Judaic literature?

Genesis 2 is commonly considered a creation narrative of the first humans. But when did this interpretation originate? Does ancient Jewish literature support this view or view Adam and Eve simply as ...
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What is the difference between “eretz” and “sadeh” in Gen 2:5?

What is the difference between "eretz" and "sadeh" in the first chapters of Genesis ? for example Gen 2:5?
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Why are “us” and “our” used in Genesis 1:26? [duplicate]

Why are "us" and "our" used in Genesis 1:26? Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness
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What is the nature of Eve's desire in Gen. 3:16 [duplicate]

In Genesis 3:16, the ESV and NASB, (respectively) each convey very different meanings for this verse: ESV (2016) To the woman he said, "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in ...
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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 ...