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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. It tells the origins of heaven and earth, Adam, Noah, Noah's sons, Shem, Terah, Ishmael, Isaac, Esau and Jacob.

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What is the provenance of Genesis 50:33 in the Joseph Smith Translation?

The Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis contains a curious verse which does not appear to be attested in the Masoretic Text. It's apparently often used as a proof-text for the Mormon religion: And ...
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Were animals not afraid of people before the flood?

Gen 9:2 All the animals . . . will look on you with fear and terror. (NLT) This seems to indicate to me that there was a different relationship between people and animals after the flood.
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Is there hidden significance to Eve’s ‘with’ in G4:1?

In English we can use the word ‘with’ to mean sharing credentials or to mean aided by. As an example if Rob says I co-authored a novel with James, they are both being credited for writing the novel ...
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An explanation of El Shadai, please!

Does the Biblical term, El Shadai, mean mountaintop god, or perhaps, The Many Breasted God? I have seen both answers presented as truth claims! Gen 17:1 (NLT) - When Abram was ninety-nine years old, ...
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Is it the case that Noah, his family, and all the animals had but one small window to breathe through (Gen. 6:16)?

God instructed His faithful servant, Noah to build the ark as follows: Genesis 6:14-16, NASB: "Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it ...
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What is the literal translation of Genesis 15:6 (b)?

And he believed in the Lord and he counted it to him for righteousness. [Genesis 15:6 KJV] וְהֶאֱמִן, בַּיהוָה; וַיַּחְשְׁבֶהָ לּוֹ, צְדָקָה. Genesis 15:6 The middle Hebrew word of the text appears ...
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The Tree in the Center of the Garden

Is there one or two trees in the midst of the garden of Eden? Theory: The tree of life in the garden of Eden is one in the same as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. My proof of this is found ...
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Why did the people at the Tower of Babel not want to go to other parts of the world?

Genesis 11:4 English Standard Version Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the ...
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Should God's rest on the seventh day also be understood as being with His works?

Genesis 2:2 ESV And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. ויכל אלהים ביום השביעי מלאכתו אשר עשה וישבת ביום ...
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Why did God bless Abraham's marriage with Sarah if she was his sister and incestuous relationships are categorically prohibited in Scripture?

Abraham married his sister: 11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she is indeed my sister,...
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Should Psalm 104 be read as a commentary on Genesis 1 or vice versa?

Should Psalm 104 be read as a commentary on Genesis 1 or vice versa? What does scholarly consensus say about when Psalm 104 and Genesis 1 was written?
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In 1992 I found an ANE literary type called "royal chronicle" fit the first Genesis Creation account. What ancient genre is it considered now?

During my university student days, about 1992, I once attended a seminar about ancient near eastern literature concerning kings. Somewhere in the middle of it, one speaker was describing a literary ...
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Were the first three days equal in length to the fourth in Genesis 1?

The first three days were marked by the separation of light from darkness Genesis 1:3 NLT Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.:4 And God saw that it was good. Then he ...
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Why does Lamech speak of himself using the third person? (Genesis 4:23-24)

Genesis 4:23-24 NKJV 23 Then Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech! For I have killed a man for wounding me, Even a young man for hurting me. ...
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Are Genesis Chapters 10 and 11 split incorrectly?

Regarding the Tower of Babel narrative... I have posted elsewhere about the timeline problem of Babel happening only ~100 years after the flood. Population, technology, etc. issues are all raised with ...
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Why do scholars think Abraham came from Ur in Mesopotamia?

Most scholars still think that Abraham came from Ur in southern Mesopotamia / Sumer. This seems strange for a number of reasons, including: -The Ur in Mesopotamia is NOT beyond (East of) the Euphrates,...
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Should Kainan be considered authentic and original to Genesis 11, and therefore included in the biblical genealogy?

Luke 3:36 - the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech Gen 11:12, 13 (LXX) - And Arphaxad lived a hundred and thirty-five years, and begot Cainan. And ...
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Is Genesis 2:7 sufficiently ambiguous to support an interpretation that God spent millions of years to form Adam from dust?

Genesis 2:1-7 NKJV Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all ...
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Does Mark 10:6 imply a short (literal) creation week?

In speaking about marriage and divorce, Jesus takes the Pharisees back to the beginning in Mark 10:6 (NKJV, emphasis mine): "But from the beginning of the creation [αρχης κτισεως], God ‘made ...
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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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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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Who did Shelah (Judah's son) marry?

In Genesis we learn that Judah's sons Er and Onan died, and both of them were married to Tamar. Because of their deaths (and involvement with the same woman, Tamar), Judah thinks that Tamar has ...
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What is the likely way in which ancient Hebrews would have understood "raqiya" in Gen 1:6?

In Genesis 1:6, the word "firmament" (Hebrew: raqiya) is referring to what we call the sky. It separates the waters below (oceans, lakes, rivers, etc) from the waters above (where the rain comes from)...
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Does Genesis 2:9 have a sense of experiential knowledge as compared to other types of knowledge?

From the Amplified Bible, Genesis 2:9: And [in that garden] the LORD God caused to grow from the ground every tree that is desirable and pleasing to the sight and good (suitable, pleasant) for food; ...
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What is the "lattice" (heb: arubbah) described at Genesis 8:2 and is it connected to the "bands" (heb: aguddah) described at Amos 9:6?

Here are the definitions of the words aguddah and arubbah on Biblehub. Arubbah literally means "lattice windows" (or windows in the lattice). It can be translated as "floodgates of the ...
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A Firmament explanation

Can someone explain to me about the firmament. I know it is the heavens above but, that would mean no one could go beyond that. No outer space as we were taught in school. Correct! Gen 1:6-8 - Then ...
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Did genesis say the sky is made of water?

Genesis 1:6-8 Then God said, “Let there be a [c]firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were ...
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Why mankind was mentioned twice apart from others?

What is the difference between Gen:1:27 and Gen:2:22? Gen 1:27 - So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen 2:22 - And the LORD God ...
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How do we understand Youngs Translation of Gen 3:22?

Nigel J in answering a Question about Gen 3: 22 Translation said: The big question is 'How does God live ? By the knowledge of good and evil ? ' This is answered by Young's Literal Translation (see ...
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Do we have a Father of all living things, if yes what’s Adam’s role and the meaning of this scripture

Genesis 3:20 KJV [20] And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
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Did God ever consider animals as suitable help for man in Genesis 2?

The passages in this question are all from Genesis 2. After creation God expresses how no suitable companion could be found for the man 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. ...
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Why do some translations render Genesis 2:5-7 as a chronology?

Skeptics often accuse Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 of contradicting (note also How does Genesis 2:6 reconcile with Genesis 1:11-13 AND to Genesis 2:5?). This is based on Genesis 2 translations such as the ...
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Are the Hebrew words for ‘woman’ and ‘make’ related?

In Genesis 2, God says: “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make [עָשָׂה ; strongs H6213: to fashion, bring forth, make or do] him a helper fit for him.”” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬ He ...
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Why are "ha-adam" and "adam" often translated inconsistently in Genesis?

The word, adam, means “man” (SH 120) and it’s also a name, Adam (SH 121), and it can mean “red” (SH 119 with the same vowel points). Ha means “the” in Hebrew, so ha-adam means “the man.” I’m not ...
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Where did Edom pursue his brother with a sword as recorded in Amos 1:11?

Amos 1:11 NKJV 11 Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, And cast off all pity;...
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Why does God remember the covenant with God? (self-reference)

Genesis 9:16 NKJV - The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God (אֱלֹהִ֔ים) and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” ...
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Why did Esau prosper before Israel (Genesis 36 and Deteronomy 2)?

Jacob was promised the land of Canaan for a possession; yet his brother Esau came into his own kingdom long before, according to Genesis 36 and Deuteronomy 2, despite the word given to Rebekah, "...
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How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?

Reading from Genesis 6:14 (NRSV): Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. There is a note at "cypress" which says: Meaning of ...
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Who inherited Isaac's Wealth?

The Bible says in Genesis 25:5 "Abraham gave everything he owned to his son Isaac" (NLT). That's straight forward. However, it is not clear who inherited Isaac's wealth. The Bible states ...
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Was Adam present when the serpent was talking with Eve?

Genesis 3:6 (NIV) When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to ...
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Gad's contextual name meaning and background

I'm studying Genesis 30 right now and am having trouble with Gad's name meaning. Why was he named after a "troop" or "fortune"? Which really is it? What is the significance of this in relation to ...
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Why 430 years "to the very day"?

Genesis 15:13: And He said unto Abram, “Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years. Exodus ...
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What is the significance of the LXX going back and forth between God and Lord God in Genesis 2:4-24?

The LXX uses both God and Lord God in Genesis 2. LXX-Genesis 2 (NETS) 4 This is the book of the origin of heaven and earth, when it originated, on the day that God made the sky and the earth 5 and ...
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Why do Genesis 1 and 2 sequences of events and other details differ so widely?

In Genesis 1 the seed-plants are made first. Then birds, aquatic and marine creatures are summoned from the water. Beasts of the earth are called forth from the earth. Man is shaped (SHAPE(V): (ברא / ...
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What was the source of the light in Genesis 1:3-4 (cf. Gen. 1:14-19)?

At the outset of the Book of Genesis, we read: Genesis 1:3-4: "Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the ...
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What does "image" in Genesis 1:26-27 mean?

Genesis 1:26-27 (ESV) 26Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the ...
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Who is the author of the first 9 chapters of Genesis? And are we to believe that the author knew what God said in his heart? Gen 8:21

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭8‬:‭21‬ ‭KJV‬‬ And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil ...
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What is the biblical significance of the "red hair" / "Scarlet thread" and the first born brother/twin?

I've been reading the stories about the births of twins in Genesis. Firstly about Isaacs sons Jakob and Esau (Gen 25) and secondly about Judahs sons Perez and Zerah (Gen 38). The stories share many ...
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Does Genesis 3:22 indicate that Adam was already subject to death before he sinned?

“but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:17‬ ‭ Was Adam not subject to death prior to eating of ...
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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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