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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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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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Genesis 17:24 and 17:26 — Who circumcised Abraham?

In Genesis 17, it is written, 24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26 That very same day Abraham was circumcised, and his son Ishmael; NKJV, ©...
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Why is there a difference of 100 (or 50) years in the age of the patriarchs at their first sons' dates of birth between the LXX, SP and MT?

The Septuagint (along with the Samaritan Pentateuch) and Flavius Josephus in his Jewish Antiquities allow for about 6 to 7 hundred more years from our days back to the Flood (which accordingly would ...
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(1 Chronicles 1) Why is Seir ancestorial lineage Missing from amongst the Adamic lineal descendants lineage description?

--Why does Seir's name Abruptly show up as the various Adamic lineal descendants lineage are being described? In other words, who are the ancestors of Seir? 1 Chronicles 1:34-42 (NASB) 34 Abraham ...
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Who were before and afterwards, the mighty men or the sons of God? Genesis 6:4

What I am not asking I am not asking who the giants are, nor, who the sons of God are. Nor am I asking what the event was that marks the before and afterwards. Question In view of this passage “There ...
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Why would it take Adam and Eve 130 years to have Seth when God's command was to "be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. 1:28)?

In the first chapter of the Book of Genesis we read: Genesis 1:27-28: "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28God blessed them; ...
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In Genesis 1, Did "The Bereshit" Create "God"?

According to Genesis 1:1: בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ I've read that this is a grammatically incorrect because b'reshit does not have a definite article and the word order is wrong. ...
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What did God look like to Adam and Eve in terms of nakedness? [closed]

Genesis 3: 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Did God ...
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Does the rendering of Gen 1:26 allow for man to pre-exist but not in God's image?

Where the text says 'Let us make man in our image" suggests to me that man already existed but not in God's image. If man were a new creation at that point the text would make more sense if ...
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In Genesis 32 what is the significance of Jacob's injury?

In some kind of divine encounter Jacob receives a hip injury: NIV Genesis 32: 22During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the ...
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In Genesis 21:17 why does God hear only the boy's prayer?

As I read Genesis 21:17, I spent a good time wondering why God heard the cry of the boy whereas his mother also cried at the same time. "And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God ...
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Is the "four hundred years" the equivalent of the "four generations" in the Gen. 15:13-16 prophecy?

Gen. 15:13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. ...
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Could Christ's words "will He find faith on the earth" (Lk. 18:8) parallel Gen. 6:6-8?

In the Gospel of Luke, Christ asks a curious question: Luke 18:8b: "However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" It is as if Christ is predicting that faith in God ...
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Noah's burnt offering to God

Genesis 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. (ESV) How long afterward Noah landed ...
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How to reconcile the contradiction between Genesis 1:26 and Job 41:1-7?

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, ...
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Did Adam know about the Tree of Life?

Scripture clearly tells us that God made the Tree of Life in Eden, that God informed Adam of the Tree of Knowledge, and that God expelled Adam from Eden so as to prevent him from eating of the Tree of ...
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Image vs likeness in Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26 New International Version Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the ...
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How can we make sense of God's repentance and grief (Genesis 6:6) from the viewpoint of His perfect foreknowledge?

For this question, I'm taking it as an axiom that God has perfect foreknowledge of future events (nothing extraordinary to be honest -- most hold this view). Genesis 6:6 (YLT) tells us the following: ...
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How likely was the first day a 24-hour period?

Genesis 1 New International Version: 2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Darkness was first. 3And ...
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Was God's motive for barring man from eating of the "tree of knowledge" as given by the serpent true?

According to the serpent in Genesis 3:5, God's motive for prohibiting man from eating from the "tree of knowledge" was that man shall not become godly like him, For God knows that when you eat from ...
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Why did God react to Abraham and Sarah's laughter concerning the promised son so differently?

Genesis 17: 15God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless ...
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Is Rebecca's well the same as Rachel's well?

Abraham's servant meets Rebecca at a well. Genesis 24 10Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram ...
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Hosea 6.9: KJV "by consent" or ESV/LEB "by Shechem"

In Hosea 6.9: KJV reads: And as troops of robbers wait for a man, So the company of priests murder in the way by consent: For they commit lewdness. Whereas ESV has: As robbers lie in wait for a man,...
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What is the earliest Genesis 1:1 [closed]

With the current Hebrew version of Genesis 1:1 the number Pi can be found within a gematria calculation. I am curious how far back it goes and if it exists in the earliest versions of Genesis 1:1 or ...
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Did God Explicitly Warn Eve About the Tree of Knowledge (Gen. 2, 3)?

Many believe that God spoke directly to Eve concerning the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It is no wonder, because most assume that God explicitly spoke to Eve about it. But I believe this ...
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Which garment did Potiphar's wife take from Joseph in Genesis 39?

Which garment was being referred to in Genesis 39 as being taken by Potiphar's wife whilst Joseph fled?
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Did Jacob acquire all his wealth in Paddan Aram in the last 6 years of working for Laban?

Genesis 29: 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. At the end of this 7 years period, Jacob worked for another 7 years:...
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A nose ring, earring, or other in Genesis 24:22?

Abraham's servant is on a mission to find Isaac a wife, and he is blessed in that work. Upon Rebekah's fulfilling of the sign conditions of the servant's prayer to YHWH (Gen 24:12-20), the servant ...
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Genesis 18:12 Origin of “Smooth Flesh” translation

Not a Hebrew scholar here but a Rabbi and I read our versions of Genesis 18:12 and I noticed a difference in wording. When Sarah laughed, his version rendered roughly “shall I have smooth skin” and ...
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Did Joseph actually practice divination?

Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack. 2Then put my cup, the ...
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Does Genesis 3 suggest that Adam and Eve's fig-leaf loincloths (v. 7) were unable to cover nakedness, unlike the tunics of skin (v. 21)?

In Genesis 3:6-10, the first recorded effect of Adam and Eve's sin is that they realized they were naked. Because of this, they sewed fig leaves together to make loincloths, but this isn't considered ...
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How is God not ultimately responsible for the sins of the world (Gen. 3:1-7, Job 1, 2, etc.)? [closed]

I feel as though I should have a direct, straightforward answer to this question, but I often come up a bit short. There is little doubt in my mind that God works everything together for good. However,...
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Does Isaac struggle on the altar when Abraham is about to slaughter him?

Genesis 22 7 Then Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” “Here I am, my son,” he replied. “The fire and the wood are here,” said Isaac, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8 ...
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Is it reasonable that 2 men were able to kill all the men in a city?

Genesis 34 20So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city and addressed the men of their city: 21“These men are at peace with us. Let them live and trade in our land; indeed, it is ...
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Why does NKJB change the translation of KJV in Genesis 29:31?

KJB Genesis 29:31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. NKJB When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. Why do ...
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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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Is Ishmael the father of many Arab nations?

Genesis 21: 12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to everything that Sarah tells you, for through Isaac your offspring will be reckoned. 13 But ...
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Is Mahalath the same as Basemath?

Genesis 28:9 NIV 9 so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had. Genesis 36:2-3 NIV 2 Esau took ...
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Do Jews today not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip as per Genesis 32:32? [migrated]

Genesis 32:32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon. Is this still practiced by ...
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Should it read גִלְעָד or גַלְעֵד?

Genesis 31:47-48 reads as follows: וַיִּקְרָא-לוֹ לָבָן, יְגַר שָׂהֲדוּתָא; וְיַעֲקֹב, קָרָא לוֹ גַּלְעֵד. מח וַיֹּאמֶר לָבָן, הַגַּל הַזֶּה עֵד בֵּינִי וּבֵינְךָ הַיּוֹם; עַל-כֵּן קָרָא-שְׁמוֹ, ...
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Is one generation equal to 100 years?

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; 14 And ...
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How would Adam know what "you shall surely die" meant?

In Genesis 2, God warns Adam not to eat of a certain tree and threatens punishment or consequences if he disobeys: 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the ...
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Is "grown to love" a reasonable understanding of אהבת in Genesis 22:2?

One of the more perplexing statements in Genesis is God saying Isaac is Abraham's only son: 1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “...
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Parallels between story of Abraham handing his wife Sara over to the Pharaoh (Gen 12) and Israel then spending 400 years slavery in Egypt [closed]

In my study of the books of Genesis and Exodus, I have noted what appear to be clear parallels between the events which take place between Abraham and his wife Sara and the future events which take ...
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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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Why is עֲרוּמִּ֔ים (Gen 2:25) translated "naked," and in the very next verse its singular form, עָר֔וּם (Gen 3:1), is translated "crafty/shrewd?"

I am curious as to why the Hebrew word for "crafty/shrewd," עָרוּם, used to characterize the serpent in the Garden in Genesis 3:1 is the same word in Genesis 2:25, describing Adam and Eve, yet ...
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According to Genesis, where do the birds fly?

Genesis 1:20 reads: וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֔ים יִשְׁרְצ֣וּ הַמַּ֔יִם שֶׁ֖רֶץ נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֑ה וְעֹוף֙ יְעֹופֵ֣ף עַל־הָאָ֔רֶץ עַל־פְּנֵ֖י רְקִ֥יעַ הַשָּׁמָֽיִם׃ (WLC) Which translates as: And God said, ...
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What exactly did Abraham mean by "righteous" when he bargained with God?

New International Version Genesis 18: 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you ...
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In Genesis 6:7, God states that He will destroy both man and beast from the face of the earth. Why were ocean creatures omitted?

I have wondered this for a long time. Early in the Book of Genesis we read: Genesis 6:7: "And the LORD said, 'I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to ...
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Why is Jacob so harsh in saying “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” in Genesis 42:1?

New International Version Genesis 42: 1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” 2He continued, “I have heard that there is ...

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