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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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Who are the people Cain was afraid of that would slay him? [duplicate]

Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me. -- Genesis 4:14 (...
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Why is Abraham so adamant to pay for the land to bury Sarah?

In Genesis 23 (NIV), Abraham negotiates with the Hittites to purchase a burial plot for his wife, Sarah. He is particularly interested in the property of Ephron the Hittite with whom he negotiates: ...
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What is the exact meaning of הׇיְתָה in Genesis 1:2?

In the first clause of Genesis 1:2 there is a verb הׇיְתָה. Some versions translate it as "was" when it also bears the meaning "to become" and many more. My question is what should הׇיְחׇה be ...
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Why did Abraham bind his son Isaac?

Genesis 22:9 reads: “When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the ...
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Why was Abraham required to bring three year old offerings/sacrifices in Genesis 15:7?

(KJV) Genesis 15:7-9 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I ...
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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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Does the Hebrew text of Genesis 15:6 permit more than one understanding?

Genesis 15:6, in Masoretic text and JPS 1917, reads as follows: וְהֶאֱמִ֖ן בַּֽיהוָ֑ה וַיַּחְשְׁבֶ֥הָ לּ֖וֹ צְדָקָֽה׃ And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness. 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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What is meant by “The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full” in Genesis 15:16?

What is meant by the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full? Genesis 15:14-16 (KJV) 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not ...
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Is John 1:1-3 an allusion to Proverbs 8:22-31 LXX?

The idea of the LOGOS being with God and active in creation always seemed to me to be alluding to Genesis 1 where God creates the world by speaking, "Let there be..." and I think that's still valid. ...
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Genesis 6:3 Is it talking about Spirit or spirit?

“Then the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years."” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭6:3‬ ‭ESV‬ Is there a direct connection between the presence of His ...
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Who were the “sons of God” (bene elohim) in Genesis 6:2?

Genesis 6:1-2 (ESV emphasis mine): When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took ...
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Why does the name “Jacob” continue after being changed to “Israel”?

In Genesis 17 when Abraham was 90 years of age God appears to him and tells him in verse 5 that his name is no longer Abram - hitherto Abraham had been called Abram - God appears to him and tells him ...
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Was Abraham"s reaction one of disappointment in Genesis 17:18?

After the disclose that Abraham's heir was still in the future not his current son,somehow his reaction seemed peevish and one of disappointment Genesis 17 NASB ” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face ...
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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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Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his “only-begotten son”?

Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his "only-begotten son" (Heb. 11:17, Gen. 22:2) despite the fact that Isaac had a step-brother Ishmael who was 14 years older than Isaac and was in fact ...
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In Genesis 4:15, why did God protect Cain?

Surely Adam and Eve had loads of kids by this point, so why would God protect a murderer? Gen 4:15 (NASB) So the Lord said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him ...
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How did Nephilim reappear after the flood?

We all know that after Noahs flood, all living things on the earth were destroyed including the Nephilim from Genesis 6:4. It is presumed that one of the reasons God destroyed the earth was because of ...
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Which water is Peter referring to in 2 Peter 3:5-7?

In 2 Peter 3:5-7, the Apostle said "For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the ...
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Why did the Masoretes take away 100 (or 50) years from the age of the fathers at their first sons' dates of birth?

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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Did Abraham leave Haran before or after his father died?

Genesis 11:31-12-1 appears to indicate that Abram left Haran after his father Terah had died. (The author of the New Testament book of Acts certainly saw it that way.) Terah took his son Abram and ...
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Why is אתך in Genesis 24:40 pointed אִתָּךְ rather than אִתְּךָ?

וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָי יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר הִתְהַלַּכְתִּי לְפָנָיו יִשְׁלַח מַלְאָכוֹ אִתָּךְ וְהִצְלִיחַ דַּרְכֶּךָ וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשָּׁה לִבְנִי מִמִּשְׁפַּחְתִּי וּמִבֵּית אָבִי In context, the person being ...
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Onward to Shinar: From the East or to the East?

Here are the choices...and of course, they are opposites: ESV Genesis 11:2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. NET Genesis 11:2 When the ...
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When did people start to eat meat?

On the sixth day, God gave humans green plants as food: And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its ...
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“Under heaven” or “under the heavens” on day three of creation?

The ESV translation uses the terms "Heaven" and "the heavens" in verses 8 and 9 of Genesis 1 in a way I find confusing: 8And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was ...
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The meaning of “know” in the Bible

I am wondering about the use of "know" in the sexual sense in the Hebrew Bible (e.g., "[Cain] knew his wife" in Gen. 4:17). Is this an euphemism by the first translators into English, or was this ...
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Why does Jacob say “because I saw God face to face”? (Gen 32:30)

After Jacob wrestles with the angel, he names the place Peniel, "because I have seen God face to face." (Gen 32:30). Why does he say that he has seen God face to face? He has only seen an angel, ...
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Does the Bible describe the “earth” as flat?

I have found so much gossip on the Net and no Biblical verses that clearly support the 'flat earth' notion. I know Job spoke of the 'circle of the Earth' and other very interesting aspects of the ...
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Why עשה instead of ברא in Genesis 1:7?

Genesis 1:7 ויעש אלהים את־הרקיע ויבדל בין המים אשר מתחת לרקיע ובין המים אשר מעל לרקיע ויהי־כן׃ And God made the firmament, and divided between the waters which were under the firmament and ...
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In the NIV translation of Genesis 3:6 is the phrase “with her” a sound reasonable translation? [duplicate]

Most commentators indicate that the words "with her" are an inaccurate rendering. Please resolve the conflicting opinions on the phrase "with her". When God addressed Adam In Genesis 3:17 He did not ...
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In Genesis 4, did Cain and Abel have previous knowledge of sacrifice?

In Genesis 4, did Cain and Abel have previous knowledge from God about the required sacrifice? Genesis 4:3–5 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit ...
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Does Genesis 2:21-24 suggest that the woman shared Adam's breath?

In the making of Adam we are told that after Yehovah sculpted him into a statue of himself he breathed into him the breath of life and animated hime. Eve was sculpted from Adam's spare rib but there ...
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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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Is Genesis 6:9 referring to Noah's genetic purity?

NOTE: All references are from Young's Literal Translation unless otherwise noted. In Genesis 6 we are told that the angels impregnated human women and produced hybrid offspring. 4The fallen ones ...
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In Genesis 1:14, how are the “lights in the firmament of heaven…for signs”?

In Genesis 1:14, it is written, 14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and ...
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Meanings of “Himself” in Hebrew (Isaiah 53:6 and Gen 22:8)

Question about a Hebrew grammatical allowance I heard of a long time ago and I cant remember where: In either if these two passages: Isaiah 53:6 (NKJV) "All we like sheep have gone astray; We have ...
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In Genesis 49:10 what is the “Time of Shiloh”?

Besides the Biblical-era city what is "Shiloh", is the time of Shiloh yet to happen? Is Shiloh a person, battle or other event? It seems to have a connection with Genesis 49:10: The sceptre shall ...
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How was Isaac conceived? [closed]

How was Isaac conceived? Did Abraham have sex with Sarah or was it just by God's divine power without Abraham's involvement?
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How can John 3:13-14 be reconciled with what happened to Enoch, Elijah and Jesus?

While at least two people didn't die, Jesus spoke of only the Son of man ascending into heaven. Jesus next said the Son of man would need to be lifted up. John 3:13-14 (KJV) (Jesus said) “And ...
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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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In Genesis 4:2-8 why did God not accept Cain's offering? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what special thing did Abel do that permitted God to accept his offering but not accept Cain's. I tried to read this part of Genesis 4:2-8: Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the ...
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In Creation account especially Genesis 1:1-3 and 1:26, why “elohim” and “us' and ”our" are plural? [duplicate]

My question is different from question why "elohim" is translated as singular "God" and not plural "Gods", because I like present a talking about about it is not "Elohim" is the subject, but "Elohim" ...
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Is the translation “rib” for the Hebrew צֵלָע (*tsela*) in Genesis 2:22 justified?

Why is it that Biblical translators choose to translate the Hebrew word צֵלָע (tsela) as "rib" when referring to the formation of Eve from Adam in Genesis 2:22? Never is this word translated as rib ...
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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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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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Who is the “woman” of Genesis 3:15?

According to the Hebrew, could/does the "woman" of Genesis 3:15 refer to Eve?
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In Genesis 6:3 is it “is flesh” or “is also flesh”?

This is a translation issue which the meaning changes greatly on, depending on how it is rendered. For a Christian reader this matter of spirit or flesh (or both) would be highly relevant. Some texts ...
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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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In Genesis 9:15 what does the covenant promise about floods?

Long before Abraham there was Noah and this covenant: [Gen 9:15-16 NIV] 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become ...
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Why do people say Jesus is the only sinless person to walk this earth? [closed]

I have heard this a many of time from people. Even read it in some post on this site. Can some one give me some scripture reference for this? From what I get from the scriptures: (KJV) Genesis 3:8-...