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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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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 "(...
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Could there be a chronological discord in Genesis 37, 38 & 39?

In Genesis 37 we meet Joseph when he is 17years old,then in Genesis 38 we meet Judah who marries Shua then has sons Er, Onan & Shelah,Er marries Tamar then dies & eventually Judah inpregnants ...
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Could the fall have been a sexual act?

In chapter 2 of Genesis the man and woman in Garden Eden are described. It says in the end: Genesis 2:25 (ESV) 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Then the ...
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Is it plausible that Noah's Dad knew Adam?

I overheard in conversation this morning: My mate from college said that he drew a graph of the genealogy in Genesis 4 - and worked out that Noah's Dad probably knew the living Adam. My question ...
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When was the Creation Story in Genesis written?

The Tree of Knowledge (leading to spiritual death) and the Tree of Life (which culminates as Christian salvation in Revelation) appear to be central doctrines in Christianity (since Christ ended the ...
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What is the purpose of people and animals having green plants for food in Gen 1? [closed]

Let's assume for a moment (a controversial point) that Genesis was written by Moses whilst in the wilderness as a song of comfort for his people. (Who were probably not eating food that they would ...
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What is the significance of Jacob holding onto the heel of Esau?

In Gen 25:26 we read: After that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them. (KJV)
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In Genesis 2:3, what are the practical implications of God “blessing” and “sanctifying” the seventh day?

In Genesis 2:3, what are the practical implications of God "blessing" and "sanctifying" the seventh day?: Gen 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God stopped ...
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Is Genesis 3:22 related to Genesis 1:26?

Is Genesis 3:22 related to Genesis 1:26? Genesis 3:22 (ESV) Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take ...
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Was Potiphar, being a captain of an Egyptian guard, likely a eunuch?

In Genesis, we read the infamous story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife. Potiphar's wife (who is named Zuleikha, at least according Sefer HaYashar) repeatedly makes sexual advances on Joseph, and as we ...
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In Genesis 10:9, was Nimrod really a “hunter”?

In Genesis 10:9, was Nimrod really a "hunter"?: ISV Gen 10:8 Cush fathered Nimrod, who became the first fearless leader throughout the land. Gen 10:9 He became a fearless hunter in defiance ...
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Why does the Hebrew in Genesis 3:16 indicate that the man will rule “her” or “you” when it looks as if the Hebrew isn't a personal pronoun?

אֶֽל־הָאִשָּׁ֣ה אָמַ֗ר הַרְבָּ֤ה אַרְבֶּה֙ עִצְּבוֹנֵ֣ךְ וְהֵֽרֹנֵ֔ךְ בְּעֶ֖צֶב תֵּֽלְדִ֣י בָנִ֑ים וְאֶל־אִישֵׁךְ֙ תְּשׁ֣וּקָתֵ֔ךְ וְה֖וּא יִמְשָׁל־בָּֽךְ׃ In attempting to study Genesis 3:16, I can't understand why ...
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How many Hebrew words are in Gen 15:6, and what do they mean?

How many Hebrew words are in Gen 15:6, and what do they mean in English? Does the final translation include English words that are not in the Hebrew text but are implied? Should they then be in ...
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How does the 'face of the ground' and the 'earth' differ in their meaning in Gen 4:14?

Genesis 4:13-14 13 Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is too great to bear! 14 "Behold, You have driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and I will ...
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Why were the waters divided in Gen 1:6?

In Gen 1:6 why were the waters divided? Because up to Gen 1:14, every 'let there be' was a 'remedial' step. Gen 1:2-3 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face ...
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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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Creation of angels, where is it mentioned or even alluded to in Genesis 1-2?

On which day were the angels created ? Because it's evident that in Gen 2:1, 'all the host' is an allusion to sentient beings who by then are in their respective places, and which host Gen 2:4 affirm ...
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What does it mean in Genesis 1:2 and Jeremiah 4:23 when they refer to the earth as void?

Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep..... AND Jeremiah 4:23 I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, ...
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In Genesis 24:9, is putting one's hand under the thigh symbolic or a euphemism?

In Genesis 24:9, is putting one's hand under the thigh symbolic or a euphemism?: Gen_24:9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that ...