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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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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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Why does Genesis 2:7 read חַיִּ֑ים plural rather than singular

Genesis 2:7 in English it reads God breathe the breath of life(singular) but in Hebrew it reads lives(plural) What is significant that ‘Adam’ received a plurality of lives breathe into him? Eve didn’...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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God's decision regarding The Great Flood

Am curious as to how and why God went all "I'm going to get rid of ALL creation." in Genesis 6:7 to "Noah take animals with you aboard the Ark." in Genesis 6:19-20 concerning the beasts of the earth. ...
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Is Job 32:8 equating “the breath of life” of Genesis 2:7 with the Holy Spirit?

International Standard Version Job 32:8 However, a spirit exists in mankind, and the Almighty's breath gives him insight." https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/Job/32/8 New International Version ...
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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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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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Can adam mean humans?

And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over ...
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Would the Judeans in Babylonian exile have learnt to write “Cush” to mean Mesopotamia?

When did the cuneiform literature use the term “Cush” to refer to all or part of Mesopotamia, as happens in Genesis, if ever? Why does this matter? In the Pentateuch, “Cush” seems only to refer to ...
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Why didn't Sarah refuse to go to Abimelech?

Why did Sarah go with Abimelech? Why didn't she refuse? Weren't women allowed to refuse being raped by kings, or what? Or did Sarah go to the king willingly when she was called? I'm struggling to ...
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What is the significance of the scarlet thread on Zerah's hand at the end of Genesis 38?

The whole sequence of events is so strange that it feels symbolic. Hands don't normally come out first in childbirth, and then pulling it back in is curious. Why would a midwife be so anxious to label ...
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Is there a difference between “night” and “evening” in Hebrew

Why does the Bible use different words like ereb for evening and laylah for night when they both denote the same thing?
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Was it the first time that Eve saw the tree of good and evil in Genesis 3:7

Initial when the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is introduced not much is said about its details except its restrictions. Genesis 2:16 NASB 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From ...
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How were the birds arranged in Abraham's sacrifice in Genesis 15:9-10?

Genesis 15:9-10 NKJV 9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he brought all these to ...
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The Book of Acts and the Elamites

The Elamites are the most curious group of people in the entire Bible. They first appear in the Book of Genesis where they are the sovereign kings over the vassal-states of the cities of the plain. ...
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Are these the stolen gods/idols of Laban in Genesis 35:2?

Genesis 35:2,4 NASB 2So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments; ... 4So they ...
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How can we understand the meaning of bara and asha in its text

Irrespective of whether one believes in Gap theory or not we see that the word Bara and asha is used several times in Genesis interchangeably. What confuses me is how are we to understand the actual ...
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Can the Hebrew word qara (קָרָא) mean to rename?

We see in Genesis 1:5 that God called the light as day and darkness as night. The Hebrew word used to translate this word is קָרָא. We see however that God was renaming something that already had a ...
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In accordance with Noah's prophecy concerning Shem, Ham and Japheth, is there any significance in the number of sons recorded in the text?

Genesis 10:2 (NKJV) The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. v6) The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. v22) The sons of Shem ...
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How do Genesis 10:5, 20 & 31-32 relate to Genesis 11:1?

This question is related to my Genesis 11:1 question. 5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. ...