Questions tagged [genesis]

The first book of the Hebrew Bible which covers events from Creation to the start of Israel's sojourn in Egypt.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
7answers
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
56 views

Where did Rebecca go to ask the Lord?

Genesis 25:21Isaac pleaded with the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The LORD answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins. 22But the two ...
2
votes
1answer
52 views

How do we understand the phrase “וַיִּתְהַלֵּ֥ךְ חֲנ֖וֹךְ אֶת־הָֽאֱלֹהִ֑ים” from [Genesis 5:24] - if [John 1:18] is true?

If [John 1:18] is true, Enoch | Chanok (חֲנ֜וֹךְ) could not have literally seen Elohim, since Enoch (חֲנ֜וֹךְ) is not the “one and only Son” of John's Gospel. - How then should readers understand [...
1
vote
3answers
87 views

Did God Explicitly Warn Eve About the Tree of Knowledge (Ex. 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 ...
1
vote
3answers
67 views

Other than Bara, what words are used in Genesis for creation?

The word "creation" is used 5 times in Genesis 1. I know that "bara" means to create from nothing. Is that same word used all 5 times?
2
votes
4answers
114 views

In Genesis 3:9, Did God ask “Ayekah” ( אַיֶּֽכָּה ) meaning “Where-Are-You” [or] “How-Are-You”?

HaShem asked HaAdam a strange question in Genesis 3:9 - "Ayekah?" ( אַיֶּֽכָּה ) Do English bibles mistranslate the meaning of "Ayekah" as a confused "Where-Are-You" ...
11
votes
6answers
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
391 views

Why aren't the sons of Mizraim listed in Genesis 10?

In the Table of Nations, Moses doesn't mention Egypt's (Mizraim's) children by name, only the tribes are mentioned. Genesis 10:13-14 (KJV) [13] And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, ...
5
votes
4answers
135 views

Why is “אֱלהִים” (Elohim) spelled like god ha-yam (El the sea), with no “o” sound, in Genesis and Exodus?

Shouldn't it be spelled אֱלוהִים? Is there some reason it's not? I did some googling but could only find pages on other topics. Apologies if I missed something.
0
votes
3answers
8k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
63 views

Hebrews 12:16,17 seems to incorrectly reference events in Genesis 25:29-34 & 27:35-38

Allow me to be much more succinct, per feedback received. It seems to me that Esau clearly states, at least in his belief, that the birthright and the blessing are two separate and distinct things ...
2
votes
2answers
73 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
92 views

With respect to בשׁגם in Genesis 6:3 who/what is being contrasted?

The Hebrew text translated seems to read ... he too is flesh... Granted many English translations omit the בשׁגם altogether but nonetheless it is in the original. To whom or to what does it make ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
85 views

The ‘makeup’ of man - what is man?

This question comes out from a comment .. The Q was closed, so I couldn’t respond via a comment reply, so I’ll both ask it here, (open it up), and also respond here ... GEN 2:7 then the Lord God ...
4
votes
4answers
190 views

Did death enter the animal kingdom as a consequence of the curses that God declared in retribution for sin after the Fall (Genesis 3)?

As retribution for sin, God declared a series of curses in Genesis 3. Below are some relevant quotes from the chapter: 14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you ...
5
votes
3answers
79 views

Was Jacob's dream an answer to prayer? Genesis 35:3

How can Jacob's claim that God answered him (Gen 35:3) when there is no record of Jacob petitioning or praying to God in Genesis 28? Genesis 35:3 "Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will ...
4
votes
3answers
821 views

When did Leah die?

The last act of Leah is found in Gen 33:7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down. Then later, Rachel died from giving birth to ...
8
votes
4answers
3k views

Cain's lineage vs. Adam's

Are the writers of Genesis trying to compare Cain's (Genesis 4:6) and Adam's lineages (Genesis 5) to show the difference between a community that follows God and a community that moves away from God? ...
3
votes
3answers
76 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
111 views

Does Genesis 1:29-31 leave any room for the existence of animal-based diets in the period between the Creation and the Fall?

Genesis 1:29-31 (ESV): 29 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 fruit. You shall have them for food. ...
1
vote
3answers
41 views

Why Be Fruitful and Multiply?

In the beginning God created man. And told him to procreate .. Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply What is, or was the reason or purpose for procreation? ...
3
votes
1answer
30 views

Is there a symbolic meaning to 'possessing the gates of your enemies' in the Hebrew language?

Genesis 24:60 - here the family members of Rebecca bless her with this saying. Genesis 22:17 - here Isaac (or Jesus) is blessed with this saying. Jesus is the 'natural' seed of both Rebecca and Isaac. ...
1
vote
1answer
76 views

Why did God approve of animal-based diets if Adam and Eve were originally vegan?

Genesis tells us that Adam, Eve and all animals had originally plant-based diets, as God provided them with every plant and tree for food: 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant ...
4
votes
2answers
45 views

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: ...
15
votes
9answers
8k views

Why did God choose circumcision and Paul cancel it? [closed]

Genesis 17:9 — Then God said to Abraham, “Your responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility. This is the covenant that you and ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

Creation of Man narrated twice with different God name [duplicate]

In the Hebrew of Genesis, there are 2 verses that describe the creation of man: Genesis 1:27: So ´Élöhîm אֱלֹהִים created man in his [own] image, in the image of ´Élöhîm created he him; male and ...
1
vote
2answers
47 views

Does Hebrews 12:17 mean that GRACE has an end?

Hebrews 12 (KJV) ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ ¹⁶ Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. ¹⁷ For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited ...
1
vote
1answer
21 views

When did Abraham go away from Haran?

I am trying to make a list of all persons in the Bible with all dates, but I struggled with one thing. What is Abraham's birthday? There are two versions I found out: Version A (According to Genesis ...
3
votes
2answers
70 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

Is Luke 15 intended as an argument for, against or to qualify the idea of irrecoverable apostasy?

In Hebrews 12, the author argues from the account of Jacob and Esau to warn against apostasy. He suggests that if one sells their inheritance as Esau did, then there is no way to get it back, because ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

Why the people thinks that the snakes are devils? [closed]

The Bible presents the devil as a serpent. This leads people to say, "All snakes are demons," but it is not right. So this led me to think: "In the first place: Why does the Bible ...
2
votes
1answer
31 views

Does this Hebrew verb in Genesis 28:22 indicate frequency?

The verb asar עָשַׂר(to take the tenth of, tithe, Strongs 6237) is used nine times in the OT, seven times in the Piel and two times in the Qal. My question is whether or not the use of this word in ...
2
votes
1answer
967 views

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?
7
votes
7answers
7k views

Why is Cain worried that someone will kill him? Were there many other people in earth?

And Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is too great to bear. Now that You have driven me this day from the soil I must hide from Your presence, I shall be a restless wanderer on the earth and ...
3
votes
1answer
53 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

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,...
0
votes
2answers
39 views

4 rivers of eden [closed]

A river is a division between two bodies of land by a body of water. If the rivers were divisions of land, that are most significant, what are they? So. By taking this test, I determined, - ...
2
votes
3answers
47 views

Why does Paul say circumcision is by the letter rather than from the patriarchs in Romans 2:29?

Romans 2:29 NASB 29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from It is clear circumcision was given to the ...
5
votes
2answers
158 views

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. ...
-7
votes
3answers
6k views

Was Abimelech a granny chaser?

Continuing the response to the meta call for contradiction. In Genesis Chapter 20 we find the following sister/wife story: And Abraham journeyed from there to the land of the Negev, and he settled ...
2
votes
2answers
36 views

Was Ruth barren like Sarai?

In Genesis 16:1-3 (NASB) we read that after 10 years Sarai have Hagar to Abram Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not borne him a child, but she had (B)an Egyptian slave woman whose name was Hagar. 2 So ...
-2
votes
0answers
44 views

Does Jacob's threefold use of Bethel point to a threefold nature of God which would later be understood as the Trinity?

After an encounter with God, Jacob uses the name "Bethel" to memorialize the occasion. This happens three times: 12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and ...
1
vote
0answers
33 views

What is the significance of the selective use of εἰμι in expressions of self identification in LXX-Genesis?

In his commentary of Exodus, Dennis Prager makes this statement: Hebrew does not have a word for the present tense of the verb "to be." In other words, there is no Hebrew word for "am&...
1
vote
2answers
136 views

What does it mean to 'work' and 'keep' the garden?

The words are also translated 'tend/cultivate/serve/dress' and 'guard/take care/watch over/preserve' וַיִּקַּ֛ח יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶת־הָֽאָדָ֑ם וַיַּנִּחֵ֣הוּ בְגַן־עֵ֔דֶן לְעָבְדָ֖הּ וּלְשָׁמְרָֽהּ׃ ...
6
votes
4answers
1k views

Is the God of Nahor the God of Abraham?

In Genesis 31:53, Laban sets up a boundary marker between his land and Jacob's and says: The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us. Apparently some ...
12
votes
5answers
2k views

In Genesis 20:13, why is elohim with a plural verb translated God rather than gods?

Genesis 20:13 (ESV) And when God caused me to wander… (WLC): ויהי כאשר התעו אתי אלהים Another question asked about the translation of אלהים (‘elohim) using the singular God. The answers indicated ...
9
votes
5answers
2k views

Against whom was the Tree of Life guarded after the fall of Adam and Eve?

We read this interesting account of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden at Gen 3:24 : He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword ...
4
votes
4answers
138 views

How could the earth form before the sun?

In the Bible it clearly states Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." and then in Genesis 1:16 "And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule ...

1
2 3 4 5
21