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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 take five men to the Pharaoh?

In Genesis 47:2 (NASB) And he took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh. Why would Joseph take five men?
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In Daniel 12,6-7, is there some significance to the man being “above the waters”?

[Dan 12:6-7 NASB] (6) And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long [will it be] until the end of [these] wonders?" (7) I heard the man dressed ...
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Reason for using 66 and then 70

In Genesis 46:26 (NASB) All the people belonging to Jacob, who came to Egypt, his direct descendants, not including the wives of Jacob’s sons, were sixty-six persons in all, The next verse, Genesis ...
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Jacob blessing Pharaoh twice

So in this very short exchange between Jacob and Pharaoh, I'm just simply curious about what is meant by this word blessed. Should I interpret this as just a courteous greeting or take it as Jacob ...
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Why did the Egyptians view shepherds as detestable and why did they refuse to eat with the Hebrews?

Why would the Egyptians refuse to eat with the Hebrew people? The first mention of this is in Genesis 43:32 when Joseph’s brothers first come to Egypt. The Egyptians could not eat with Joseph (a ...
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Could God be ok with some types of divination?

In Genesis 44:5 (NASB) Is this not that from which my lord drinks, and which he indeed uses for divination? (...) and in Genesis 44:15 (NASB) Joseph said to them, “What is this thing that you have ...
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Why does mizpah signify an emotional bond?

In Genesis 31: 48 Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” That is why it was called Galeed. 49 It was also called Mizpah because he said, “May the Lord keep watch between you ...
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Did God begin creation by speaking the word light twice?

Creation begins by God speaking: And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3) [ESV] ויאמר אלהים יהי אור ויהי-אור The ESV translation shows God's spoken words are only the ...
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Was Joseph sold to Potiphar by Midianites or Ishmaelites?

In Genesis 37:36 (NASB) Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard. In Genesis 39:1 (NASB) Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; 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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Where is Goshen?

In Genesis 45:10 (NASB) For you shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me (...) Where is Goshen?
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Could they go to Egypt and back twice during that perceived timespan?

In Genesis 43:10 (NASB) For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice. Does this make sense to be interpreted literally?
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Why did Joseph's brothers say that they were questioned by Joseph as mentioned in Genesis 43:7?

Genesis 43:7 They replied, “The man questioned us carefully about ourselves and our kindred, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ When were these questions asked? I ...
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Isaac blessing Jacob twice

In Genesis 27:23 (NASB) And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. In Genesis 27:25 (NASB) So he said, “Bring it to me, and I will ...
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Did Reuben only have two sons in Genesis 42?

In Genesis 42:37 (NASB) Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my care, and I will return him to you.” In Genesis 46:...
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What made Er evil in the sight of the Lord?

In response to this question asked by JonEricson. Genesis 38:6-11 (NJPS): Judah got a wife for Er his first-born; her name was Tamar. But Er, Judah’s first-born, was displeasing to the Lord, and ...
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“the people of all the earth” going to Egypt [duplicate]

In Genesis 41:57 (NASB) Then the people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the earth. Is this to be interpreted literally?
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Who was Pharaoh in Joseph's time?

In Genesis 40:2 Pharaoh was furious with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. Who was the Pharaoh? Note: similar question was asked about the Pharaoh of Ezekiel's time and an ...
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Who were Esau's wives?

In Genesis 26:34-35 (NASB) When Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35 and they brought grief to Isaac and ...
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Did Genesis 36 happen before Genesis 32?

In Genesis 36:6-8 (NASB) 6 Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all his household, and his livestock and all his cattle, and all his property which he had acquired in the land of ...
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Oak near Shechem vs Oak of Moreh

In Genesis 35:4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which they had and the rings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem. Is this tree the referenced in ...
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Revelation 12:7 and there was war in heaven, is this before the creation Gen. 1:1 or is it in between Gen.1:1 and Gen. 1:2?

Revelation 12:7 "And there was war in heaven". I am trying to understand if the war is before creation. Gen. 1:1 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." I know ...
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Jacob's household had idols

In Genesis 35:2-3 2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Remove the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments; 3 and let’s arise and go ...
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Is “journeyed on” meaning a “short trip with intention to come back”?

In Genesis 35:1 (NASB) Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” Then in Genesis 35:...
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How can one go from Bethel to Luz?

In Genesis 28:19 Then he named that place Bethel; but previously the name of the city had been Luz. in Genesis 35:6 So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and ...
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Did Jacob have more than one daughter?

I thought Jacob had 13 children, being Benjamin the last one. By Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Essachar, Zebulun and Dinah Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali Zilpah: Gad and ...
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In Genesis 11:1, what is the difference in Hebrew between the word “language” and the word “speech”?

Genesis 11:1 (KJV): And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. The English translation seems to be redundant here, ie language and speech. In doing some prelim research into ...
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Why does Bethuel seem to disappear after verse 50 in Genesis 24?

Bethuel seems strangely absent in Genesis 24. First, Rebekah "ran and told her mother’s household about these things" (Gen 24:28). Then, Laban is the one who ran out to meet Abraham's ...
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Link(s) between Jesus' Prodigal Son parable and Esau & Jacob's reunion story?

In Genesis 33:4 (NKJV): "But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept." In Luke 15:20 (NKJV): "But when he was still a great way off, ...
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Jacob's “eleven children”?

In Genesis 32:22 (NASB) Now he got up that same night and took his two wives, his two female slaves, and his eleven children, and crossed the shallow place of the Jabbok. By stating "his eleven ...
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Does Hamor in Genesis 34:3 have double-meaning?

In Genesis 34:2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. the term "of Hamor" comes from H2544 / Chamowr ...
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Is the blessing of the father included in the birthright?

In Genesis 25:29-34 we read that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob. Later, in Genesis 27, we see that Jacob has to plot with Rebekah in order to get that blessing. So, it appears as if Jacob was aware ...
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In Genesis 24:2 why did Abraham have his servant make his oath under his “thigh”?

There is an old question on Christianity.SE which I suggested that it should also be asked here - since we don't migrate OLD questions. In doing so, I noticed that the OP hasn't been really active ...
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Genesis 1:3, Did God Make Light?

I'm trying to read Genesis 1 very closely and I'm noticing a thing about Genesis 1:3. God says יהי אור. Then it just says "and there was light." The form of "to be" (היה) here ...
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Did God give an oath to Isaac as alluded in Psalms 105:8-10?

PSALMS 105:8-10 niv 8 He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, 9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. 10 He confirmed it to Jacob ...
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Abraham have 2 sons or only one? [duplicate]

The question is clear. Genesis 16:15. And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. Genesis 21:1-3. And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord ...
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Do Genesis 20 and 26 refer to the same Abimelech?

In Genesis 26:1 Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines. Is this the ...
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Who was Abraham's servant that went on the quest to find a wife for Isaac?

In Genesis 24:2 Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household who was in charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh, Who was this servant?
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Did God ever consider animals as suitable help for man in Genesis 2?

After creation God expresses how no suitable companion could be found for the man 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” God brings the ...
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Hiding the truth or statement of your faith?

In Genesis 22:5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the boy will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” Was Abraham hiding the truth or is it an ...
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In 1 Corinthians 7:8, is Paul intentionally undoing Genesis 2:18?

1 Corinthians 7:8 (NIV): Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. Genesis 2:18 (NIV): The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I ...
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When Jesus states, πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι ἐγὼ εἰμί (John 8:58), is he speaking of the period when Abraham was called Abram?

After Jesus took action which resulted in a man blind from birth seeing, a controversy over the man's identity ensues. Near the end of the dispute the man responds to those who are interrogating him ...
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Was God's sign in His covenant with Noah something other than a rainbow?

13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my ...
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Is Zoar like Sodom?

In the following passage in Genesis 19:2-3 i marked a specific part 2 And he said, “Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant’s house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then ...
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What is the difference between of Genesis 1:24 and Genesis 2:19?

In Genesis 1:24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind....
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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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Lot's sons-in-law reaction

From that part I've marked in Genesis 19:14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, and said, “Up, get out of this place, for the Lord is destroying the city.” ...
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What and/or where is the smooth part of the neck?

“And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭27:16‬ ‭ Where is this smooth or sometimes translated slippery חלקת part of the neck? Some ...
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In Genesis 1:9 was the earth exposed or fabricated, ותראה?

“And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭ In English to say something “appeared” can give ...
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Do Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 point to the same identical beginning?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. As an aside, the Chinese translation ...

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