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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 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 [...
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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?
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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" ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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,...
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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, - ...
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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 ...
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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׃ ...
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Did Jacob tithe regularly? [closed]

Genesis 28:20Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21so that I return safely to my ...
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If human beings were created perfect in Genesis, then why is it necessary to change our natural bodies into spiritual/angelic bodies?

1 Corinthians 15:40-46 (ESV) reveals the mystery of the natural and heavenly/spiritual bodies, and that human beings will be granted the latter at the resurrection: 40 There are heavenly bodies and ...
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Are there Hebrew linguistic connections between the images of the Flood’s Ark and Moses’s Ark

I previously asked a similar question in this site, about connections between the imagery in the Creation and the Flood stories in Genesis. Now I would like to know if anyone who can access the ...
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Are there Hebrew linguistic connections between the images of Creation and the Flood

I have notices that there are several images within the bible that keep repeating, yet in a somewhat altered state. To begin, let us compare the first image of the Spirit hovering over the water in ...
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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 ...
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Why does the Bible put the evening before the morning at the end of each day that God worked in Genesis chapter one?

Each day that God worked in Creation in Genesis chapter one concludes with the words, "And the evening and the morning were the [1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th] day." Day as we know it, begins ...
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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&...
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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 ...
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Multiple questions about light in the bible [closed]

I only just recently started studying other religons, I'll explain my question more. In Genesis 1:3 "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." My question is what is this light ...
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Meaning of tzachak/Yitzchak in Genesis 21:3,6

וַיִּקְרָ֨א אַבְרָהָ֜ם אֶֽת־שֶׁם־בְּנ֧וֹ הַנּֽוֹלַד־ל֛וֹ אֲשֶׁר־יָלְדָה־לּ֥וֹ שָׂרָ֖ה יִצְחָֽק" 3 ‏וַתֹּ֣אמֶר שָׂרָ֔ה צְחֹ֕ק עָ֥שָׂה לִ֖י אֱלֹהִ֑ים כָּל־הַשֹּׁמֵ֖עַ יִֽצְחַק־לִֽי" 6 "...
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Who is Jacob asking to bless Joseph?

This question is prompted by some downvoting I received in another response. I have my own answer, but am curious as to how this will be answered/interpreted by others - maybe testing mine? The ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 15:49 show we are not currently in God’s image?

We know from Genesis that we are created in God's image. Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness" Genesis 1:27: So God created mankind in his ...
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How did the Hittites know that Abraham was chosen by God?

Genesis 23 1 Now Sarah lived to be 127 years old. 2 She died in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went out to mourn and to weep for her. 3 Then Abraham got up from ...
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Asher in Genesis and Numbers

In Genesis 46:17 (NASB) And the sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, and their sister Serah. (...) In Numbers 26:44 (NASB) The sons of Asher by their families: of Imnah, the family of the ...
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Becher in Genesis and Numbers

In Genesis 46:21 (NASB) And the sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard. In Numbers 26:35 (NASB) These are the sons of Ephraim by their families: of ...
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how did Rebekah inquire of the Lord?

Genesis 25:21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22The babies jostled each other within her, ...
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Was a young goat a reasonable price for the service of a prostitute?

Genesis 38:15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. 16 Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, “Come ...
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Does Rachel's wrestling with Leah have any bearing on Jacob's wrestling with God?

Genesis 30:8 Then Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister and have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali. Genesis 32:28 The man said, "From now on, your name ...
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Gen 1:16, “ … and the stars”

Among the literal translations of Gen 1:16 we have three forms typified by: NASB: God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made ...
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Was Genesis 41:49 literally true?

Genesis 41:49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure. Did they have trouble recording the ...
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How did Pharaoh find out that Sarai was Abram's wife?

Genesis 12:14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. ...
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Why did Adam think that he was still naked in Genesis 3:10?

Adam and Eve thought that they were naked after having eaten the forbidden fruit. Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves ...
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Is Korah the son of Adah or Aholibamah?

Gen. 36:14 says that Aholibamah, Esau's third wife, had a son named Korah: And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife: and she bare to Esau Jeush, ...
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What is the significance of Abraham's obtaining a burial site from the Hittites?

Why didn't Abraham just bury Sarah somewhere in the wilderness outside of the Hittite territory? Genesis 23:16 Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the ...
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Abraham sent his chief servant to fetch a wife for Issac. Why was his name not recorded?

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭15:2 “But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 9 chapters and some decades later, Abraham wants to ...

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