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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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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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Is there a correlation between Genesis 35:4 and Genesis 35:8? If so, what is the spiritual meaning behind it?

And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. (Genesis 35:4 KJV) But ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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Is “grown to love” a reasonable understanding of אהבת in Genesis 22:2?

One of the more perplexing statements in Genesis is God saying Isaac is Abraham's only son: 1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “...
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Genesis 17:24 and 17:26 — Who circumcised Abraham?

In Genesis 17, it is written, 24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26 That very same day Abraham was circumcised, and his son Ishmael; NKJV, ©...
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In Genesis 21:12, what does “through Isaac your offspring will be reckoned?” mean?

In Genesis 21:12, God tells Abraham: Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. Abraham seems to think of Ishmael as a potential heir of ...
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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 ...
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Does the LXX translate חוללתי as γεννάω to create an allusion to Genesis 4?

In various places Proverbs personifies Wisdom as a woman. In one she deviates from teaching to speak about herself. She starts by announcing her "קָנָה" at the beginning: 22 “The Lord possessed me ...
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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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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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Why the conjunction from Genesis 1:2 onwards?

It seems that some choose to read into the text of Genesis 1 a title and also claim that day 1 begins in v3. Why would the text go through the trouble of connecting all the “verses” that follow to the ...
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Owlam in Gen:6:4

I have looked at the Stack Exchange comments on Genesis 6:4 but have not found the following opinion expressed. Could someone schooled in Hebrew please comment on my use of the word "Owlam" (Strong's ...
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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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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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Who is said to have the tent behind him in Genesis 18:10?

Genesis 18:9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife ...
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Understanding “leader of” term in Genesis

I'm trying to outline biblical geneology starting from page 1 as a personal project. Since I don't know what's going to be important until the end of the project, I'm trying to take notes on some ...
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Why did it take Noah this long to have children in Genesis 5:32:?

Genesis 5:32 NIV 32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth. All Noah's ancestors had children when they were around one hundred years but when it came to him it is ...
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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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Would God destroy an innocent nation in Gen 20:4?

Genesis 20:1 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my ...
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Genesis 48:12 - Is having someone on your knees the same as having them sitting on your lap?

I was wondering if having someone on your knees is to be understood as having them sitting on your lap. It seems weird to me that Ephraim and Manasseh would sit on Jacob's lap when they were around 17 ...
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Is the reference to “a name that doesn't disappear” in Isaiah 66:22 an allusion, in contrast to Genesis 11:4?

Is the reference to "a name that doesn't disappear" in Isaiah 66:22 an allusion, in contrast to Genesis 11:4? What does it promise to new covenant believers?: [Gen 11:4 NIV] (4) Then they ...
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A question about the word 'bone' in Genesis 2:23

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Genesis 2:23 KJV. I am new at this so please be patient. I wondered ...
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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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How did Adam know that Eve had been formed out of his rib/bone in Genesis 2:23?

It is said God caused the Adam to fall into a deep sleep and during that time God formed Eve out of Adam's rib/bone . 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was ...
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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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Why did God give words for things in Genesis?

In Genesis 1:10, 1:5, and 1:8, why did God give words for things if he knew humans would have languages that would have their own words for the day, night, sky, seas, and earth? All verses from NIV ...
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Who were before and afterwards, the mighty men or the sons of God? Genesis 6:4

What I am not asking I am not asking who the giants are, nor, who the sons of God are. Nor am I asking what the event was that marks the before and afterwards. Question In view of this passage “There ...
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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. ...
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(John 15:22) No sin without Jesus?

I am really scratching my head on this verse. John 15:22, “If I [Jesus] had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.” It seems from the ...
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By Genesis 1:9 .and Genesis 1:10.Don't we have separation of the water into (e.g.) particular oceans and/or rivers?

In Genesis, it is said in the early days or at the time of creation When Gd created or was creating the world he ordered the appearance of land on one side and water (all in one) on the other. Does ...
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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 ...