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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hiding the truth or statement of your faith? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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Was Isaac aware that Jacob was fleeing Esau?

It seems only the mother was aware of the threat that Esau had issued Genesis 27:42 NIV 42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “...
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Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. How in verse 2 was the earth without form?

How can this be if? Our God is perfect in all His way, how then did this formless and wasted earth get like this?
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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 ...
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Reuben lay with Bilhah. Did Naphtali too?

Genesis 35:22 states that Reuben lay with Bilhah: It came about while Israel was dwelling in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine, and Israel heard of it. (NASB) ...
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What is the difference between “eretz” and “sadeh” in Gen 2:5?

What is the difference between "eretz" and "sadeh" in the first chapters of Genesis ? for example Gen 2:5?
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What is the significance of the parallels between Jacob and Moses?

Both have to flee their homes after they do something wrong and have people who want to kill them - see Genesis 27 & Exodus 2 Both then end up at wells in foreign lands, and help women when ...
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Same term used for Noah's ark and Moses's basket

In Genesis 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. The term used for "an ark" is tebah. This term is also ...
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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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In Genesis 49:10 what is the “Time of Shiloh”?

Besides the Biblical-era city what is "Shiloh", is the time of Shiloh yet to happen? Is Shiloh a person, battle or other event? It seems to have a connection with Genesis 49:10: The sceptre shall ...
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Why did Noah Curse Canaan and not Ham?

Genesis 9:20-27 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw ...
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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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Is Noah's curse of Canaan a prophecy the LORD would become, or take on the form of a servant?

As a result of Ham's actions, Noah pronounced a curse on his grandson, Ham's fourth son: When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a ...
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What was the reason for Tamar and Judah's story?

Genesis CH 38 - Tamar is the widow of Judah's first son. God saw how wicked Judah's first two son were and put them to death. Then Judah was scared of giving his youngest son to Tamar because his fate ...
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How were the lights in the firmament of the heavens be for signs? [duplicate]

How were the lights in the firmament of the heavens to be for signs as recorded in Gen 1:14?
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Where are rivers Gihon and Pishon located, how can we identify them today?

Genesis 2:11-14: The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around ...
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Question about Tree of Life

My husband is convinced that Adam and Eve were commanded not to eat of EITHER tree of the garden... The tree of Knowledge And of The Tree of Life. My husband is convinced that they never ever ate of ...
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Why was it so important to Abraham that Isaac not go back to Abraham's homeland?

Genesis 24:1-9 (CSB): Abraham was now old, getting on in years, and the Lord had blessed him in everything. 2 Abraham said to his servant, the elder of his household who managed all he owned, “Place ...

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