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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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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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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 ...
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Why did the people at the Tower of Babel not want to go to other parts of the world?

Genesis 11:4 English Standard Version Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the ...
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Did Abraham and Lot recognize their visitors as supernatural beings when they first saw them?

Abraham welcomed three visitors in Genesis 18 NIV 1 Then the LORD appeared to Abraham by the Oaks of Mamre in the heat of the day, while he was sitting at the entrance of his tent. 2And Abraham ...
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Does the Latin Vulgate propagate a translation error in Genesis 3:15?

There are a few translation of Genesis 3:15 which reference the one who will crush the serpent's head using the feminine pronoun 'she'. For example, the Douay-Rheims Bible renders the verse as: “I ...
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What happened to the fish during the flood?

Genesis 7:21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22Everything on dry land that had the breath ...
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To which extent Torah laws were known before Sinai?

After reading Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy a question arises. For instance, in Genesis 32:33 (NASB) Therefore, to this day the sons of Israel do not eat the tendon of the hip ...
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Did Egypt have prisons not belonging to the Pharaoh?

“And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭39:20‬ ‭ Was it possible that Joseph could have ...
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Adam and Eve's nakedness, Noah's nakedness. Coincidence?

God made the perfect garden of Eden uncorrupted. Adam and Eve did something wrong by eating the forbidden fruit. Then, they realized that they were naked. Genesis 3:7a Then the eyes of both of them ...
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Smoking oven and a flaming torch [duplicate]

In Genesis 15:17 (NASB) Now it came about, when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, a smoking oven and a flaming torch appeared which passed between these pieces. Please explain the ...
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Why did Joseph ask the household of Pharaoh to speak to Pharaoh on his behalf in Genesis 50?

In Genesis 50:4-5 (ESV): And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the ears of Pharaoh,...
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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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What is the significance of the “horror of great darkness” in Gen 15.12?

Genesis 15.12: "And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him." (KJV) Is this similar to the plague of darkness in Ex 10....
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Does God speak in poetry in Genesis 1?

I am learning to read and speak Hebrew with the goal of being able to read the Torah, and am reading Genesis 1 (https://biblehub.com/interlinear/genesis/1.htm). I am reading in Hebrew what God is ...
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Why didn't Esau try to kill Jacob?

This is a question about the intention/actions of Esau in Genesis 33. We know Esau wanted to kill Jacob. See How did Rebekah know that Esau was planning to kill his brother in Genesis 27:42? Some ...
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What's the significance of the number 70?

In Exodus 24:1 (NASB) Then He said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and you shall worship at a distance. This triggered Genesis 46:...
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Does מֹ֥ות תָּמֽוּת׃ mean spiritual death in Genesis 2:17?

Genesis 2:17 New International Version but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die." Literal Standard Version but from ...
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Do we have a Father of all living things, if yes what’s Adam’s role and the meaning of this scripture

Genesis 3:20 KJV [20] And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
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Is Jacob demonstrating a lack of trust in God?

Genesis 32:9-21 Jacob prayed and asked God to remember His promise; but then Jacob sends gifts saying he would win Esau over with the gifts, as we can see in Genesis 32:20 (NLT) (...) Jacob thought, “...
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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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Does the Bible say the earth was created in six 24 hour days?

Genesis 1:5 says that God ended the first creative day with the expression, "the evening and morning were the first day". Each successive day ends with the same expression. Does this ...
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What is a blessing?

In Genesis 47 (KJV) we read 7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And a while after 10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before ...
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Where is the threshing floor of Atad?

In Genesis 50:10 (NASB) When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they mourned there with a very great and sorrowful lamentation; and he observed seven days of ...
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Zebulun's territory isn't at the seashore

In Genesis 49:13 (NASB) “Zebulun will reside at the seashore; And he shall be a harbor for ships, And his flank shall be toward Sidon. In Joshua 19:10-16 (NASB) 10 Now the third lot came up for the ...
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Did Joseph have other children?

In Genesis 48:6 (NASB) But your children that you have fathered after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the names of their brothers in their inheritance. Did Joseph have other children ...
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Does God show favoritism?

Acts 10:34 Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism Genesis 18 1The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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“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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