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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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What is significant about Genesis 19:4 mentioning all?

“But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭19:4‬ ‭ What can be deduced and is therefore ...
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Was Benjamin born before or after Joseph was sold into slavery?

Genesis 35:16-18 NIV 16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 17 And as she was having great difficulty ...
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Did Isaac die before Joseph was sold to the Midianites?

Genesis 35:27-29 NIV 27 Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. 28 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years. 29 Then he ...
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Why was Haran the name of both a person and a place?

Genesis 11:31: Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson... and they went forth together... but when they came to Haran, they settled there. Is there any significance to this ...
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Did Nahor marry his niece, or is the text implying that it was a "different Haran"?

Closely related: Who is Iscah in Genesis? Genesis 11:27, 29: ...Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot... And Abram and Nahor took wives... the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, ...
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Was the earth being divided referring to the Tower of Babel? [duplicate]

This is very loosely related to my previous question on the same text. Genesis 10:25: To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother'...
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When was the earth divided - during Peleg's days or during Eber's days?

Genesis 10:25: To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother's name was Joktan. Is "his" referring to Eber or Peleg in ...
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What does Chuwa mean?

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. Gen 4:1 Alive/life = חי (chai). .... = חוה (chuwa) ?
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Does "the six hundredth year of Noah’s life" (Gen 7:11) mean the year during which Noah was 599 years old?

Background In English and most other languages, positively including Spanish, the year that elapses between the birth and the first birthday of a person, say Noah, during which he is [0 years and] n ...
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Were their eyes opened simultaneously in Genesis 3:7?

Genesis 3:6, 7 NIV 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to ...
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Did evil exist at the time of Genesis 3:5?

Genesis 3:5 New International Version "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Did evil exist at the time that ...
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Who are the "twelve princes" mentioned in Genesis 17:20? Are they the twelve imams of Islam?

I was reading the Book of Genesis chapter 17 verse 20: "As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve ...
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More cunning? Was the serpent really more cunning?

The direct translation of Gen 3:1 is that the serpent was cunning out of the living of the field. The word for 'beast' in our English Bibles is the Hebrew word for 'living'. The word for 'more' is ...
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Who was Melchizedek?

In Genesis 14:17-20 we read that Abram met with Melchizedek. Then, we only find Melchizedek mentioned again in Psalms 110:4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after ...
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Does Joseph (in Genesis) prefigure Christ? (esp. Gen. 37:18-35)

It seems Joseph may prefigure Christ, especially when we consider that his own brothers (Israelites) betrayed him, selling him as a slave: Genesis 37:28: "Then some Midianite traders passed by, ...
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Who is 'us', that Yahweh said to 'behold' men has become like us

During the creation account it only says that אלהים created the heavens and the earth, it is not until Genesis 2:4 that it is stated that it was יהוה, the אלהים who did it. ברא' 2:4: "אֵ֣לֶּה ...
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What can we know about Satan based on Genesis 3?

There are certainly other passages that refer to this malevolent being (Job 1:6, 2:1, Revelation 12:7-9). But what do we really know of him? Since he cannot be eternal, when might he have been created,...
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Is removal from the Tree of Life in Gen. 3:22 Adam and Eve's death?

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” (Gen. 3:22, ...
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Genesis 3:5 - 'as God' or 'as gods'?

The KJV states : ... shall be as gods, knowing good and evil [Genesis 3:5] Young's Literal states : ... as God, knowing good and evil [Genesis 3:5] Biblehub states that the participle 'knowing' is ...
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At Genesis 17;1-2 God Almighty appears to Abraham and says He will multiply him exceedingly. How did God appear, in a dream, vision or physically? [duplicate]

Perhaps someone knows of another way of God appearing to Abraham and that's fine. Whatever answer you give please back it up by Scripture. I will do the same by answering my own question.
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I’ve been researching upon Acrostic YHWH examples in the Hebrew Bible. Could they be useful in analyzing textual anomalies regarding, spelling? [closed]

I'm looking for a reference regarding the Acrostics of the Tetragrammaton to be found in the Hebrew Bible. Most seem only to know of those where the beginning letters of four consecutive words spell “...
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What is the significance that Israel gave Joseph a robe of פַּסִּֽים?

Genesis 37:3 Berean Study Bible Now Israel loved Joseph more than his other sons, because Joseph had been born to him in his old age; so he made him a robe of many colors. of many colors. פַּסִּֽים׃ ...
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According to Hebrews 6:13-16 God swears by Himself an oath to Abraham, but at Genesis 22:15-16 why does it say the angel of the Lord swore the oath?

According to "The Jewish Encyclopedia," it describes the "Jewish Law of Agency." The Law of Agency deals with the status of a person (known as the agent) acting by direction of ...
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Do the passages in Genesis 4:7 and 1 Peter 5:8-9 suggest Satan can manipulate our thoughts?

In these two verse we are told that "sin in crouching at the door" and "the Devil prowls like a roaring lion": Genesis 4:7: "If you do well, will not your countenance be ...
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Was Abraham justified by faith alone or works also?

In Romans 4:3 Paul says “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”. Later in Romand 4:10 he establishes that since the faith came before circumcision, the circumcision was a ...
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Do spiritual beings come to people in a dream or are they projected into the mind's capability to imagine?

All passages in RSV (Revised Standard Version). But God came to Abim′elech in a dream by night, and said to him (...) Genesis 20:3 Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ...
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The use of "Justified" in Genesis and by Paul

Gen 15:6 BSB Abram believed the LORD, and it was credited to him as righteousness. b (Compare) Rom 4:3 BSB For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as ...
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Is Psalm 2 referencing the Tower of Babel?

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst ...
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Does anything in the Hebrew text of Genesis 34:2-7 suggest that Shechem's actions against were less severe than Amnon's in2 Samuel 13:11-16?

I am not trying to be insensitive but I was trying to compare nature of the sexual violations of Dinah against those of King David's daughter, Tamar. Please do Not misunderstand me. Sexual ...
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Why did the angel tell Hagar to return to her mistress after being illtreated in Genesis 16?

After being mistreated by her mistress Sarah the slave woman Hagar escapes to Beer-lahai roi which is between Kadesh and Bered Genessis 16:6 NASB 6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Look, your slave woman is ...
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Are only Males (Men) made in the image of God and not Women?

I saw in a comment someone say God created men (human males) in His image, but not women in His image (although He did create women), and He gave men not women dominion. That statement got several ...
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When God created Adam and Eve and the covenant of marriage between the two, did He already have the marriage between Christ and the Church in mind? [closed]

The union between man and woman, which we currently understand as the covenant of marriage, was part of God's original plan for His creation according to Genesis 2: 20 The man gave names to all ...
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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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Does physical birth in amniotic fluid parallel the spiritual rebirth of John 3:4-5? [closed]

In John's Gospel we read: John 3:4-5: "Nicodemus said to Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?' Jesus answered, '...
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Are two words for “God” used in Gen1:26 & 27

As a bonus, point me to where I can easily look and answer such questions myself. I did look some for an answer. Ive heard Yahweh and Elohim are both used in OT. Is this the case in Gen 1:26 and 27, ...
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Did God make a covenant with Abraham whilst he was in a deep sleep in Genesis 15:21?

It is said Abraham fell into a deep sleep then God began to speak to him which subsequently led to the making of a covenant Genesis 15"12 NASB - Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep ...
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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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When was the serpent cast out of Eden?

When Adam and Eve had ate the fruit they were subsequently cast out of Eden(garden) Genesis 3:23 Ttherefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was ...
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Why were the innocent destroyed together with the wicked in Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:24?

Genesis 19:24 NIV 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those ...
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Who is the offspring of the Nachash in Genesis 3:15?

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭ Who is the offspring/seed ...
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What if Genesis 15:6 is translated incorrectly?

UPDATE: Adding the word I forgot to mention - it doesn't change the context of the passage and who is being accounted just (or righteous) I had this thought looking at the context and looking at the ...
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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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Are humans made of body + spirit or body + soul + spirit? Genesis 2:7 & Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 vs 1 Thessalonians 5:23 [closed]

Genesis 2:7 gives the idea that a human being is the combination of a physical body (from dust) and a spirit (God's breath of life): 7 then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and ...
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Could the "Echad" of Eloheinu ever become less than "Echad" like man & woman in [Genesis 2:24, Mark 12:25]? [closed]

When "Echad" is associated with the act of marriage in [Genesis 2:24], the אִ֔ישׁ Ish | "man" binds to אִשָּׁ֔ה Ishah | "woman" creating momentarily אֶחָֽד "Echad&...
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Did Jacob wrestle with a person of the Godhead?

Please note that I am not arguing for or against the doctrine of trinity. I merely assume its definition without approval or disapproval. This is NOT a question on trinity. If you have trouble ...
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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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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 (Gen. 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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