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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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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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Did God ever consider animals as suitable help for man in Genesis 2?

The passages in this question are all from Genesis 2. After creation God expresses how no suitable companion could be found for the man 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When Jesus states, πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι ἐγὼ εἰμί (John 8:58), is he speaking of the period when Abraham was called Abram?

After Jesus took action which resulted in a man blind from birth seeing, a controversy over the man's identity ensues. Near the end of the dispute the man responds to those who are interrogating him ...
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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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In Genesis 1:9 was the earth exposed or fabricated, ותראה?

“And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭ In English to say something “appeared” can give ...
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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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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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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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Why do Sarah and Abraham doubt they will have children in Genesis 17 and 18 when their forefathers conceived at older ages?

We are told in Genesis 21:5 that Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born. In Genesis 17:17 Abraham doubts that a child could be born to someone of 100 years old. But we are also told that Adam was 130 ...
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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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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 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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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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Is there a connection between 2 Cor 5:3 nakedness and Adam and Eve’s nakedness?

Paul in speaking of men, will in the coming age put on an outer covering “if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭ Adam an Eve were naked from the beginning ...
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What does “God said” mean in Gen. 1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24,26?

What does “God said” mean in Gen. 1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24,26? To ask what language God spoke during creation is absurd. God did not speak to a human before he created humans. What is the meaning of “God ...
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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 did God provide a ram instead of a lamb when Abraham attempted to sacrifice Isaac?

Genesis 22:7b “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the ...
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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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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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garden of Eden = garden of the Lord = garden of God?

Genesis 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, where He placed the man He had formed. Genesis 13:10 New International Version Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of ...
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Is Assyria more beautiful than the tree of life?

Ezekiel 31 3 Consider Assyria, once a cedar in Lebanon, with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest; it towered on high, its top above the thick foliage. Ezekiel compares Assyria to a cedar ...
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Does the equivalent of bene ha elohim in Gen. 6:2,4; Job 2:1 ever refer to Believers in the NT?

Does the equivalent of bene ha elohim (בְנֵי־הָֽאֱלֹהִים֙) in Gen. 6:2,4; Job 2:1 ever refer to Believers in the NT? When we are born of the Spirit, do we become bene ha elohim, a new creation?
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In Genesis 1:1 (a), are there any Hebrew articles?

אֱלֹהִ֑ים .... בָּרָ֣א ... בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית In the beginning ... created ... God In the Greek text of John 1:1, ('In the beginning' ... 'with God') there is no article with 'beginning' (arche) but there ...
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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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Why does Genesis 6:2 describe sons of God and daughters of humans in this way?

In Genesis 6:2 (NIV), it seems as if the sons of God aren't human... Gen 6:2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Why is it ...
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What is the Source of translations discrepancy in Gen. 8:4

It looks like that in the Original Hebrew Gen 8:4, and in KJV for example, the date given is the seventeenth of the seventh month וַתָּנַח הַתֵּבָה בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי, בְּשִׁבְעָה-עָשָׂר יוֹם ...
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What evidence exists that confirms the view that the early Hebews held to a solid dome cosmology [duplicate]

It is often stated that the early Hebrews believed in a cosmology that differed greatly from what we believe today. For example, it is claimed that the Hebrews believed that the sky was a solid dome ...
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By what means or mechanism did Noah find חן favor/grace in Genesis 6:8?

It states that Noah found חן which is either translated in English as favor or grace, how did Noah find it? By extension how can we find it? “But Noah found favor/grace in the eyes of the Lord.” ‭‭...
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What are the two lights in Genesis?

Genesis 1:16 (KJV): And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. The sun obviously has its own permeating light. ...
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With regards to the word all, to what does it apply in Exodus 20:11

“For in six days the Lord made heavens and earth, the seas, and all כל that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭20:11‬ ...
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Is this a valid interpretation of Genesis 1:1-3?

The following is my interpretation of Genesis 1:1-3 but I would appreciate feedback if it is a valid interpretation. Gen 1:1 "...God created the heavens and the earth" meaning that before ...
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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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Why didn't God say to woman/Eve/Chava for what sin/sins she is judged?

In Genesis 3, we read that when God gave the judgement, HE said to the serpent and Adam in a manner such as "because you did such and such, so it shall be……" but to the woman, He didn't call ...
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What is the meaning and significance of Jacob prevailed on God?

ESV Genesis 32:24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s ...
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In Genesis 36:5, the name of Aholibamah's son is in the ms twice but only rendered once in all the translations I have checked. Why?

When I put the name in a translator, it comes out "Yiddish Yeush." Most translations just say "Yeush." There are also brackets around the first word of the name and parentheses ...
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Should it read גִלְעָד or גַלְעֵד?

Genesis 31:47-48 reads as follows: וַיִּקְרָא-לוֹ לָבָן, יְגַר שָׂהֲדוּתָא; וְיַעֲקֹב, קָרָא לוֹ גַּלְעֵד. מח וַיֹּאמֶר לָבָן, הַגַּל הַזֶּה עֵד בֵּינִי וּבֵינְךָ הַיּוֹם; עַל-כֵּן קָרָא-שְׁמוֹ, ...
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Why does Genesis 3 use male pronouns for Eve?

I came across some interesting observations of Genesis 3 recently: Genesis 3:12, "And the adam said , 'the woman whom you gave with me, HE gave [3fs] to me from the tree and I ate'" Genesis ...
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In Genesis 2:21-22, KJV, why was Eve taken out of man (Adam), and not formed from the dust of the ground?

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he ...
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Did genesis say the sky is made of water?

Genesis 1:6-8 Then God said, “Let there be a [c]firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were ...
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Why does the punishment of him who kills Cain seem more severe in Genesis 4:15:

Genesis 4:10 NIV 10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to ...
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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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Did God intend to only “Join” man to his wife - physically or spiritually?

We first learn that "YHVH Elohim" (יְהֹוָ֨ה אֱלֹהִ֧ים) brought Ishah to Ha-Adam, and-"joined" (וְ-דָבַ֣ק) the man to his wife in Bereishit / Genesis 2:22-24. * Later during the ...
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What is the meaning of the Hebrew word Israel - Struggle or Prince? Any scholarly resources on this? cf. Genesis 32:28

The Hebrew word Israel gets translated Struggle and Prince i.e. Gen 32:28. Are there any good scholarly resources that can help clarify which meaning is more accurate?
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Does Psalm 73:24 allude to eternal life?

Psalm 73:24 New International Version You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. What is the meaning of glory here? Note the parallelism with Genesis 5:24 Enoch ...

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