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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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Does Genesis 2:5 say there was “no man to work the ground” or “no man for the ground to serve”?

I have found someone asserting that the Hebraic structure of Genesis 2:5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not ...
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Was Leah 'unloved' (Genesis 29:31)?

The Wycliffe (1382) Coverdale (1535) Matthews (1537) Great Bible (1539) Geneva Bible (1560) and Bishop's Bible (1568) all say 'despised' regarding Jacob's disposition towards the 'tender-eyed' woman ...
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How long did the wrestling last in Gen 32:24?

Genesis 32:22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over ...
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Did God honor Laban's divination in Genesis 30:27?

Genesis 30:27 But Laban said to him [Jacob], "If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the LORD [יְהוָ֖ה] has blessed me because of you." Why was ...
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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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How old was Sarai when she was in Egypt?

Genesis 12:11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “Look, I know that you are a beautiful woman, 12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they ...
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Was it a show of lack of faith in Abram in Gen 12:12?

Genesis 12:7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your offspring I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him. God promised Abram an offspring....
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Adam was created in the image of God but are we? [closed]

Genesis 5:3 NIV When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. Are we not born and created in the image and likeness of Adam?
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Did Leah have a physical defect in Genesis 29:17?

Genesis 29:17 NASB 17 And Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and [e]face. In other translations Leah's eyes are said to be tender Genesis 29:17 KJV 17 Leah was tender eyed; but ...
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‘Sin Crouching at the Door’ or ‘A Sin Offering at the Gate’ in Genesis 4:7

Young's Literal Translation Is there not, if thou dost well, acceptance? and if thou dost not well, at the opening a sin-offering is crouching, and unto thee its desire, and thou rulest over it.' ...
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Why is Seth said to be in likeness and image of his father in Genesis 5:3?

Genesis 5:3 NIV 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. Adam had other sons prior to Seth who were not said to be in his likeness ...
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Does the YLT translate Genesis 4:4 accurately?

ד וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם-הוּא מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ, וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן; וַיִּשַׁע יְהוָה, אֶל-הֶבֶל וְאֶל-מִנְחָתוֹ. Genesis 4:4 YLT 4 and Abel, he hath brought, he also, from the female firstlings of his flock,...
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Was Noah's allowed to eat unclean animals in Genesis 9:3?

Genesis 7:1 The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a ...
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What is the meaning of “yielding its crop” in Genesis 4:12 after the 1st murdered blood reaching the ground?

Genesis 3:17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat from it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; ...
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Genesis 25:27-34 , was Esau like a famished/hungry whining adolescent/teenager Or was he really Starving, and genuinely needed food?

Genesis 25:27-34 27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a [s]peaceful man, [t]living in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because [u]he had a taste ...
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What is the significance of good gold in Genesis 2:12?

In Genesis 1, God comments that his creation was good, one day at a time. Evil is first mentioned in Genesis 2:9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing ...
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nephesh chay (breath of life) vs neshamah chay (breath of life) vs chay nephesh (living being) in Genesis 2 [duplicate]

A related question is Are the three distinctive Hebrew terms, translated "breath of life," suggesting there was a different mankind at creation than there was at the flood?. Berean Study ...
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Can a soul exist without its spirit? [closed]

To engage in this question, you need to assume the tripartite nature of man. Arguing against that will be a different question which you are welcome to make by initiating a separate posting. Assuming ...
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Why in Gen 1:2 does God create an earth that is “without form and void” with darkness, when that is so different than God's character?

In 1Jn 1:5 tells us that "God is light and in him is no darkness at all". Yet this is darkness. When God creates he views it and says it is good. But this earth was without form (tohu which ...
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What's the significance between, “Let the WATERS bring…the moving creature” (Gn 1:20) and “Let the EARTH bring…the living creature” (Gn 1:24)?

הַמַּ֔יִם שֶׁ֖רֶץ נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֑ה (Gen 1:20) תֹּוצֵ֨א הָאָ֜רֶץ נֶ֤פֶשׁ חַיָּה֙ (Gen 1:24) I understand that fowls and fish come from the waters and that land animals come from the earth. It seems ...
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In James 2:23, does the use of the word “fulfilled” (ἐπληρώθη) suggest that Genesis 15:6 was a prophecy about the future (IE: Genesis 22:12)?

[Jas 2:20-26 NASB] (20) But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? (21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son ...
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Why Lot has to run from Zoar and go to cave [duplicate]

Now Lot went up out of Zoar and settled in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; so he lived in a cave with his two daughters. Genesis 19:30 NRSV If God had given him ...
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Why did Lot run from Zoar? [duplicate]

Now Lot went up out of Zoar and settled in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; so he lived in a cave with his two daughters. (Genesis 19:30 NRSV) If God had given him ...
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Image vs likeness in Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26 New International Version Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the ...
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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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Is Luke 15 intended as an argument for, against or to qualify the idea of irrecoverable apostasy?

In Hebrews 12, the author argues from the account of Jacob and Esau to warn against apostasy. He suggests that if one sells their inheritance as Esau did, then there is no way to get it back, because ...
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Could Adam's Rib be an extended metaphor for the womb? [closed]

I am curious from reading the mehanical translation of Genesis (Jeff A Benner,) if the rib taken from Adam could be interpreted as the womb, and any solid information which supports or contradicts. I ...
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Why doesn't the ESV mention Joseph pleading for his life?

Follow-up to: Why did Joseph's brothers talk about Joseph pleading for his life later? Genesis 42:21, NIV: They said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We ...
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Should we understand וְאֵ֖ת הַכּוֹכָבִֽים in genesis 1:16 to be an object over which the lesser light was to rule? [duplicate]

In Genesis 1:16b we find that God made two great luminaries, then in b part we find that the lesser light was to dominate or rule over the night which is followed by the waw conjunction and the ...
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What is the proper translation of Genesis 25:18?

Genesis 25:18 ESV 18 They settled from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite Egypt in the direction of Assyria. He settled[a] over against all his kinsmen Genesis 25:18 Darby Translation 18 And they ...
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Why did Joseph's brothers talk about Joseph pleading for his life later?

Related: Did Reuben believe that his brothers had killed Joseph? From Genesis 42:21-22: They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was ...
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Were the teraphim (household gods) Rachel stole from Laban like a deed to his property?

While there are several questions related to this occurrence in Gen. 31:19, none seem to mention this as even possible. It was also not mentioned in a resent commentary I read. That the teraphim ...
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Why does the Hebrew switch in Genesis 12:3 for the same English translated word curse?

Upon closer reading of the text in the Hebrew passage the same translated word in English to curse is actually two different words in the Hebrew with two different root meanings. What does each word ...
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Isaac's wells, Esau's marriage. Genesis

In Genesis 26 Isaac spends considerable time digging out the wells of Abraham and finally is allowed to keep a well he names Sheba or well of blessing. And he went ... to Beersheba ... and there ...
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GENESIS 4:3-4 - What type of offering? [closed]

There were various offerings throughout the Old Testament. In the book of Job, we see burnt offerings to cover ‘sins’. During the wilderness, these were defined. But, what type of offering were Cain ...
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Any connection between Genesis 1:2 and Psalm 42:7: deep calls to deep?

King James Bible Psalm Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. King James Bible ...
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(Genesis 4:5) Was Cain Angry? Hebrew

I'm reading through the Hebrew for Genesis 4. I am now really confused about what is happening when God does not gaze at Cain's offering and I was wondering if any of the Hebrew experts here can help....
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Why are the verbs in Jacob's vow (Genesis 28:20) translated so differently?

The NKJV and YLT differ so widely that I get a very different understanding of Jacob's vow. NKJV Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and ...
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What is the difference between the heavens (shamayim) in Genesis 1:1 and the heavens (shamayin) in Jeremiah 10:11?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. the heavens הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם (haš·šā·ma·yim) Article | Noun - masculine plural Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky Jeremiah 10:11 "...
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130 years Genesis 5:3

In Genesis 5:3, where Adam's age is stated as 130 years old, is there by chance any alternative, maybe gematria-type alternative meaning for 130? I don't mean a different age, but a word that 130 ...
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Is there a parallel between Luke 1:35 and Genesis 1:2?

NIV Luke 1:35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. NIV Genesis 1:2 Now ...
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Genesis 30:38,41, is the story of conceiving to be taken literally? [closed]

Genesis 30:38,41; (DRB): 38 And he put them in the troughs, where the water was poured out: that when the flocks should come to drink, they might have the rods before their eyes, and in the sight of ...
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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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(Genesis 1:31 - 2:1) Acrostic YHWH stamp at the end of day six

I was looking at the end of Genesis 1:31 and there was an odd bit of Hebrew text here.  Perhaps the Hebrew experts here could help?  Genesis 1:31 ends with "yom hash-sheh-shi". The hebrew is:...
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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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What does הרקיע mean in Genesis 1? [duplicate]

In Genesis 1, God divides the waters from the firmament (הרקיע) What does firmament mean? Does it simply mean sky, as in the blue dome of air above us?
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Why are the dreams in the Joseph narrative always in pairs?

There are, I believe, three sets of dreams in the Joseph narrative: Sheaves bowing, stars bowing in Genesis 37 Cupbearer's dream, baker's dream in Genesis 40 Pharaoh's dreams of cows and grain in ...
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What evidence is there for “sin crouching at your door” being likened to a “sexually aroused cat”?

In Jordan Peterson's Biblical Series lecture titled "Cain and Abel: The Hostile Brothers" he refers to Genesis 4:7: "...But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. It desires ...
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Genesis 5:2, grammatically, how does a plural pronoun refer to a singular noun?

Genesis 5:2 (DRB): He created them male and female; and blessed them: and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. How does the plural pronoun refer to singular noun (called ...

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