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Why does the Bible put the evening before the morning at the end of each day that God worked in Genesis chapter one?

In all societies, there must be a convention about when the cycle of the day begins such as: In most modern societies it is mid-night In some farming communities the start and end of the day is sun-...
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Is Genesis 1 a type of Hebrew Poem?

Not poetry, but Prologue Gordon J. Wenham notes in The Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 1: Genesis 1-15 on page 46 ...[Genesis 1:1–2:3] stands apart from the narratives that follow in style and content ...
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What did God Create Genesis 1:1 - Heavens or Heaven?

Actually, in Hebrew, nouns have three forms of number - singular, dual and plural. English only has singular and plural. [Side note: classical Greek had singular, dual and plural but by the time of ...
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God says He is the Redeemer and He created all things all alone and by Himself, then why is Jesus presented as the creator and Redeemer?

Not only that the Person of Logos, who after the historical incarnation/adoption of human nature, was also named Jesus Christ, existed before this historical incarnation, but He existed before all ...
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Does Bible cosmogony allow for the creation of other planets?

The Bible, in Jude vs 13 translates the Greek word 'planetes' as 'wandering stars'. It was known that these 'stars' wandered inexplicably but it was assumed that all celestial objects were stars and ...
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Is God male and female?

A theological answer would indicate that Rabbinic Jewish and early Christian thinkers did not attribute bodily form or sex to God, though most attributed male gender owing to the preponderance of ...
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Why does the Bible put the evening before the morning at the end of each day that God worked in Genesis chapter one?

In Jewish society, a day begins at 6:00 PM rather than 12:00 AM, hence the "evening" is at the beginning of the day and the "morning" comes after. From what I can tell, this is the ...
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What is the likely way in which ancient Hebrews would have understood "raqiya" in Gen 1:6?

While nowhere does the Bible explicitly state that the 'raqia' is solid or firm, there was a longstanding and well established belief regarding cosmology in antiquity which implies it. Furthremore, ...
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Is the translation "rib" for the Hebrew צֵלָע (*tsela*) in Genesis 2:22 justified?

I would point out that the Hebrew text lends itself to the translation "rib." The text in Genesis 2:21 literally reads, "And he [the Lord God] took one ['aḥat] from his side [miṭṭela'] and he closed ...
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In Genesis 3:2 did Eve receive the command not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good & evil directly from God or through Adam?

Genesis 2:16 indicates the original direct command from God was to Adam alone, as not only is "the man [i.e. Adam]" the subject, but the verb is 2nd person masculine singular, as are all the ...
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In John 1:3 why does the author use ἐγένετο instead of ἐποίησεν?

The author of John uses different language, ἐγένετο instead of ἐποίησεν, because they are describing something different than the work of creation found in Genesis. The perspective of the LXX ...
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Can Adam in Genesis 2 be interpreted as referring to "humanity" rather than a specific man?

It's an interesting reading, and some might even say that it accounts for why Eve says "we were told not to eat" — both man and woman were in this joined protohuman. But I disagree with the overused ...
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Does Genesis 3:1 imply that God did not create serpents?

It is a reasonable conclusion based on the English translation, but it is not justifiable by the Hebrew. The fact is, the biblical Hebrew authors didn’t need to include the Hebrew word אַחֵר (“other”) ...
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When did God create the waters in Genesis 1:2?

”When did God speak these waters into being?” The answer is given in the Hebrew text בראשׁית ברא אלהים את השׁמים ואת הארץ The fact is that God ברא (created) the השׁמים (heavens - plural) in (the) ...
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What is the main reason that God created the woman?

It's interesting to know that God says it's not good for man to be alone. He then shows Adam how all the animals are in pairs. One would think Adam would begin to feel something is missing in his ...
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Does the book of Job describe a Dragon?

There is no suggestion that the ancient Hebrews believed in the fire-breathing dragons of medieval lore, but they did believe in supernatural monsters loosely described as 'chaos monsters'. These were ...
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In Genesis 3:2 did Eve receive the command not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good & evil directly from God or through Adam?

The first few verses of chapter 3 would seem to answer your question. In Genesis 3:1 the Serpent says to Eve: וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל הָאִשָּׁה אַף כִּי אָמַר אֱלֹהִים לֹא תֹאכְלוּ מִכֹּל עֵץ הַגָּן And [...
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Genesis 2:18 - How to interpret "before", in "helper before him"?

Koehler Baumgartner (HALOT) lists נֶגֶד here as originally a substantive, not a preposition. So with the 3rd person pronominal suffix, and the כ inseparable preposition, would be something like "...
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How does Genesis 2:6 reconcile with Genesis 1:11-13 AND to Genesis 2:5?

There is no contradiction between Genesis 1 and Genesis 2. If you will notice, in Genesis 2:1-3, the text says God completed the creation, so everything that God created was complete including man. ...
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God says He is the Redeemer and He created all things all alone and by Himself, then why is Jesus presented as the creator and Redeemer?

This dichotomy between God of the OT and Jesus in the NT is not confined to "redeemer" and "creator". Here is a sample: God In the OT we have the LORD declaring that He is God ...
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Why was Adam created alone?

Adam is 'the figure of him that was to come', Romans 5:14, and the coming one is expressly revealed to be 'the seed of the woman', Genesis 3:15. The creation of humanity is the expression of God, the ...
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Is "God is light" more than metaphor in 1 John 1:5?

“Light” has different semantics: in the direct sense, it is a principle of a physical visibility for human eyes that has its source in a luminous, light-producing object, like the sun, for example. In ...
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Is "God is light" more than metaphor in 1 John 1:5?

In him was life and the life was the light of men. John 1:4. It is the life of the divine being which lights the consciousness of the created creature. If not, the creature has only darkness within ...
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Are the two creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2 likely to be from different sources? If so what sources?

The almost universal consensus of critical scholars is that the two creation accounts are from two different sources. The account in Genesis 1:1-2:4a is generally attributed to an anonymous source now ...
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In Genesis 2:18, was Eve made during or after the 7 days?

In The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis, Leon R. Kass looks at whether there really are two different accounts in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2. On pages 55-57, Kass discusses the main differences ...
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Can Adam in Genesis 2 be interpreted as referring to "humanity" rather than a specific man?

The term אָדָם ('adam) has four different uses with reference to people in the OT: 1) a man as in a human person, whether male or female (e.g. Lev 13:2); 2) a man as opposed to woman (e.g. Eccl 7:...
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Does the Bible say the earth was created in six 24 hour days?

There are two indications that the "days" of Gen 1 are literal 24-hour days: The regular repetition of formula, "and there was evening and morning, the nth day". The use of the ...
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Why does the Bible put the evening before the morning at the end of each day that God worked in Genesis chapter one?

In Genesis 1:2, it's dark. In Genesis 1:3, there is light. This establishes the time ordering: darkness precedes light. In Genesis 1:5, the darkness is called Night and the light is called Day. ...
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