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Why does Genesis 3:14 say that the snake would eat dust?

Before answering this question, let me set out the literary structure of the surrounding passage of Gen 3:14 to show the ingenious design of this part of Gen 3: A: V8: - Adam and Eve act together (to ...
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What fruit was God referring to?

Actually, "fruit" is never mentioned in Gen 2. The first time we hear about fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is in Gen 3:2, 3, 6 & 12. The operative word here is ...
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What is the true meaning of "śûaḥ" (meditate?) in Genesis 24:63?

In answering your question the new (and quite wonderful) commentary for the BHQ gives this answer: 24:63 לָשׂ֥וּחַ The present hapax has been treated intensively by modern commentaries (for which see ...
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Why does Genesis 3:14 say that the snake would eat dust?

Neither snakes nor serpents eat dust, which means the verse is best understood figuratively. Eating dust here symbolizes being brought low. It begs the question as to whether the serpent itself was a ...
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To which beginning is the word 'beginning' (arche) referring in the Gospel of John, outside of the prologue?

Let the Bible answer your question. References to pre-creation: Proverbs 8:22-25, 29, 30 22 The Lord created me [Wisdom] the first [G746, ΑΡXHN] of His ways for His works. 23 Before the age He ...
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Why does the serpent continue to eat dust in Isaiah 65:25?

The Hebrew word apar (H6083) may have a broader meaning than simply rock dust. Broadly speaking, dust is what has fallen and is dead. Physical One type of dust is "dirt" or rock dust which ...
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How did Nephilim reappear after the flood?

In spite of the fact that God put the demons who produced the Nephilim who lived before the Flood into Tartarus, it was not long after the Flood that the Devil again tried to stop the Messiah by ...
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In Genesis 4:23-24 who did Lamech kill?

It is not an admission rather a threat. I have killed - הָרַ֙גְתִּי֙ - a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. Genesis 4:23 NIV The AKJV has a marginal reference for "have killed&...
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In Genesis 4:23-24 who did Lamech kill?

I researched this issue in relation to another question and found some interesting data in rabbinical sources: The Midrash Tanchuma (Bereshit 11:2-4) identifies Lamech's (accidental) victims as his ...
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