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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say "We shall return" before sacrificing Isaac?

Abraham told his servants that He and Isaac would return because He knew that God could raise Isaac from the dead. Heb. 11:17-19, "17 By faith Abraham hath offered up Isaac, being tried, and 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 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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Who are the "twelve princes" mentioned in Genesis 17:20? Are they the twelve imams of Islam?

The "twelve princes" in Genesis 17:20 may have been named in a later passage as sons of Ishmael, Genesis 25:12-18: 12 These are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the ...
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Why did the people at the Tower of Babel not want to go to other parts of the world?

This passage is absolutely critical in reading the old testament. It's right up there with the tree of knowledge, as it records the founding of Babylon, one of the two evil empires (along with Egypt). ...
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Why did God choose circumcision and Paul cancel it?

Succinctly stated, as Christ himself was circumcised,1 all those who are “in Christ” are also circumcised with Christ,2 just as all those who are in Christ: suffer with Christ3 are crucified with ...
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Why will Dan not be in heaven? What did he do worse than his brethren?

The real key is that TWO names are missing from the list of territorial tribes and have been replaced. We need to watch these names, because they point us towards the symbolic meaning of the list. I ...
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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say "We shall return" before sacrificing Isaac?

The answer is simple: Abraham was hiding his true intentions from Isaac - were he to know what he was trying to do with him he would surely protest. This is evident from verses 7-9: The fire and ...
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Against whom was the Tree of Life guarded after the fall of Adam and Eve?

Hmm I am not so sure about the question not referring to Adam...if one reads Genesis 3.22... And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be ...
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Is God's "Be fruitful and multiply" at Genesis 1:28 a blessing or commandment?

It's a command. The linked answer appears to be conflating two different verbs: "blessed" (not a command), and "be fruitful" (command). In verse 28, after "God said", ...
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Was Potiphar, being a captain of an Egyptian guard, likely a eunuch?

I regret that I do not have access to the article by Johnston, but I understand his gist from Susan’s answer. First of all, the argument that “research has failed to turn up any evidence for the use ...
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Same term used for Noah's ark and Moses's basket

The Hebrew word תֵּבָה (tebah) occurs 28 times in the OT and simply means (literally), chest, box, coffin, etc. That is, a box-like container used to house and protect some contents that are (by ...
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Was Potiphar, being a captain of an Egyptian guard, likely a eunuch?

The word used to describe Potiphar's relationship with Pharaoh (37:36, 39:1) is sārı̂s, which is indeed commonly glossed "eunuch" (e.g. BDB; cf. LXX εὐνοῦχος). However, to my knowledge no major ...
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Why did God choose circumcision and Paul cancel it?

Simply put, the law of circumcision was given by God to the Hebrew people who made up the physical, geographical nation of Israel and to all the foreigners who would live in the nation of Israel. ...
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What attracted Abimelech to an old woman in her 80s or 90s?

The very nature of this site prevents me from providing a link to pictures of very beautiful women in their 80s, that, even today when women live much shorter lives than the ancients, are still very ...
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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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Genesis 1:26 why do interpreters add "let us"

The Hebrew word for 'make' is נַֽעֲשֶׂ֥ה, from the root עשׂה. The word has the following morphological parsing: Qal stem (also called the paˈʕal): this is the basic Hebrew active stem 1st person plural ...
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What does John mean by "The Word was θεός" at John 1:1?

Just focusing on your question, "What does John mean by 'The Word was God?'” John is making the most categorical and concise statement found anywhere in scripture regarding the deity of Jesus - ...
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Why did Adam think that he was still naked in Genesis 3:10?

Two different nakednesses are in view here. The fig leaves covered his physical nakedness but did nothing to quench his awareness that his newly defiled conscience was naked before God. The sequence ...
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Genesis 22:19 - where is Isaac?

Yoreh's analysis that you cite is compelling, but does contain contradictions of its own. For example his 'pottery' analogy to the biblical text does emphasise the reverence that the ancients had for ...
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How would Adam know what "you shall surely die" meant?

One view (and the view I hold to) of the Genesis account in Gen 1:1-2:3 indicates that God created a fully functioning creation at the end of seven days, with the earth, plants, animals, heavenly ...
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Was Jacob so Sexually driven that He mistook Leah for Rachel?

There are a lot of implicit, but no explicit reasons why Jacob didn't recognize Leah. Some possibilities: 1.) The feast Laban prepared Throughout history, many men have been known to get themselves ...
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Why did St. Jerome use "virago" in Gen. 2:23?

In the Hebrew text, there is a play on words, as “man” is אִישׁ (ish), and “woman” is אִשָּׁה (isha). Jerome explains why he chose to use virago rather than the common word to refer to a woman, mulier....
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Why was Abram called the Hebrew in his time?

Abraham is a descendant of Eber (whence we get the term Hebrew) who was a descendant of Shem (whence we get the term Semite) (Genesis 10:21). "Hebrew" therefore simply means 'Eberite,' much ...
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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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120 years until the flood, or until Adam's death, or shorter lifespans from now on?

The theory that 120 years refers to the remaining life of Adam does not seem to be supportable from the chronology in chapter 5: Genesis 5 tells us that Adam lived for 930 years, so this statement ...
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What is the difference between "eretz" and "sadeh" in Gen 2:5?

Typically, the standard glosses for these two terms work this way: śadeh = "pasture, acreage, piece of land, landscape, territory"; ʾereṣ = "earth, ground, country, whole earth". The links are for ...
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In Genesis 1:29 why was Abel a shepherd when vegetation was the only permitted food?

Sheep provide wool for clothing. And Abel sacrificed to God from his flock, following the example God had set with regard to the provision of a covering of skins for Adam and Eve. There is no ...
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Why is Cain worried that someone will kill him? Were there many other people in earth?

According to the biblical narrative, there were no other people alive at this point other than him and his parents! That is a poor implication to read from the text. Because Eve names her son Seth ...
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Hebrews 11:20, Did Isaac bless Esau?

According to Genesis 27:39-40, Isaac did extend to Esau the following blessing. Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above. By your sword you ...
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