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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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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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What attracted Abimelech to an old woman in her 80s or 90s?

Note: the following explanation is not necessarily what I believe personally. However I think it is important to include it as a possible answer since it is based on an important school of biblical ...
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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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The Death Penalty and Did it Change?

Your quotations are talking about different situations. The Old Testament references are about the way that society should respond to cases of murder. The New Testament references are about the way ...
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Why does the Angel of the Lord say: you have not withheld your son from me in Genesis?

This is what I call the "representative spokesman convention", in which the spokesman repeats somebody else's words in the first person, as though they were his own. The most obvious example ...
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Why Devil's sin didn't bring death?

Human death is the result of Adam's sin--which brought sin into the world. But the devil's turn is coming as well, for his own sin, which brought sin into the universe (beginning in heaven). The ...
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What was the purpose of the large stone over the well? (Genesis 29:2)

The heavy stone over the mouth of the well (which may have been a cistern) in Gen 29 served several purposes, all aimed at preserving the precious and scarce water, including: it prevented the well ...
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Why did God wait to give the law later?

Jacob needed to marry within his mother's clan (Gen. 28:2). He had contracted to marry Rachel. This promise was a formal betrothal, (29:18-19) probably legally binding, as it was in later times. But ...
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Why did God wait to give the law later?

The patriarchs were dealt with by God under faith, not legal works or legal commandments. Abraham was justified by faith, without the deeds of the law. Nor was any law required to be given to the ...
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Why did God tell Laban to be careful to speak to Jacob neither good nor bad? (Genesis 31:24)

This quintessentially Hebrew expression, to "speak neither good nor bad" occurs in another story of the rising antipathy between Absolom and Amnon after the latter raped their sister: 2 Sam ...
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Is the statement "Leah had weak eyes" (Genesis 29:17) an indication that women at that time had their face covered where only their eyes showed?

The Hebrew word "רַכּ֑וֹת" which the KJV translates as "tender" in Genesis 29:17, actually has a broad sense of meaning, ranging from soft and tender to timid and weak. In Leah's ...
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How does Genesis 22:17 "the stars of heavens"tie to Rev. 6:13 when the stars fell to earth?

There have been several understandings of "the stars" in Rev 6:13. Let me list a few of which I am aware. However, before doing that, I observe that Rev 6:13 and Gen 22:17 have very little ...
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What Does "and of Their Fat" Specifically Mean in Abel's Sacrifice to God?

Abel not only followed the example and precedent set by Jehovah-Elohim himself (who had slain animal life to provide coats of skins for Adam and for Eve) he offered the firstlings. Cain offered fruit, ...
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Why does Genesis 19:24 distinguish between the Lord and the Lord out of Heaven?

Since the 'trinity' tag is activated I am giving the trinitarian view on this passage. Matthew Henry's Commentary And the neighbouring cities, Admah and Zeboim, as appears from Deu 29:23 Jeremiah 49:...
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Is there any evidence that Genesis chapter 50 once contained more verses beyond verse 26?

The simple and clear answer is: "Genesis ends where it ends (at vs. 26) The Proof within the Hebrew Text The Hebrew text we have is based on the Lenigrad Codex. That codex ends with these words: ...
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Why did God tell Laban to be careful to speak to Jacob neither good nor bad? (Genesis 31:24)

The reason God told Laban to say "neither good nor bad" to Jacob was that God had promised to protect Jacob: Genesis 28:13 I am with you and will protect you wherever you go, and bring you ...
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How is it possible Jacob didn’t see Leah’s face or hear her voice?

It was the custom of the times for the bride to wear a covering, a veil, over her face. Jacob's mother, Rebekah, had veiled her face when being presented to Isaac. For she had said unto the servant, ...
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Why is תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ translated to empty/formless and void rather than chaos and unknown word?

‘Waste and Void’ In the beginning of God’s preparing the heavens and the earth, the earth existed waste and void, and darkness on the face of the deep and the Spirit of God fluttering on the face of ...
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Why does Jacob choose anointing as a method of consecrating the pillar at Bethel (Gen 28:18, Gen 31:12)?

Although the practice of anointing is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible prior to Jacob, the use of oil as a symbol of divine favor and anointing is also found in other ancient Near Eastern ...
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Is Eve's testimony in Genesis 3:3 reliable?

Short answer Genesis does not tell us. Long answer On Discrepancies Is there a discrepancy between Genesis 2:17 and Genesis 3:3? The former issues a command regarding eating the fruit, the latter ...
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How to reconcile Sarah’s faith in Hebrews 11 with her laugh in Genesis 18?

There are several factors at play in this story. First, Sarah may not have realized that when "the man" spoke (Gen 18:2) about having a son, that it was actually, "The LORD", YHWH ...
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Why have God chosen to order offering Isaak as a whole-burnt offering to test Abraham?

The question is “Why did God command Abraham to kill Isaak and then rescinded this very command?" As to the answer, it cannot be one-faceted, for it is such a dreadful mystery. Søren Kierkegaard'...
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On Why Joseph Specifically Chose Simeon to be the Hostage in Gen. 42?

The only brother who wanted to save Joseph when he was placed in the pit was Ruben. His main motivation must have been that, as the firstborn, he was responsible for his younger siblings. Genesis 37:...
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How did Abraham learn about the God, YHWH (LORD, KJV), in Chaldea, enough to communicate with Him?

The OP has answered his own question - it was the LORD who took the initiative, NOT Abraham. This is typical of God's encounters with the prophets - God appointed the prophets. There is not any ...
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How did Abraham learn about the God, YHWH (LORD, KJV), in Chaldea, enough to communicate with Him?

Gen. 4:26 tells us To Seth also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then people began to call upon the name of the Lord. From this we know that at least some knowledge of the LORD was available ...
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Who was the Man Jacob wrestled with at Peniel?

The Prophet Hosea answers this question with by equating the man with "an angel": In the womb he supplanted his brother, and in his vigor he contended with a divine being; He contended with ...
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What attracted Abimelech to an old woman in her 80s or 90s?

It could well have been the case that king Abimelech was no spring chicken himself. He could have been an old, wrinkled prune of a man, given to trophy-wife-collecting. And Sarah would have been some ...
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Who is the author of the first 9 chapters of Genesis? And are we to believe that the author knew what God said in his heart? Gen 8:21

In the case of Genesis, I do not subscribe to the documentary hypothesis, but neither do I believe that Moses was the primary author of Genesis. (More on this shortly.) However, I do believe that ...
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דְּמוּת and צֶלֶם in Genesis 1:26 and Genesis 5:3

Actually, to be pedantic, it is not the Hebrew propositions that are transposed, between Gen 1:26 and 5:3 but the nouns; thus we have: Gen 1:26 - In our image, after our likeness Gen 5:3 - In his ...
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