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Does Genesis 19:26 have to be translated as “pillar” or “statue”?

The salt formations of the Dead Sea are referred to as "uprights", i.e pillars (נציבי מלח) in Hebrew, from the OT onward. These formations can have very strange and sometimes humanoid shapes....
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The meaning of the Heaven from Genesis

Alimghty God cannot be fitted into our finite understanding of time and space. That HE created the heaven or heavens is a fact. Whether a space for separate entities including a space for our known ...
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Hebrew Text Indicative of a Local or Global Flood?

Famous Oceanographer Jaques Cousteau once said "If you flattened Earth's Crust, the continents would be covered by over a mile of water". It was Noah's Flood that created Plate Tectonics in ...
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How is Japheth is enlarged if confined to the tents of Shem? Gen 9:27

This could mean a lot of things! It obviously refers do his (Japheth) descendants. Later they would gain influence over vast lands and peoples by means of influence, politically nd economically. ...
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What does the phrase "time of life" mean in Genesis 18:10?

We must first understand that the life and story of Abraham is is an allegory which God the holy spirit used to teach spiritual truth. The time of life as used hers refers to a particular time an ...
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Does the Latin Vulgate propagate a translation error in Genesis 3:15?

If I say "I will teach your son at my school" it could just be that I oversee the one(s) who actually do it. So He/she will crush the head both apply. 'She' can be looked at as a fuller ...
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Is God's "Be fruitful and multiply" at Genesis 1:28 a blessing or commandment?

God's blessing on animals as well as Adam and Eve means He is the one that makes their kind continue on. That showed up even after Adam and Eve sinned and dying set in, life continued to be ...
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Why do scholars think Abraham came from Ur in Mesopotamia?

Yes, I agree with you on this one. Sumerian Ur in the southern Mesopotamia doesn't make much sense to me. Like you pointed out, it doesn't agree with Joshua 24:3. But I took your father Abraham from ...
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Is God's "Be fruitful and multiply" at Genesis 1:28 a blessing or commandment?

It is a command that holds a blessing. "command" and "blessing" are not mutually exclusive. Obeying the commands of God is always a good idea (a blessing). We can see this ...
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What was the tree of life in Genesis 2:9

The Tree of Life was definitely a Sumerian concept, first mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh in Tablet XI, detailing the Deluge, Gilgamesh's testing by Utnapishtim, and his obtaining the 'Plant of ...
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Does Genesis 9:5 prohibit killing oneself?

Given that life is a gift from God, and that blood represents God-given life, that is why the Bible says such a lot about respectful use of blood. Not even animal blood was to be consumed by humans ...
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What does the phrase 'she may bear on my knees' mean in Genesis 30:3?

It could be a reference to the process of adoption at birth. When a child is born, the doctor or midwife places the child on the chest or lap of the mother to allow the child to get acquainted with ...
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Why do scholars think Abraham came from Ur in Mesopotamia?

The matter at issue here is the identification of the Hebrew word: כַּשְׂדִּי (Kasdi or Kasdimah) which is uniformly translated Chaldea. That is, כַּשְׂדִּי is identified with the ancient Chaldean ...
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Was Moses a thief in stealing the gold of the Egyptians before fleeing?

Just as a side note, Deuteronomy 15 says: 12 And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free ...
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Genesis 11:6 Translation Concern

And with Peter's sermon on Pentecost, the many languages are not a problem where Godly aims come in. In fact, like music, sin, and other human innovations, God can make all things work to the good
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Is God's "Be fruitful and multiply" at Genesis 1:28 a blessing or commandment?

I suppose you notice that Adam and Eve are the only 'kind' not created en masse. Hence any children they have, to the end of time, are a family, so I take this like the 'fruitful vine around your ...
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Was Moses a thief in stealing the gold of the Egyptians before fleeing?

We are not told this in order to imitate it. And we can --- if we must -- have a good opinion or a bad one. I chose to think that since no blame is attached, what Moses did was good
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Was Moses a thief in stealing the gold of the Egyptians before fleeing?

There seem to be two relevant Hebrew words used in both those passages of scripture. Consulting the book below, this is what I gleaned under the word SPOIL: "5. To snatch away - natsal. Exodus ...
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Did Adam blame Eve?

11 He [God] said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the ...
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Was Moses a thief in stealing the gold of the Egyptians before fleeing?

There are two questions that I will address separately. You shall not "kill" The verb used in Ex 20:13 is רָצַח (ratsach) which means, here, to murder, to kill illegally. The commandment ...
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Is God's "Be fruitful and multiply" at Genesis 1:28 a blessing or commandment?

A few verses earlier we find something similar: And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. (KJV) Presumably, fish ...
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Does Genesis 1:29-31 leave any room for the existence of animal-based diets in the period between the Creation and the Fall?

I am not a bilblical scholar, but believe this makes sense. I am a 20+ year ethical vegan. References? The Bible tells us about what we are supposed to consume in early Genesis. The Bible also ...
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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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Why did God tell Isaac not to go to Egypt in Genesis 26?

Map of Abraham's journeys: Bible Study of Nicolás It can reasonably be supposed from the narrative that after having arrived at Gerar, Isaac then changed his mind about staying, and so determined to ...
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What was the tree of life in Genesis 2:9

There is only one tree. The tree of the knowledge of good pain.
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What was the tree of life in Genesis 2:9

To grasp what the ‘tree of life’ is, consider that the text in which it was first addressed no longer exists. ”The first and foremost concept that a reader of the Biblical text must learn is that the ...
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How did Biblical translators decide on cypress for the type of wood in Noah's ark?

You do realize it's gopher wood right? Other versions of the Bible might translate it as something else, but other translations of the Bible are not as accurate as the KJV. That is a common known fact....
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What does the word 'naked' mean in Genesis 2:25 and Genesis 3:7, Genesis 3:10 and Genesis 3:11?

A good way to explain this entails first understanding what the respective trees were - and why partaking of one of them immediately caused them to feel shame, or guilt, and to view each other, and ...
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What does the word 'naked' mean in Genesis 2:25 and Genesis 3:7, Genesis 3:10 and Genesis 3:11?

Actually, two different words are used that sound almost the same and both mean, literally, naked, ie, without clothes. They are: עָרוֹם (arom) Gen 2:25, 1 Sam 19:24, Job 1:21, 22:6, 24:7, 10, 26:6, ...
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What's the correct term for "day" in Genesis 3:8?

In Gen 3:8, the word translated "day" is יוֹם (yom) which simply means "day" - an extremely common word in the OT, occurring about 2303 times. Let me summaries its variety of ...
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What's the correct term for "day" in Genesis 3:8?

Ruach is translated (in the KJV) 232 times 'spirit', 90 times 'wind' and 28 times 'breath'. A few other times it is translated by other, similar, wordings. Yom is translated 1,167 times 'day', 65 ...
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What's the correct term for "day" in Genesis 3:8?

Wind seems a more appropriate translation for this word. Quite a few translations use the word breeze. Often wind is associated with Spirit. ◄ lə·rū·aḥ ► Englishman's Concordance lə·rū·aḥ — 4 ...
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Why didn't Dinah's name carry any attachment or prophetic meaning in Genesis 30:21?

The OP's assumption is that the name "Dinah" did not carry semantic and prophetic meaning. The fact that it is not recorded does not mean that it lacked any significance. Note that "...
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Heb 6.18 says there are two immutable things; why can't there be three immutable things (according to Gen 15, the covenant with Abram)?

I am struggling to grasp what you mean by suggesting there should be three immutable (or unchangeable) things by which Abraham could have hope in God’s promise to him. Context is everything, and ...
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Heb 6.18 says there are two immutable things; why can't there be three immutable things (according to Gen 15, the covenant with Abram)?

A covenant isn't a third thing. A covenant is simply a specific example of a formal agreement that someone commits to. To break such an agreement would be to break one's word, to deny one's promise or ...
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