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And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good,

We are told later in the Bible that the serpent is the devil Rev 12:9 I believe the devil and his angels were cast down when Jesus was a baby. God was in Christ, multitasking, and a war broke out in ...
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In Genesis 21:17 why does God hear only the boy's prayer?

Psalm 34 tells us that God hears the cries of the righteous. Perhaps the Lord did not count Hagar as righteous? She did lead Ishmael to mistreat/laugh at Isaac after all (Genesis 21:9). She even began ...
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Who is the "possessor of heaven and earth" in Genesis 14:19. Abraham or God?

It appears that "Possessor of heaven and earth" is an accolade or designation that the people customarily attached to God when they spoke about Him. It is an accolade that specifies which ...
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Should Cainan be included or excluded from the geneology of Jesus?

The point is decided by an unquestioned text of Holy Scripture. In the New Testament, Luke, when giving the genealogy of Christ, says that Sala "was the son of Cainan, which was the son of ...
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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 32 what is the significance of Jacob's injury?

Jacob's injury, specifically regarding the sciatica nerve, have annual observed fast days references. The words the sciatica nerve in Hebrew represents the observed fast days of the year as follows: ...
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Did the patriarchs always get a son on their birthday? If not, we have to add months, say, about 7 years total difference when counting

Metusalah was 187 years and maybe six months, when he got Lemech. Lemech was 182 years and some months, when he got Noah. Noah was 600 years and some months when the flood came. So the time to the ...
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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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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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How long did Jacob stay in Harran?

I think the age of Ismael couldn't help us - it is not necessary for Ismael to be alive when Esau goes for another wife. In the Old Testament that language is frequently in use to name the clan/tribe ...
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Did the patriarchs always get a son on their birthday? If not, we have to add months, say, about 7 years total difference when counting

It is worth noting that calendar system did not exist in oldest ancient time. Therefore, the ages of the ancestors in Genesis should be considered as inspiration from God. Any argument regarding their ...
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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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Why does Genesis 3:14 say that the snake would eat dust?

God created man from the earth/dust Gen 3:19(dust you are and to dust you shall return) as well as the animals from the earth Gen 1:24, and so it likey just means the serpent was cursed to eat flesh. ...
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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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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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Is there a symbolic meaning to 'possessing the gates of your enemies' in the Hebrew language?

I think Jesus was probably referring to this very promise when He said: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” ‭‭...
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Is Genesis 28:20-22 intended as a description of Jacob's conversion/"becoming a true Jew"?

I have always understood Gen 28:20-22 as a simple expression of Jacob's acceptance of the divine covenant made with Abraham (Gen 12:1-3, Gen 15, Gen 17, Gen 18:9-15) which was inherited and then ...
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In Genesis 21:17 why does God hear only the boy's prayer?

It is simple, but not politically correct. God heard the cry of the "boy" because he...the boy...the male..the seed bearer is the father of many people who God desired to save. proper ...
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Why did Lot choose to flee to Zoar instead of the mountains as the angel instructed?

Examining several rabbinical commentaries about this, there are a couple that are worth considering here: Hezekiah ben Manoah says that the fire and brimstone were already very close. Lot felt he did ...
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What was the logic behind changing "firmament" to "sky"?

Some scriptures to look further into this matter to name afew would be Psalms 19:1-10 Isiah 40:22 Isaiah 48:13 ISAIAH 34:4 really sums it up and tells physically what I believe God was meaning about ...
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Types of animals in Genesis

Genesis 9.3 Every moving thing that lives shall be yours to eat; "like the green vegetation", I have given you everything. I believe the Lord meant "from" every living creature ...
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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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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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Is God speaking to Jesus Christ in Genesis 1:3?

John 1:4-5 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John is obviously referencing Genesis. Genesis 1 In the ...
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Would Abram have thought Sarai's womb was dead in Genesis 12?

First, Gen 12 never mentions anything about Sarai not having children or being barren. That statement is found in Gen 11:30 - But Sarai was barren; she had no children. The statement about a "...
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Would Abram have thought Sarai's womb was dead in Genesis 12?

No, Abram would not have thought Sarai infertile yet. Consider Gen. 12:11-12 where Abram says to Sarai: “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ...
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Do Genesis 20 and 26 refer to the same Abimelech?

Hamilton, in the NICOT commentary, writes: The Abimelech of ch. 20 cannot be the same Abimelech of ch. 26, if one takes the years and figures of Genesis seriously. The adult and married Abimelech of ...
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Do Genesis 20 and 26 refer to the same Abimelech?

Both encounters with Abimelech via Abraham and Isaac, he had the same commander of his army, Phichol. So unless both names/titles are that common, what are the chances a different Abimelech had a ...
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Was Adam capable of procreation in Genesis 2:7,8?

Firstly, I would like to clarify that this answer is based on personal thoughts and does not have scriptural verification. Adam was probably first created without a gender. The name Adam, meaning &...
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Image vs likeness in Genesis 1:26

Image - comparable to the pre-incarnate Christ found in the Old Testament (Christophany as in the Lord that appeared to Abraham just before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah) and the incarnate ...
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Link(s) between Jesus' Prodigal Son parable and Esau & Jacob's reunion story?

There is indeed a parallel to Jacob and Esau in the parable of the Prodigal Son. However, in this case the reconciliation is between father and son, not between younger brother and the elder brother. ...
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Link(s) between Jesus' Prodigal Son parable and Esau & Jacob's reunion story?

There are definitely some beautiful parallels between the two stories. Inheritance / misdeeds Repentance Returning home Forgiveness Mercy
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Could Christ's words "will He find faith on the earth" (Lk. 18:8) parallel Gen. 6:6-8?

None of the above is the absolute answer even though their is relevance; nevertheless since the son of man means to be born of a woman people once again will be looking to the sky for Jesus to return ...
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What fruit was God referring to?

The interpretation of partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil as symbolizing sexual sin is not entirely without biblical basis. Arguments supporting this idea include: After ...
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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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In Genesis 4:15, why did God protect Cain?

Disclaimer: I am not explaining Genesis 4:15 inductively, because, as I told my children, "I don't answer why questions," unless the person, or in this case, the text, explains the actions. ...
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