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Genesis 1:6 Why בין מים למים instead of בין מים ובין מים

The difference is related specifically to how the Hebrew word raqia is translated, therefore how the author is both interpreting and defining this word. The use of "firmament" describes a ...
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What is the origin of the Kenites?

The origin of the Kenites is obscure. As the OP mentions, they first appear in the biblical record in the Book of Genesis at the time of Abraham, where they are described as occupying part of the land ...
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Why מצא instead of נמצא in Genesis 2:20?

What is going on in Genesis 1 and 2 relevant to Genesis 2:20? I consider it obvious that Genesis 1 was the original story the tribes of Israel knew within their pagan practices. Genesis 2 was later ...
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Why מצא instead of נמצא in Genesis 2:20?

This is a Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 correlation of context question. Timeline in Genesis 1, we see the birds of the air being created on day 5, and the beasts of the field on day 6. We read in Genesis 2 ...
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How did Pharaoh find out that Sarai was Abram's wife?

17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. These "serious diseases" would have been sudden, and I believe these were venereal, or ...
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How did Pharaoh find out that Sarai was Abram's wife?

Pharaoh has enquired from his magicians and foretellers about the sudden diseases on him and his household and was told that the woman you took is the wife of the man who came in this land with her, ...
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Why was Rachel buried along the road and not in the family tomb in the Cave of Machpelah?

I would suggest her death and the way she is buried was connected to the taking of her father's household God's and the curse pronounced by Jacob when he confronted by Laban (Gen31:32). She then ...
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Why was Rachel buried along the road and not in the family tomb in the Cave of Machpelah?

Jacob could have buried Rachel at Machphelah if he had really wanted to. After all, Joseph died in Egypt, but still his final resting place was in Israel! But Jacob knew Rachel was not the ancestor ...
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(John 15:22) No sin without Jesus?

My answer seeks to round out a couple of other answers that suggest or state that Jesus brought about a revealing of their sin. My own highly literal interlinear reading: εἰ μὴ ἦλθον καὶ ...
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Why was Rachel buried along the road and not in the family tomb in the Cave of Machpelah?

In death Leah got the nearness to Jacob she desired in life. It seems to me that since the burial place of Rachel was along a wayside and Jacob erected a significant marker, she too had a significant ...
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Why is תָּם, which is usually translated 'whole' or 'blameless', translated as 'mild' or 'plain' when used of Jacob in Genesis 25:27?

The key is the word "but" which indicates an opposite condition or state. It is the contrast with his brother Esau that the usage of "tam" becomes associated more with a sense of ...
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If Jacob only had that day to gather animals from Laban's flock, how did he get any animals since Laban removed the agreed upon animals that same day?

This question is based upon a misunderstanding of the narrative. Let me expand. Jacob's task in working for Laban and "earning" his wives' bride price was 14 years of managing Laban's farm ...
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(John 15:22) No sin without Jesus?

It means they would not have understood themselves as guilty. They would not know the Law and would have remained in ignorance. Understand John 1 and John 15 as rewriting Genesis 1,2, and 3. John 15:1 ...
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(John 15:22) No sin without Jesus?

Can this message and or statement made by Jesus in Jn15:22 apply to the many thousands if not millions and millions of people who claim to be Christians but deny many scriptures and twist to their ...
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Why was Noah specifically required to build an ark with Gopher wood?

At least one of the reasons for the use of "Gopher" wood is because in the Ark construction instructions, the author has created a "rhyming word play" with the later word for Pitch ...
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Translation of Genesis 1:26

So you dont really finish your thought on the Latin/Greek. Are you saying that God is speaking to the host of heaven? What seems clear to me is when Yeshua says NO ONE HAS SEEN THE FATHER EXCEPT ...
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What support is there for "nephilim" meaning "giants"?

The Bible considers Goliath a giant, so we can get an idea about giants from his height. In 1 Samuel 17:4, both the Septuagint and the Dead Sea Scrolls report Goliath’s height as “four cubits and a ...
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What, exactly, is the "knowledge of good and evil" in Genesis 3:22?

The Book of Genesis tells a story of a forbidden tree of knowledge of good and evil. you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil -Genesis 2:17 Key elements here are knowledge, ...
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Was Ishmael a teenager or a child when he and Hagar were sent away by Sarah?

The footnote for Genesis 21:14 on the US Conference of Catholic Bishop's website reads: [21:14] Placing the child on her back: a reading based on an emendation of the traditional Hebrew text. In the ...
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What support is there for "nephilim" meaning "giants"?

Not sure the age of this discussion but here's my understanding as I've researched this a bit. There were "sons of God" who were never meant to be considered angels. I'm surprised I don't ...
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The problem of the ages of Judah's sons and grandson

This is easily resolved by showing that the underlying assumption of 22 years is not correct. First, we should note that the material in Genesis is NOT all in Chronological order. To plot things more ...
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Why do scholars think Abraham came from Ur in Mesopotamia?

In the book of Genesis, Abraham was written as coming from Ur, but the writer was also reminding the readers that in between the journey from Ur to the Levant, he once was dwelling in Harran. In other ...
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What is the meaning of the paseq in Genesis 1.5?

I wish to quote Cantor Josh Breitzer, who wrote that there are two lines of the three-line Priestly Blessing (Numbers 6:24-26) that have a paseq mark. He notes that this diacritic mark occurs about ...
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What is the provenance of Genesis 50:33 in the Joseph Smith Translation?

According to the OP's own citation reference (from Wikipedia), Gen 50:33 is one, according to Philip Barlow, who observes the six basic types of changes, one of which is Long additions that have ...
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What is the provenance of Genesis 50:33 in the Joseph Smith Translation?

Short Answer: There is no biblical manuscript support for Joseph Smith’s additions to Genesis. According to churchofjesuschrist.org: Joseph Smith Translation (JST) A revision or translation of the ...
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Is there hidden significance to Eve’s ‘with’ in G4:1?

For what it is worth, here is my literal translation of Gen 4:1 - And Adam knew [eth] Eve his wife; and she conceived and bore [eth] Cain, and said, "I acquired a man with/from [= eth] YHWH.&...
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Is it the case that Noah, his family, and all the animals had but one small window to breathe through (Gen. 6:16)?

The description of the ark of Noah in Genesis is best read metaphorically instead of as a design specification. For example, the dimensions of the ark of Noah are described in Genesis 6:15 as 300 ...
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An explanation of El Shadai, please!

Most modern scholars conclude that there is a difference between El Shaddai and El Elyon. El of the Wilderness or El of the Steppe can also be held to the degree of El of the Overpowering, due to the ...
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What is the literal translation of Genesis 15:6 (b)?

I like Anne's answer. I'll offer something additional by way of support. I think the LXX offers help here. The LXX translators knew Hebrew and knew Greek. So, those translators, by way of the LXX, ...
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What is the literal translation of Genesis 15:6 (b)?

Four hundred and thirty years before the Law was given, God saw the faith of Abram, for Abram demonstrated faith in God's promise to him. In his heart, Abram believed God, but not as an intellectual ...
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The Tree in the Center of the Garden

Gen 3:22 - I think if you word study "also" you'll find an acceptable usage (meaning) as AGAIN. Wherein that context would show a second eating of the same tree would have a different ...
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Should Psalm 104 be read as a commentary on Genesis 1 or vice versa?

There are so many questions here I hardly know where to begin. Let me try to address a few of them. Authorship of Ps 104 - not stated and unknown. Therefore, date of composition unknown. Authorship ...
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Why does Lamech speak of himself using the third person? (Genesis 4:23-24)

Lamech is describing the consequences of his actions, alluding to the fact that he killed two people, by comparing this to the "morality" of Cain. If killing Cain meant a 7 fold vengence, ...
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Why did God bless Abraham's marriage with Sarah if she was his sister and incestuous relationships are categorically prohibited in Scripture?

Potentially offensive not intended The only logical conclusion other than being related by blood is to be related by marriage. This is to then say Sarai was Haran's wife, and therefore Abraham's ...
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Are Genesis Chapters 10 and 11 split incorrectly?

When I read this I see the tower being built in the first 70 years, given it is only made of bricks and mortar. Which descendants or generations are present is uncertain, however I believe the "...
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Why do scholars think Abraham came from Ur in Mesopotamia?

If the Ur was indeed added later as a point of difference, it is interesting that it is used in the context of Abraham (Genesis and Nehemiah) and not the Chaldeans elsewhere. Therefore the use of ur ...
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Were the first three days equal in length to the fourth in Genesis 1?

It doesn't specify the hours of the days during the first days of creation anywhere. You can infer by the fourth day when the greater (sun) and the lesser light (moon) are created along with the stars ...
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Does Mark 10:6 imply a short (literal) creation week?

The short answer is no. As you have already implied in your question, this passage would, if taken in a specific way, indicate that humans were created near the beginning of the entire creation ...
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Is there an implicit comparison between the lines of Cain and Seth?

in Genesis 4 and 5 are indeed distinct individuals, not the same people appearing in different genealogies. Let's examine the verses you cited: First, in the lineage of Cain in Genesis 4: "And ...
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Is there an implicit comparison between the lines of Cain and Seth?

Gen 4:17 And CAIN knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare <3205> Enoch : and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. Gen 4:18 And unto Enoch was ...
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Is there an implicit comparison between the lines of Cain and Seth?

The first Enoch and Lamech appear in the lineage of Cain in Genesis 4, which traces what Augustine referred to as the "rotten line of Cain." This genealogy begins after Cain is banished by ...
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An explanation of El Shadai, please!

you are identifying things and not correlating, like blooms taxonomy. Let us assume we know not whether EL Shaddai is male or female. We assume EloHim is male, though not relevant yet. If El Shaddai ...
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Is Noah's "youngest son" in Genesis 9:24 Ham or Canaan?

Please refer to the Companion Bible and the commentary of E.W. Bullinger regarding the birth order of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Also, note the following rule as it pertains to the seed line of the ...
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Who did Shelah (Judah's son) marry?

Thr bible clearly states that Tamar did not lay with Judah again no more, however Judah would have had to have died before Shelah could lay with Tamar, and that is kinda an abomination to lay with a ...
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What is the likely way in which ancient Hebrews would have understood "raqiya" in Gen 1:6?

The question shows a bias based upon learned beliefs of our current time line, and the opinions expressed as facts currently taught in our structured education systems. But, a further review of ...
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Does Genesis 2:9 have a sense of experiential knowledge as compared to other types of knowledge?

The Amplified Bible is an interpretive translation which sometimes uses the LXX for extra information. Gen 2:9 is a perfect example of this. At the heart of the OP's question is the Hebrew word ...
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Is Genesis 2:7 sufficiently ambiguous to support an interpretation that God spent millions of years to form Adam from dust?

Primary Message No. The text is not ambiguous; it meshes perfectly with Genesis 1. The point of the repetition is not how long it took to make man but who in particular made man. Genesis 1 (ESV) 26 ...
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Does Genesis 2:9 have a sense of experiential knowledge as compared to other types of knowledge?

When questions like this arise, one can access the literal Hebrew of the Masoretic Text, the Dead Sea Scrolls where available (missing in this case), and the literal Greek Septuagint. One can also see ...
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Did genesis say the sky is made of water?

I hope my comment help your understanding. In general the term of sky corresponds to Hebrew words of 'Ra-qi-a [רקיע]' and 'Sha-ma-im [שמים]'. In Genesis chapter 1, Heavenly father commended to create ...
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