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Is it fair to say that deceit is a trait of Abraham's family? Did the Lord ever approve of their lying?

Each lie in the list above misrepresents the identity of persons. Before we righteously conclude that deceptive identity was a family trait, we might want to ask ourselves to what extent there were ...
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Was Benjamin born before or after Joseph was sold into slavery?

Let us review the material from the previous question as per the appendix below. We are not told exactly when Benjamin was born but there is a window of a few years to choose. We know that Joseph was ...
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Why in the Genesis, it's strongly said that Jacob and Rachel were Cousins?

The Ohr HaChaim and the Rabbeinu Bachaye explain the point which is essentially to clarify the motivations of Yaakov in helping Rochel. OHR HACHAIM ויהי כאשר ראה יעקב את רחל, It was when Jacob saw ...
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How did Jacob rename Luz to Bethel, when it is "bethel" in Genesis 12?

Recall that Genesis was written (or more likely, edited) by Moses well after the events described in the book of Genesis; see appendix below. Thus, when writing about a place, he might (and often does)...
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How old was Jacob when he first saw Rachel?

Issac gets married at the age of 40.Genesis 25:20 Jacob was born when Issac was 60 years old. Genesis 25:26 Issac dies at 180 years(Genesis 35:28). So Jacob was 120 years old when Issac died. Jacob ...
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How old was Jacob when he first saw Rachel?

We have the following data about the Chronology of Jacob: Gen 47:9 - Jacob is 130 years old when presented to Pharaoh Gen 45:6 - This was during the second year of the famine, nine years after Joseph ...
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Time span between Genesis 15:13 and Genesis 46:6

Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. Genesis 21:5 And Abraham was an hundred ...
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Did Isaac die before Joseph was sold to the Midianites?

Joseph was in Egypt when his grandfather Isaac died. In this case, Isaac died when Joseph was about 28 years old--or during the time Joseph was in prison in Egypt. Joseph was taken to Egypt when he ...
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Was Benjamin born before or after Joseph was sold into slavery?

Benjamin was born (Gen 35) before Joseph was sold (Gen. 37). Benjamin's birth: Then they journeyed from Bethel. When they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel went into labor, and she had ...
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Why does the YLT not mention 'sister' in Leviticus 18:18?

Both translations can be correct. It all depends on one's interpretation. Literal translation of „ishah el ahotah” would be „a woman to her sister”. But „a woman to another one (woman)” is probably an ...
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Did Isaac die before Joseph was sold to the Midianites?

The Chronology of Isaac: Isaac born to Abraham at the age of 100, Gen 21:5 Isaac marries Rebekah at age 40, Gen 25:20 Isaac becomes the father of Jacob at age 60, Gen 25:26 Jacob (at age 71) deceives ...
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Time span between Genesis 15:13 and Genesis 46:6

We have the following data: Gen 12:4 - Abram 75 years old when he moved from Haran to Canaan and given the promise in Gen 12:1-3 Isaac born to Abraham at the age of 100, Gen 21:5 Isaac marries ...
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What is the significance of the "garment of hair with a leather belt around his waist" worn by both Elijah and John the Baptist

The hair-cloth shirt is a tool for mortification of the flesh. The hair shirt, or cilice, is an article of clothing that has been used by Christian ascetics since the early days of Christianity, and ...
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What is the significance of the "garment of hair with a leather belt around his waist" worn by both Elijah and John the Baptist

The significance was the outward appearance of the prophets of God, that they were not wordly, nor dressed to appear as wealthy or upper class people. Heb. ch. 11 speaks of this. "36 And others ...
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What is the biblical significance of the "red hair" / "Scarlet thread" and the first born brother/twin?

What is the significance of red hair? Some people attribute all sorts of negative characteristics to people with red hair, but the colour of a person’s hair does not indicate their worth in God’s ...
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Why does Jacob defer to his sons in the incidents at Shechem (Genesis 34:5, etc.)?

Let us begin by elaborating the problem. Rather than speak one-on-one with Hamor, clan leader to clan leader, Jacob “held his peace until they [his sons] were come.” (Gen 34:5) Then the sons come in ...
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Why do the sons of Jacob "deceitfully" agree to intermarry with the Hivites after circumcision (Genesis 34:13-17)?

The brothers (no spokesman is named) begin with perfect honesty: Dinah has been violated; the Lord commands that our daughters marry only circumcised men. Then begins the lie: if the Shechemites will ...
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Why does the YLT not mention 'sister' in Leviticus 18:18?

I think @חִידָה gave a good answer to part of the question. אָחוֹת definitely means "sister" in Lev 18:18 as per BDB. Indeed, the same word is used in Lev 18:9, 11, 12, 13, 18; all except ...
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Why does the YLT not mention 'sister' in Leviticus 18:18?

In [Vayiqra 18:18] אֲחֹתָהּ "Achot-H" is possessive (with a -Hei הּ suffix) so the noun אֲחֹת "Sister" (אָחוֹת Achot) belongs to a female subject - the "woman" (אִשָּׁה ...
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Why did Jacob prefer Joseph and give him a "coat of many colors" (Genesis 37)?

I believe it's because of his mother Rachel . Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah and Joseph was her first born from her own blood . References: Genesis 29:18 And Yaquuv loved Rakhyl and he said, “I ...
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Why did Esau prosper before Israel (Genesis 36 and Deteronomy 2)?

There are many ways to approach this highly interesting question, which I will outline here. First, God told Abram that his descendants would not inherit the Promised Land until “they [the Egyptians, ...
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Why did Esau move out of Canaan (Genesis 36:6-8)?

Famously, Esau lightly esteemed his birthright, selling it for some red stuff—a detail, in retrospect, that looks highly symbolic: it seems only fitting that he would lightly esteem the land of his ...
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For what purpose did Jacob prepare his entire family to sacrifice at Beth-el, and in the way he did (Genesis 35:2-4)?

This passage is indeed the first instance of a whole household being shown preparing for a sacrifice (though the lone pair of Abraham and Isaac were shown preparing for the sacrifice of Isaac at Gen ...
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Why did the Lord command Jacob to go to Bethel (Genesis 35:1), and why to "dwell" there?

Beth-el is where Jacob had the famous dream of the ladder. It is also where he first saw God, anointed a pillar to commemorate this event, called the place Beth-el or "the house of God," and ...
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Is it fair to say that deceit is a trait of Abraham's family? Did the Lord ever approve of their lying?

Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. See several scriptures in Genesis, Romans and other places. God sees Abraham and God sees righteousness in him. And Sarah was, ...
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Did Jacob continue wrestling all night to receive a blessing to save he and his family from Esau, or something else (Gen. 32:24-29)?

This question is answered, in part, by the previous verses in Gen 32 - 21 So Jacob’s gifts went on before him, while he spent the night in the camp. 22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two ...
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How old was Jacob when he first saw Rachel?

UPDATED It seems the information provided in the Biblical record requires considerable piecing together of the facts to try to ascertain Jacob's age at this time; however, we can reasonably estimate ...
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