Genesis is the first book of the Old Testament, a narrative starting with creation.

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Did God's curse on Cain extend to only Cain, Cain's descendants or to everyone?

When God cursed Cain for killing Abel, did that curse extend to Cain's offspring, to Cain alone, or to everyone? God tells Cain: "And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth ...
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Why does Genesis record only 10 names from Adam to Noah?

Genesis 5 (NIV) And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred ...
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What is the significance of Lamech's boast?

Lamech said to his wives,  “Adah and Zillah, listen to me;   wives of Lamech, hear my words.  I have killed a man for wounding me,   a young man for injuring me.  If Cain is avenged seven ...
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Do Lutherans believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis?

Do Lutherans believe that the story of Adam and Eve and all the book of Genesis is to be taken as literal truth?
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Is the tree of “knowledge of good and evil” the same as the “tree of life”?

Is there one off-limits tree in the Garden of Eden or two? Genesis speaks of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17) and then later talks of the tree of life (Genesis 3:22). Are they the ...
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What was the problem at Babel?

In the Genesis account of the tower of Babel a bunch of guys got together to build a really tall tower somewhere in the desert. God gets wind of the affair but it doesn't sit well: Genesis 11:5–6 (...
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What do day-age theorists do with “very good” in Genesis 1:31?

I would like to know what day-age theorists do with what God says at the end of creation - that everything was "very good" (Genesis 1:31)? That is to say, if you look at the fossil record, you see ...
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Why God lied to Adam? [duplicate]

Genesis 3:3 God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree or you will die.'" Why didn't God say 'it's a fruit of knowledge .. If you eat it you will be like me..? " The serpent in fact ...
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Why is God on Sarah's side when she asked Abraham to cast out Hagar and Ishmael?

The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham,...
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According to Ravi Zacharias's apologetic argument, how could love have existed prior to the fall?

Ravi Zacharias explained in a Q&A (14:50) that for true love to exist between God and man, the current creation is the only possible way for it to exist. He gave four possible examples of creation,...
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What did the serpent look like? [closed]

The account of creation mentions the serpent being wise among all beasts. After the temptation God curses the serpent. "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this,...upon ...
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Who told Eve about the fruit?

How could Eve know not to eat from the fruit when there are no lines of verse showing she was ever told? It said "God told the man..." Eve wasn't made until later. I've checked several versions. Is ...
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What is the specific meaning of “die” in Genesis 2?

Genesis 2:16-17 (NIV): 16And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you ...
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What are the theological implications/problems with theistic evolution?

Theistic evolution holds that God used evolution to create mankind. It seems to follow then that this view must also hold the creation account in Genesis to be unhistorical. So, Adam and Eve may ...
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Was the marriage between Abraham and Sarah incestuous?

In the comments to this answer to the question of why Abraham lied to Pharaoh about his relationship with Sarah, the following question which I am about to pose, appeared: Was the marriage between ...
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Who first described Pentecost as a reversal of Babel?

In Spiritual Maturity, J. Oswald Sanders describes Pentecost as a reversal of Babel. An online search shows this to be a link made by others, and in a related thesis on the topic, Paul J. Pastor goes ...
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What is the case for interpreting the Genesis creation account literally?

I think we can all agree that the entire Bible is not meant to be taken literally. Consider the Song of Solomon (what would his lover look like if we take it literally?) or the book of Revelation. ...
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In Mormonism, how is the doctrine of Adam & Eve inability to have children prior to the Fall explained?

Inspired by this answer to a previous question, in which the answerer stated: "For example, the Book of Mormon adds the belief that Adam and Eve could not have children before the Fall." ...
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Benjamin ,blessing of the last tribe [closed]

Why is a wolf blessed in chapter 49 of genesis,the enemy of the shepherd,I'm talking about the tribe of Benjamin. all of the twelve tribes are blessed.
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Who are the many nations that Abraham was called by God, 'the father' of?

Who are these nations that Abraham was father of, according to God's words? Gen 17:5 (NIV) 5 No longer will you be called Abram[a]; your name will be Abraham,[b] for I have made you a father of ...
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Who wrote the book of Genesis? (Overview)

I've heard reference in other questions on this site that seem to indicate a belief that Genesis was written by "the same man." What do we actually know about wrote Genesis (whether a single, or ...
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What is the most basic Biblical understanding of the nature of the firmament?

Going back to original Hebrew texts where possible, what is the most basic understanding of the firmament (the substance/realm/space that God supposedly stuck between heaven from earth)? I've read a ...
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How could Cain have built Enoch?

God cursed Cain to be an eternal wanderer: Genesis 4:12 King James Version When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond ...
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Where did the notion that Adam and Eve ate an APPLE come from?

Contrary to popular belief no mention of the fruit being an apple can be found in the Book of Genesis. Jewish commentaries recorded in the Midrash Rabbah speculate that the tree might have been a ...
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How well supported is the generic interpretation Rublev's Icon as being a depiction of the Holy Trinity as portrayed in Genesis 18? [closed]

This was produced in the 15th century by Andrei Rublev's icon of the Trinity, a highly regarded Russian orthodox artist: It is generally taken to be depicting the three men of Genesis 18 as being ...
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Which came first, man or animal? [duplicate]

Genesis 1:24-27 states that humans were created after the other animals, and the first man and woman were created simultaneously. 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature ...
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Why was the first man called Adam?

I have started reading the Bible and I have found that in Genesis 2.19 the first man is already called Adam without any previous reference to this name. But when it comes to Eve there is a clear ...
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Is God a God of all nations or a God of only the Israelites? [closed]

Genesis 1-11 talks about all nations, but from chapter 12 to the last chapter it talks mainly about the Israelites and how they were rescued. Looking at the two, can we say that God is a God of all ...
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Is Genesis 18 regarded as a Theophany of the Trinity?

Abraham addresses the three visitors as LORD. Is this understood as a theophany of the Trinity by some Christians? [Genesis 18:1-2 NASB] 1 Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while ...
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Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans? [closed]

I was looking back over Genesis 9, just after the flood, when God allowed man to eat animals for food. The text is fairly interesting here: 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood ...
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When omniscient God had a plan for Jesus, why did God think of killing everyone?

There seems to be a contradiction between these two verses. So the LORD said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created--and with them the animals, the birds and the ...
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Biblical basis for two aspects of the Gap Theory

According to the Gap Theory there was a large gap in time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. Two aspects of the theory are: Rather than Genesis 1:1 being a summary for what follows, it is a ...
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What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?

And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it ...
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The appointed time [closed]

(B'resheet) Genesis 1:14-19: 14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;...
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Did GOD create pathogens after the sin of Adam and Eve? [closed]

Did GOD create pathogens after the sin or fall of Adam and Eve?
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How sound are the arguments that Melchizedek invoked a Canaanite deity when he met Abraham?

Melchizedek serves an important theological role in the book of Hebrews. The author of Hebrews interprets Psalm 110 to speak of Jesus' priestly order (Melchizedek), thus resolving the potential ...
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Who are the Nephilim? [duplicate]

Having started reading the Bible, I was taken by Genesis 6:4: The Nephilim were on the earth in those days - and also afterward - when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore ...
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Why is the line from Seth to Noah often called righteous?

The line of descendants from Seth to Noah is often called righteous, in comparison to Cain's descendants who are called evil. This comes up when discussing Methuselah who although he died in the year ...
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What does “two becoming one flesh” refer to? [closed]

In the Bible, when it refers to “two becoming one flesh”, does it mean that the physical act of sex creates a position where both bodies are connected? or the flesh (DNA) from the man and and ...
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Why did God describe the light as being good, but not the darkness?

In the account of creation in Genesis 1, it seems that God describes many of the things He creates as being "good". Verse 2 indicates that prior to there being light, there was "darkness over the ...
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What is the Biblical Basis of a “water canopy”, and is there scientific evidence to support it?

Some Creationists have asserted that in the pre-flood world that there may have been some sort of water vapor canopy that perhaps doubled the air pressure and caused things to be much healthier than ...
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Before the fall of Adam, did anything die? [closed]

This seems like a simple question, but I cannot find a clear answer. The book of Genesis (1:29,30), implies that Adam just ate "plants and herbs". So I think it is safe to assume animals were not ...
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What is the support for saying Jesus believed Genesis was a literal account of creation?

Ken Ham has said "I take Genesis as literal history, as Jesus did." I've also seen this stated other places, but haven't seen anything that Jesus said which backs up this train of thought. What is ...
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When did Sarah call Abraham “lord”?

Peter says that Sarah called Abraham "lord" (i.e., master) and that it was a good thing. When did she do this? And how does Peter know this? I can't find it anywhere in scripture. 1 Peter 3:5,6 ...
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What is an overview of the main interpretations of “day” in Genesis 1?

In the Creation account in Genesis 1 (and 2), God's work of Creation is famously split into 7 "days". For example, the first "day" occurs in verse 5: Genesis 1:5 (NLT) God called the light "day" ...
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In Theistic Evolution when do the genealogies in Genesis become real?

In Genesis there is the genealogy of Adam to Noah, then the account of the flood. After that is the genealogy of Noah to Abraham. The accounts of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob's sons then follow. ...
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How do Theistic Evolutionists reconcile that Eve was called the “the mother of all living?”

What is the Theistic Evolutionist's interpretation of these passages that seem to indicate that Eve was the first mother, and therefore the mother of all humanity? The man called his wife's name ...
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What evidence is there that the Chinese script reflects a knowledge of Genesis 1-11?

It has been asserted that the author of the Chinese alphabet could very well been knowledgeable of the accounts in Genesis 1-11--those that occurred prior to the division of peoples and languages at ...
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What were the Nephilim, and what role did they play in the Bible beyond just being mentioned?

Did the Nephilim that are mentioned in Genesis 6:4 do anything beyond just existing?
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Why do some translations render Genesis 3:8 with “the voice of the Lord” while others don't? Is it a reference to Jesus?

Genesis 3:8, depending on the translation, says one of two things with regards to what Adam and Eve heard: They heard "the voice of the Lord" walking in the garden or The sound of the Lord God ...