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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

32
votes
7answers
3k views

How can the sun be created after day and night?

"Light" was created on day 1 - Genesis 1:3-5. However the sun was created on day 4 - Genesis 1:14-19. How is this possible?
31
votes
11answers
5k views

What is the specific meaning 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" ...
22
votes
3answers
6k views

Why did people live so long before the Flood?

In Genesis 5, some of the descendants of Adam are listed with their ages. The people listed lived very much longer than anybody does today. For example, Adam lived to be 930. The oldest age, 969 ...
20
votes
6answers
27k views

Why did God wrestle with Jacob?

Sorry for asking a question kid in my Catechism class asked, but I didn't know the answer and she is an expert level 7th grader. Why did God wrestle with Jacob if they're both good? Was God ...
19
votes
6answers
643 views

Why do OEC discount the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis?

This is to rephrase the question Are scientific findings a test to Christians' Faith? It seems to me that, without any outside interference, the Bible itself gives no suggestion that the Book of ...
18
votes
7answers
2k views

Where did Noah find polar bears and penguins in Palestine?

The biblical account of Noah's Ark and the flood seems implausible to me due to this detail... How could animals accustom to thriving in extreme temperatures be found in a common place for ...
17
votes
3answers
3k views

How did Noah preserve fresh water fish?

How did Noah prevent fresh water fish from dying when salt water inundated inland waterways during the claimed floods? I'm not sure which Christian doctrines take the literalist position but what is ...
16
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
15
votes
1answer
309 views

In Theistic Evolution, when did the alleged evolutionary animal/ape/man become accountable for his sins?

One answer to this previous question asks, One of the problems I have with theistic evolution is: when did this alleged evolutinary animal/ape/man become accountable for his sins? [sic] It would ...
14
votes
3answers
468 views

Why did God create such complexity in man?

During Creation, God created man: Genesis 2:7 KJV And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Why ...
14
votes
4answers
313 views

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 ...
14
votes
5answers
13k views

If God set the maximum age to 120, then how could Jacob be 130 years old?

At the time of Noah, God said: Genesis 6:3 NIV Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” ...
14
votes
2answers
593 views

Are there two different creation accounts in the bible?

There are two seemingly contradictory accounts of creation in the Bible. The first is in Genesis 1:1-2:3. The second is in Genesis 2:4-25. Why the differences in the accounts?
13
votes
4answers
7k views

Was Onan really struck dead by God for masturbating?

Historically, Onan in Genesis 38 has been accused of masturbation, and for this supposed transgression was struck dead. The term Onanism (or in German Onanie) is still used to describe this practice. ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?

I have a multi-part question. Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest? Genesis, Chapter 4 tells us about Cain and Abel. Genesis, Chapter 5 tells us about Seth and "other sons and daughters". I ...
13
votes
6answers
993 views

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 ...
13
votes
8answers
9k views

Why did God make garments of skin for Adam and Eve when they had already made clothing for themselves?

Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned, we are told that they made clothing for themselves. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together ...
13
votes
3answers
1k views

Who wrote the book of Genesis?

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
631 views

Did Jesus state that he believed Genesis was a literal account of creation?

Ken Ham 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 the ...
13
votes
3answers
10k views

Why did God accept Abel's offering and not Cain's?

In Genesis 4, we read the following account of Cain and Abel: So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also ...
12
votes
7answers
20k views

In which country is the Garden of Eden located?

Genesis 2:15(NIV) The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. I'm curious to know, now, in which which country is the Garden of Eden located? ...
12
votes
2answers
465 views

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. ...
12
votes
2answers
527 views

Who is Lillith?

The character Lilith, while not mentioned in the Bible, turns up in Christian mythology as Adam’s first wife. (She’s mentioned, for example, in CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.) Where ...
12
votes
5answers
5k views

Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans?

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
6k views

When was Abraham alive?

It is generally accepted that Abraham lived 175 years. However, the dates when he lived are rather fuzzy and hotly debated. When was he alive and what reasons would you give for your conclusion? ...
12
votes
2answers
1k views

What is the significance of the three distinct aspects of the temptation of Eve in the garden?

Genesis 3 indicates that there were three distinct aspects of the temptation of Eve: So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the ...
11
votes
3answers
566 views

Should Genesis 1:2 be translated “And the earth became without form…”?

The Gap theory seems to be based largely on translating Genesis 1:2 differently from the usual translations, eg. KJV: 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the ...
10
votes
4answers
5k views

Why 'Seventy times seven'?

Twice in the bible, God makes reference to "seventy times seven" (or "seventy-seven times"). Once in Genesis 4:24 (dealing with Cain's punishment for his murder of Abel), and the other in Matthew ...
10
votes
5answers
4k views

Why did God need to plant the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden in the first place?

Why did God need to plant the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden in the first place? I mean Mormons say that God was in fact having a hidden desire for Adam and Eve to disobey ...
10
votes
3answers
11k views

Jacob and Esau: what is this story all about?

This is how I see the story of Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25 and 26): They are two very different twins who seem to fight a lot. Esau goes hunting and he is starving when he gets back. He asks Jacob for ...
10
votes
2answers
1k views

Multiple wives and concubines | male and female “original” intent

Matthew 19:1-6 New International Version (NIV) 1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large ...
10
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
346 views

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 ...
9
votes
4answers
579 views

Who were the Sons of God who seem to have begat the Nephilim?

Genesis 6:1--4 tells about the "sons of God" marrying whomsoever they pleased, and the Nephilim---"the heroes of old, men of renown"---were begotten then. How is this to be interpreted?
9
votes
2answers
10k views

What happened to the two trees in the Garden of Eden?

In Genesis 2, we are told that there were two named trees in the Garden of Eden--the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. When Adam and Eve ate fruit from the Tree of the ...
8
votes
5answers
772 views

What Did God Make The Universe From?

What did God make the universe from? It seems Himself, since before Creation, only God is. This seems to me to be the most important question for Christianity. NOT why, how, where or who, but what. ...
8
votes
4answers
8k views

Why did God create the Heavens and the Earth?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Why ? Does the Bible state a reason anywhere?
8
votes
7answers
794 views

What was the light of the first day of creation?

In the Genesis account, the sun and stars are created on the fourth day: Gen 1:14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them ...
8
votes
3answers
453 views

Why we do we “know” that Joseph wasn't Hyksos?

According to the ancient historian, Mantheo, the fifteenth dynasty of Egypt were a people known as the Hyksos, literally the "rulers of foreign countries" or, as sometimes been translated "the ...
8
votes
4answers
606 views

What caused the Fall of Mankind?

Was the fall initiated by a transgression of faith, because man trusted the word of the serpent more than the word of God or was it a transgression of God’s law (an act of disobedience)? Are there ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

Is the commandment to multiply, and replenish the earth in effect today?

Adam and Eve were commanded to multiply and replenish the earth. Genesis 1:28-30 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and ...
8
votes
1answer
181 views

If Genesis is not to be taken literally by the Roman Catholics, what is the basis of the original sin?

According to this answer, Genesis is not to be taken literally by the Roman Catholic church due to the scientific evidence contradicting it. In this view, what is the basis of the original sin?
8
votes
4answers
403 views

Genesis 3, original sin and mortality

I'm currently doing some research for a Church project and next week we are covering creation. While looking at creation, I came across an interesting tidbit that I've never actually thought about ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

Three men appeared to Abraham in Genesis 18, was one Christophany?

Genesis 18:1-2 1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing ...
7
votes
7answers
6k views

Whom did Lamech kill?

Genesis 4:23-24 NIV 23 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. 24 If ...
7
votes
8answers
14k views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

What did the serpent look like?

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
218 views

Why did Joseph only present five brothers?

After Joseph and his brothers were reunited, Joseph presents only five of his brothers to Pharaoh. Genesis 47:1-2 New International Version (NIV) 47:1: Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My ...
7
votes
1answer
282 views

Why was the mark of Cain necessary?

In Genesis 4:14-15 (NRSV) it says: 14 I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and anyone who meets me may kill me.’ 15 Then the Lord said to him, ‘Not so! Whoever kills Cain will ...
7
votes
1answer
145 views

Is gender a property of essence or existence?

In his address, the Holy Father said: According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. The use of the word ...