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

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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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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 ...
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Why did Esau despise his birthright?

Genesis 25:29-34 tells the story about Esau selling his birthright because he is hungry and despised it. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to ...
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Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest? [closed]

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 ...
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What is the significance of “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 18:...
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How was 'years' defined in the book of Genesis?

Genesis 5 clearly shows the number of years people lived from Adam to Noah. In the modern world, we know that 1 year equals to the number of days the earth revolves around the sun, but this knowledge ...
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What Christian groups believe sex was the original sin, and not disobedience?

There is a story in the Bible that Adam and Eve ate the fruit and thus sinned against God. But other religions, including some Christians, describe that they were having intercourse and that's why God ...
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What types of signs are given by the “lights in the expanse of the heavens”?

On the fourth day, God created lights in the expanse of the heavens for "signs", among other things. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the ...
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Is there any basis in Catholic theology or in the writings of major Catholic theologians for the belief that snakes used to have legs?

Catholicism has pretty much stated that the Genesis creation account is allegorical. The serpent talking to Eve was not an actual event, but a story. Yet I see and hear often from Christians the ...
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Why didn't God remove the rainbow? [closed]

I am told that the New Testament is the New Covenant. If that is so, why didn't God remove the rainbow that He made for the Jews. If the Old Covenant has gone away, how does the Church explain the ...
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Does Genesis 30:25-43 defy genetics?

Genesis 30:25-43 is the story about Jacob's flock increasing by making streaks on Laban's goats using wood branches, so that they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were ...
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What is the significance of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden? [closed]

If Adam and Eve were created perfect and without death (immortal), then what is the significance and purpose of the Tree of Life in the middle of the Garden of Eden?
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What is the difference between humans as “image of God” and Jesus as “image of God”?

What is the difference between humans as "image of God" and Jesus as "image of God" ? Humans are God's image: Genesis 1:26-27 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our ...
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If Adam is an allegorical character, which Bible character in messianic genealogy is the first real human?

Whenever a question is posed about Adam, Eve, or other characters and events described in the book of Genesis, inevitably some answers state that these events are allegorical. So I would like an ...
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Was the cave of Abraham in Shechem or Hebron?

Genesis 23:17-20 says: So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded to Abraham as his property in the ...
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How did Cain kill Abel?

Genesis 4:8 "Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out in the field.”* When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him." * [4:8] Let us go out in the field: to avoid ...
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What percentage of Christendom takes early Genesis in a literal sense?

This obviously varies massively between denominations and even within denominations. I am trying to assess what percentage of Christendom takes early Genesis absolutely literally (six-day creation ...
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What reasons does the Bible give for why the tribe of Levi was chosen to have the priesthood and temple duties?

What reasons does the Bible give for why the tribe of Levi was chosen to have the priesthood and temple duties? In Genesis 49:5-7 when Jacob was telling his children what will happen to them, he told ...
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How and when did the water come into being? [closed]

In Genesis 1:2, the Spirit of God is hovering over the face of the waters. So this is before creation, so where does water come from? why it exist before the first day? And if there is face of water, ...
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Are there two different creation accounts in the bible? [closed]

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?
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Is there any Christian theological model for a non-literal ark?

The most common debate about Noah's flood is whether the flood was global or local. I want to put this particular debate aside for a moment, and ask a different question: Did the flood happen at all? ...
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Why was the mark of Cain necessary? [closed]

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 ...
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Did Adam and Eve end up getting saved? [closed]

After answering a recent question, it occurred to me to ask: Is there any biblical evidence regarding whether Adam and Eve have been redeemed in some fashion (and are thus going to Heaven/the New ...
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How did Cain and Abel know to offer sacrifices before the Law of Moses?

Genesis 4 has always bothered me. The story of God accepting Abel's sacrifice and not Cain's has led me to wonder: How did they even know to sacrifice? Was this practice started by Adam? Or did God ...
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Three men appeared to Abraham in Genesis 18, was one Christophany? [closed]

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 ...
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Why did human lifespans drop after the Flood?

In Genesis 5, a brief account of the lives of Adam's descendants is narrated. All of them had long lives, for instance, Adam lived 930 years, Seth lived 912 years, etc. But in Genesis 6:3, God seems ...
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What is the purpose of the Tree of Life according to YEC?

According to Young-Earth creationism, what was the purpose of the Tree of Life? Genesis 3:22 says that it would make whomever were to eat from the tree immortal. But according to Young-Earth theology,...
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What evidence is there that the genealogies in the early part of Genesis refer to tribes instead of individuals?

One method of interpreting the genealogies in the early parts of Genesis is as not referring to actual individuals, but rather to tribes, nations, and groups of people represented by the names of ...
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What does childbearing have to do with the salvation of a woman? [closed]

Verse concerning saved: 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the ...
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Did God plan not to have any carnivores in his creation, and what is that teaching us? [closed]

Before the Flood man did not eat meat, and there were no carnivores: Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, ...
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How could Jacob wrestle with God if no one can see God and live?

Is this a contradiction? Or am I missing something. It seems strange to think one can "wrestle" with God. Genesis 32:30 (NIV): 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw ...
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Why did Lot's daughters seduce their father? [closed]

According to the Genesis 19:30-38, when Lot escaped out of Zoar, he went up to the mountains and settled in a cave. While in there, his daughters seduced him while he was drunk so that they could bear ...
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What was the Sin of Gomorrah?

We all know the sin of Sodom. But my question is, why was Gomorrah destroyed? Please give references to your answer.
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Are there other biblical examples of people turning into pillars of salt? [closed]

Are there more instances, in the Bible, of people turning into pillars of salt (Gen. 19:26) and does it have a specific meaning?
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Why did Lot's wife look back?

Genesis 19:15–26 (ESV) 15 As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” ...
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Was Adam anatomically God's image? [closed]

Under patronage and control of Pope Julius circa 1512, Michelangelo painted the fresco on the Sistine Chapel that shows the creation of Adam. The complementary poses of the two figures emphasize ...
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How do those who believe man is tripartite respond to Gen. 2:7, “the man became a living soul”?

Those who believe that man is bipartite (a soul consisting of body and spirit) cite Gen. 2:7 as proof that man does not have a soul, but rather, man is a soul. Consequently, they deny any assertion ...
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Do any Christian traditions hold the belief that Adam was androgynous?

Genesis 1:27 reads: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. The Hebrew word for "man" here is אָדָם (adam). This seems to imply ...
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What is the role of the Three Persons of the Godhead in creation?

Genesis 1:26, New International Version (NIV) reads: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, ...
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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)? Do ...
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What is the very least a Catholic needs to believe about Genesis 2 and 3?

There have been a couple skeptical questions asked here recently based off of what some people think are either false premises or assumptions or something. But I am still confused as to what the ...
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Who is the “Seed of the Serpent” spoken of in Genesis 3?

In Genesis 3, God curses the serpent Satan in the following words: The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast ...
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Are there other biblical references where angels are disguised as humans? [closed]

I was reading Genesis 19: Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed and in the first verse, two angels are greeted by Lot as they arrive at the gates of Sodom. But instead of the "do not be afraid" speech that ...
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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. ...
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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 years,...
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Of what value is this claim of 'We've found the ark' as evidence for the Noah story in Genesis 7? [closed]

This article makes the claim, "Noah's Ark Has Been Found. Why Are They Keeping Us In The Dark?" Of what value is this claim in terms of affirming the account in Genesis 7?
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Why did God have to rest? [duplicate]

Why did God have to rest on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 2:1–3), if He only had to say a few commandments on each day? Is not the 'rest' borne out of the fact that God did actively participate ...
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Did God give Moses visions of History and the Tabernacle on Mount Sinai? [closed]

After Moses spent forty days and nights on the mountain, he gave the people the requirements God had told him to say to the Israelites: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation unless ...
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What does it mean that Eve was beguiled?

In Genesis 3:13 (King James Version) we read that Eve was "beguiled": And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I ...
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Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, why the elaborate ruse?

Genesis chapter 42 - 45 recount story of Joseph tricking his brothers who are in Egypt to buy grain, into going back and forth several times from Canaan to Egypt in an attempt exonerate themselves in ...