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

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What is the basis for translating the serpent in Gen. 3 as a being of light?

I've read two books that mentioned that the serpent in Genesis 3:1 which tempted Eve could have been rendered as a "shining one" or being of light rather than a serpent. Is there really a basis for ...
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What is the Biblical definition of Marriage? [closed]

The word marriage is used 19 times in the Bible, but even after much research I have been unable to determine exactly God's definition of marriage. Can someone direct me to any Scriptures which will ...
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Why wasn't Noah's wife name revealed?

How do Catholic theologians explain that there is no name for Noah's wife? She is mentioned multiple times in the book of Genesis and she kept everything in order in the ark for 12 months, so I think ...
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Genesis 28:18 Where Did Jacob Get the Oil?

Genesis 28:18 New International Version (NIV) 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. Do you have ...
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Did God assign pain to women in childbirth at the fall, and if not-what then? [closed]

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. ...
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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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What does it mean that someone managed to live beyond 120 years?

God Himself limited a human's lifespan to 120 years, as told in the following verse: Genesis 6:3 (NLT) 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they ...
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Biblical creation [closed]

I need to know what the bible specifically states concerning the creation story? I know it has six days (although I find this pretty confusing and ascientific) I am doing a thing on this for school. ...
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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? ...
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Tower of Babel dispersion after the Table of Nations?

Genesis 11 has the story of the Tower of Babel, which is the event which caused all the nations to be dispersed into the World. But the chapter before, Genesis 10, called the Table of Nations, ...
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Does Cain still have descendants on the earth?

According to Genesis 5: 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other ...
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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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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 ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Satan was the serpent in the Garden of Eden?

This seems to be the generally accepted belief, and it's taught to children in Sunday School in many churches, but is there biblical basis for it? Here's the actual text: 1 Now the serpent was ...
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Why does Paul reference Genesis in 1 Timothy 2:13-14? [migrated]

13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. I've read that he is saying that history is repeating itself when ...
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What is the interpretation of the bow in the cloud after the Flood?

After the Flood abates, God reassures Noah that it was a one time event: Genesis 9:13 (ESV) I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. The ...
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Genesis's Order of Events: Is there Unanimous Consent Among the Fathers?

Is there unanimous consent* among the Fathers of the Church who interpreted Genesis that the order of events as described in Genesis actually occurred in the order Genesis describes them? I know yom ...
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Did God change the DNA and genetics of Adam's rib?

I recently read an article which talked about Mitochondrial DNA, and it placed quite a bit of emphasis on how different female DNA was from male DNA. It even went so far as to say that Mitochondrial ...
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How could Adam and Eve have known not to eat from the Tree of Good and Evil?

How could Adam and Eve have known not to eat from the Tree of Good and Evil? As it was said that Adam and Eve did not know right from wrong. Genesis 3:22: And the LORD God said, "The man has now ...
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What does Revelation 6:12 mean?

I've always thought that in Revelation 6:12 where it says: I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair... ... that ...
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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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Do any Early Church Fathers ever argue that the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 2:9) is the Law/ Torah?

Did any early Church fathers ever reason that the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 2:9) either is or symbolizes the Torah/ Law?
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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 ...
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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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Order of Creation and headship [closed]

If the man is the head of a woman (1 Corinthians 11:3) because Adam was created first (1 Corinthians 11:8), then by the same logic would animals be the head of man, because animals were created before ...
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What was the Birthright?

What, specifically, did Esau lose when he lost the birthright, and what did Jacob gain? What did the birthright represent, and why was it so highly prized by Jacob?
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Did Adam and Eve ever practice animal sacrifice?

Genesis 8:20 (NIV) Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. Noah sacrificed burnt offerings. What ...
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Which came first, Man or Animal?

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 does God command us to have children?

Genesis 1:28 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Have many children. Fill the earth and take control of it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds ...
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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?
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Did God create man to be gods themselves? [closed]

Genesis 1:26-28 says: 26 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, over the livestock and all the ...
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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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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.” ...
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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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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" ...
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Why does childbirth still hurt?

I am wondering the following: In Genesis, 3.16, it is quite clear that God multiplies the pain of childbirth, in order to punish Eve (and all women) for eating the forbidden fruit. So, yes, this ...
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What is the difference between Abraham's and Sarah's laugh after the LORD's promise?

In the bible we can see two events, In Genesis the LORD promised Abraham and Sarah a son, but we can see they both laughed. case 1: Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, "Will a ...
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Why did God need to plant the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden in the first place? [closed]

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 ...
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What kind of man is righteous in our times? [closed]

In Genesis about Abram is said,that he was a righteous man of his time. So I'm interested what are the traits of righteous man in our times? (It's my first question here, can sound as dilettante but ...
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What did God mean by having dominion over animals?

What did God mean for man to do when he said in Genesis 1:26 when he said man should take dominion over all the Animals? Are there any practical examples cited by prominent theologians that would ...
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Did God create Adam and Eve with free will and knowledge of right and wrong (good and evil)?

I just want to confirm based on scripture if God made Adam and Eve with both free will and knowledge of good and evil (right and wrong) or if one came after the other when they ate the forbidden ...
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What is the significance of the names of the 4 rivers in the Garden of Eden?

What is the significance of the names of the 4 rivers in the Garden of Eden, mentioned in Genesis (English Standard Version Bible)? Do they all correspond to actual rivers today? I know the 3rd, ...
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How do Theistic Evolutionists reconcile that Eve was called the “…mother of all living?”

What is the Theistic Evolutionist's interpretation of this passage which seems to indicate that Eve was the first mother, and therefore the mother of all humanity? Genesis 3:20 ESV The man called ...
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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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Are there any denominations that accept the gap theory?

Some Christians have expressed doubt about a literal 24 hour day, before the sun and moon were created in: Genesis 1:16 KJV And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and ...
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Did Adam and Eve have children in paradise?

I was just reading the account of Adam and Eve in the NIV 84 and it doesn't really say they didn't. The Bible does mention when Sarah had her first boy. When Mary had her first son. But not really ...
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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 very least a Catholic needs to believe about Genesis 2 and 3?

There have been a couple skepctical 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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Does the Bible speak of Cain's actions [closed]

Seth was the son of Adam and Eve and brother to Cain who killed Able! Was Seth the father of Noah? Was Seth murdered in front of his son Noah by Cain?
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What does the curse on the serpent mean?

When God cursed the Earth He also cursed the serpent. Genesis 3:14 NASB The Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every ...