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Genesis 3:1 – “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made." The term ‘subtle’ is often rendered ‘crafty’ or ‘shrewd’. The serpent had a keen intellect and was obviously beguiling to look at – beautiful and mesmerising. We are told that the serpent was cursed to crawl on its belly (Gen. 3:14) – which means ...


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It is in the first creation story (Genesis 1:1-2:4a) that God grants to mankind dominion over animals. In the second creation story, animals are created to be possible companions to Adam who, far from having dominion, is to be the servant of the earth. In the first story, the first people are given dominion over all living things: Genesis 1:28: And God ...


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How have historians and theologians explained how Moses wrote the Book of Genesis? Historians do not explain how Moses wrote the Book of Genesis, simply because the consensus of historians is both that Genesis is not historically accurate and that Moses did not write this Book. Although theologians are not in total agreement as to how Moses wrote the Book ...


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The sun and moon are the mother and father. I am also sure that Josephs father did not go without a wife. Read Deuteronomy, its boring as heck but truly insightful into how they did things. People place this sort of "things were different then" quality when they read the scripture but these scholars are not true historians. It is better to know more ...


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The serpent is Satan: And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. Revelation 20:2 But the animal itself was also cursed as you have pointed out. Some say it had wings: In order to accomplish his work unperceived, Satan chose to employ as his medium the serpent--a disguise ...


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Adam and Eve would have obviously known they were Naked - they did have EYES remember. But the first two people had just been created in their original state and so they were naked. Genesis 2:25 - "Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame." When a child comes out of the womb, they are obviously naked. Does a child feel ashamed of being ...


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On Nakedness and Shame In Gen. 2:25, it states "and the two of them were naked" (וַיִּֽהְיוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם עֲרוּמִּים), but it does not say that Adam and Eve knew they were naked (cp. Gen. 3:11). The statement that they were naked is merely an objective fact. Because they did not know they were naked, "they were not ashamed" (וְלֹא יִתְבֹּשָׁשׁוּ) (ibid). Yet, ...


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Considering when he was first created he was literally without sin, having not actually lived before, he would have been perfect for a time there. Also as far a his physical nature was concerned, it was perfect because he had a perfect genetic structure hand made by God and without blemish. Genesis 2:7 - "Then YHWH, God, formed a man from the dust of the ...


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One approach to this passage is to look at it generally literally, as Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown do. Regarding verse 28, they emphasize the fruitfulness of Canaan: To an Oriental mind, this phraseology implied the highest flow of prosperity. The copious fall of dew is indispensable to the fruitfulness of lands, which would be otherwise arid and ...


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It's important to keep in mind that the stories about the patriarchs are both stories about individuals and "national origin" stories giving an identity to the whole nation of Israel. So in the case of Jacob (also known as Israel), the promises get borne out (a) in his great success as a herdsman for his uncle Laban, accumulating a huge amount of personal ...


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This topic is so good. Love your comments. God cursed Cain specially for the murder of his brother Abel. God cursed the ground when Adam and Eve sinned, so that curse already existed. Noah was the first to sacrifice for sin. Then the law was put in place as a covering for sin which noone could keep because if you break one you have broken them all. When ...


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One prominent adherent to the idea of a local flood, Hugh Ross, has maintained that the flood of Noah wiped out all of humanity. "In both its linguistic and historical context, world in the Genesis passages refers not to the entire planet but rather to the “world” of people. So the Flood could have been worldwide without being global." Ross goes on to ...


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Local-flood proponents generally fall into one of two camps: That the narrative is told from the point of view of the author, and from the author's point of view, the flood covered the entire (known) earth. (One example). In this view, I believe the only logical explanation for your question would be that God's promise was taken to mean that this would ...


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The name of God, as we would think it today is YHWH (or YHVH, or Yahweh, or Jehovah, depending on how you want to translate the ancient Hebrew). The other names you are seeing are called 'names of God' in the Bible, but today we would think of them more as titles. Elohim is a particularly old one and frequently used in the Old Testament; some others are: ...


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The waters were created in the first line of genesis. In hebrew text, 'the heavens' is spelled the same as 'the two waters'. Therefore, god the spirit hovers to the surface of waters, because 2 waters have been created.


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In the Old Testament, "uncovering the nakedness of your father" was a euphemism that was used for having relations with his wife. The likely explanation for this passage, based on my own study and consulting numerous commentaries of Bible scholars, is that, while Noah was drunk and unaware of what was going on around him, Ham entered his father's tent and ...


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Sin can exist in the house of God house, no one throught that it was no one say it was adultrey . God don`t change his word or ways. Because we do . Let them stay is like God had accept . This sin it would have open door to sin. God has alway said one husband wife. Not husband wife and mistress and offspring. Sarah and Arbham sin against God. The lesson you ...


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Noah was not tasked with taking every single species on the whole planet. If you look at the animals that were taken in Genesis 6, they are all vertebrates. Vertebrates only compose about 3% of all the animal species in the world. http://animals.about.com/od/zoologybasics/a/howmanyspecies.htm Of this 3%, there were NO water dwelling species taken. Of that ...


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Genesis 2:5-6 indeed indicates that at one stage of the Earth's creation it did not rain, but instead it was watered from underground springs: Genesis 2:5 - "No shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, (6) but streams came up from the earth ...


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Augustine, for one: "Do you see that Abraham meets Three but bows down to One? ... Having beheld Three, he understood the mystery of the Trinity, and having bowed down to One, he confessed One God in Three Persons."



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