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

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Did Shechem rape Dinah in Genesis 34:2? [migrated]

Some translations word Genesis 34:2 to say that he raped her, but others don't. My Strong's definition for him laying with her seems inconclusive. Is there anything else that would shed light on ...
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How can you have a morning and evening without a sun? [duplicate]

Genesis 1. It seems to me that those who hold to the day being 24 hours insist on a literal interpretation. I believe in a literal one also. However, I do have questions about in which away to be ...
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Based on Luke 3:22 & 1:39-41, Genesis 1:2, the 'Holy Spirit' was already here, so who does John 16:7, 16:13-14, John 14:26 talk about?

I have seen some similar questions, however, this is slightly different. The passages in John cannot be referring to the 'Holy Spirit' as it was here already, Jesus in John is talking about someone ...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

It seems fairly common for Christians to refer to Adam and Eve has being husband and wife. In particular, when (in my experience, evangelical) Christians are discussing questions of sex and marriage, ...
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The bronze snake in numbers and the serpent Lucifer [closed]

In Numbers 21:4-9, Moses makes a bronze serpent on a stick to heal the Hebrews' snake bites, as per God's instructions. They don't worship it, but they are to look at it in order to live. Why did God ...
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Jehovah Witnesses teach that Michael the arch-angel is Jesus. So did Michael swear the oath to Abraham at Genesis 22:15-17?

My point is why does Michael the arch-angel swear an oath on behalf of God and multiply Abraham's seed at Genesis 22:16-17 in light of what Hebrews 6:13-14 states? "For when God made the promise to ...
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Will Adam and Eve be resurrected to eternal life or are they dead forever?

Ge 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (KJV) The penalty for sin is death. Ge 3/19 In ...
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What is the general interpretation of God creating the humans “in his image”? [closed]

I'm not sure I understand what this means, neither in English nor my native language. "In his image", as I interpret it, means that God intends to create an entity identical in looks and powers to ...
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The first conception or the first coitus?

Genesis 4:1 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord." Why do some theologians (...
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Understanding of “clean” and “unclean” animals before dietary laws

In Genesis 7:2 we read Of every clean beast thou shall take... Up until this point God never revealed the basis for His distinction between clean and unclean animals. Does it mean the ...
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Repetition of “and he begat sons and daughters:”

While reading Genesis 5, we can read the development of human race from Adam to Noah, bridging the gap between the two. During that passage, there's an expression mentioned often (...) and he ...
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Was God discovered or did He reveal Himself?

If He was revealed, why did He wait so long to reveal Himself? Humans have been around for 100,000+ years.
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According to Catholicism and Revelation are we going to be able to eat meat in Heaven or the Garden of Eden?

Will be able to eat meat or will we be like Adam and Eve eating a non-meat based diet in heaven or the Garden of Eden?
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How does Catholic Church explain the phrase “ Ïn the beginning ” in Genesis and Gospel of John?

We read at Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth.. " We also read at John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." ...
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Issue comprehending Genesis and the Great Flood

Ok so just from an empirically measurable perspective, we know that inbreeding leads to deformed offspring, why didn't this happen with Adam and Eve, and Noah and whoever he choose to go on board the ...
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How do Protestant Christians explain gender dysphoria/transgenderism?

The Scripture mentions homosexual practises a lot but Scripture seems silent about transsexualism. This question is asking answers from a Protestant perspective preferably those who uphold the ...
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Christian apologetics regarding the killing of innocent children during the Genesis flood [closed]

I'm trying to catalog the various justifications that are put forth when it is claimed that killing innocent children in the Genesis flood was some combination of immoral, cruel, or unjust. Here are ...
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Do any Christian traditions exist as to what type of animal skin did God clothe Adam and Eve with?

I must be alone to understand that since man failed to listen to God more than the female that both failed to be innocent, Therefore not being as lambs in spiritual dogma they must have been dressed ...
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Who documented biblical events before Moses?

From the creation until the time of Moses, who documented the events? Abraham? Prophets? Priests?
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How long were Jacob and Rachel married?

For various reasons, I've always wondered how long Jacob and Rachel were married before her death. Rachel's death (shortly after giving birth to Benjamin) is record in Genesis 35:16-18. As a result ...
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Were all Nephilim evil?

The Bible speaks of the Nephilim as the offspring of the “sons of God and daughters of men” in books such as: Genesis, Enoch, and a couple others. It does explain that they bred from evil beings, but ...
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How do YECs interpret waters above the expanse in Genesis 1?

According to Protestant Young Earth Creationists what are the waters above the expanse in Genesis 1? Day four says the expanse contains the stars sun and moon so I do not think it can be the ...
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Why doesn't the Bible also say a woman should leave her parents to be united to the husband?

Why does the Bible in Gen 1:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh only point to the man leaving his parents and ...
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The water and light in Genesis 1:1-3

The Nicene Creed says that Jesus was "begotten before the ages" (begotten not made). Col 1:15 calls Jesus the ""Firstborn of all creation," Proverbs 8:22 says that, referring to wisdom, it was ...
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What does Genesis 3:16 mean? [closed]

In Genesis 3:16 God says to Eve Your desire will be for your husband… What exactly does that mean?
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Did Lot's daughters rape Lot?

I read this horrifying article that sounds like victim blaming. I think this is like how rape victims are told they got raped because of they way they dressed, of where or when they went or, like Lot, ...
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How many wives did Adam have?

Genesis 1:26 says: 26 Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, ...
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Were Adam and Eve ever given the permission by God to procreate?

If it was wrong to know that you were naked. How could it be right to procreate. Procreation is caused massive chaos in the world. It is also responsible for overpopulation of the universe. And also ...
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What was the first light in Genesis 1?

When going through the book of the beginnings(Genesis) chapter 1. It appears two sun's were created or two moons. What was the first light from "let there be light" before the other two lights that ...
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According to the Catholic Church, who was God talking to, at Babel?

At Genesis 11: 5-7 we read: " The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the Lord said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is ...
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Who would Cain be worried about slaying him in Gen 4:14? Up till this point, all that are mentioned are Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel [duplicate]

Were there other people outside of Eden before Adam and Eve had to leave?
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Can time dilation be used to reconcile Young Earth Creationism and scientific evidence, regarding the age of the Earth?

Young Earth Creationism posits that the Earth is much younger than scientific evidence suggests. My question is, could time dilation be used to explain and reconcile the apparent differences? Time ...
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Was Adam blaming Eve?

Genesis 3:12 says: The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” I've heard several people interpret this verse as Adam blaming God and / or ...
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Why does Satan collect souls that are subservient to him according to mainstream Christian scriptures?

Pardon my ignorance, I'm by birth a non-christian and just trying to learn...keeping up with the philosophy of this stack-exchange forum. According to Christian, Gnostic/Book of Q or other Abrahamic ...
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Which was written first Noah’s Flood or the Gilgamesh Epic?

I am finding conflicting information on the web... Was it Book of Genesis or the Gilgamesh Epic that was written first?
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Latter Day Saints, Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden

It was pointed out in this answer and this answer that in the book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:22-23 it states And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have ...
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From Genesis to Exodus - is God dealing with Israelites or Jews?

Finished reading Genesis and now that I'm on Exodus, I get the impression God is dealing with Israelites and not Jews. Is this because Jacob was given the name Israel, so all his descendants were ...
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What is the envy of Satan to Adam & Eve that resulted in the entry of death in the Garden of Eden?

Wisdom 2:23-25 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA) 23 For God created man incorruptible, and to the image of his own likeness he made him. 24 But by the envy of the devil, death came into the ...
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Wouldn't evil have already existed on Earth before Adam and Eve?

We all know the story of Adam and Eve causing the first original sin by eating from the Tree of Life. However, Lucifer became Satan before Adam and Eve were even created, he was casted down to Earth ...
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Why would angels climb a stairway if they have wings?

I was just reading about Jacob's Dream at Bethel and I had a question: Why would angels be ascending and descending a stairway (or a ladder, in other versions of the Christian Bible) from Earth to ...
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Does the word “touch” in Genesis 3:3 orginate from Eve or Satan?

The Serpent's Deception The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruitof the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You must not eat of ...
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The Genesis gap and Re-creation

I have stumbled on this essay (The Genesis Gap) on the site ichthys from which I am quoting a passage: ....5. The Timing of the Satanic Rebellion: Finally, it should be mentioned that, in ...
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What particular action that is in excess to God's Permissive Will did Satan commit in the Garden of Eden?

Reading God's judgement on Adam & Eve and Satan would allow us to see and understand that Satan had done something in excess that merited not just a punishment but a "curse". We can see from the ...
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An explanation from Calvinist about why Cain's offering is not accepted by God?

This question is following the question before, where Calvin said : We must, however, notice the order here observed by Moses; for he does not simply state that the worship which Abel had paid ...
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Was Abel regenerated before the offering according to the Calvinist?

Genesis 4:4–5 [Berean Study Bible] (4) The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering (5) but He had no regard for Cain and his offering I'm in the middle of conversation with a Calvinist ...
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Why is “She” used in the Douay-Rheims translation of Genesis 3:15?

So this portion of scripture is very famous and important, its called the "proto-evangelum". It is often counted as the first spoken promise of salvation from God to man. Here is the verse in a ...
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Scientific contradictions in bible [closed]

The problems are:- In the Book of genesis it is said that the Universe was created in 6 days. But from the scientific perspective it is impossible. It took billions of years. Also the chronology the ...
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Why did God spare Abraham's child but not Jephthah's?

I am confused why God stopped Abraham from murdering his son in Genesis 22 but not Jephthah's daughter in Judges 11 - 12. I also find it especially weird because in the KJV, Jephthah made the vow ...
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Who, how many are the authors of the book of Genesis? [closed]

How credible are its authors? The rest of the Bible is mostly a book of History many events of which can be checked out with other sources, while the doctrinal parts are often the work of a well ...
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At what moment did humans become sinful?

At what moment did humans become sinful? Precisely, at what moment did humans acquire sinful passions? According to my knowledge of how the Eastern Orthodox Christians view the matter of sin, the sin ...

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