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

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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?

A lot of Christians (Protestants) do not allow transsexuals to undergo medical transition. The Scripture mentions homosexual practises a lot but Scripture seems silent about transsexualism. This ...
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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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Did the children of Adam an Eve marry each other? [duplicate]

Where in the bible does it tell us how and who Adam an Eve's children had children with?
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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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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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According to YEC, did all plants and trees survive the Great Flood? If so, how?

We read: Genesis 9:17-21: 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. ...
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Prior to the scientific consensus regarding the age of mankind, were there any theologians who argued that the date of Adam's creation was unknowable?

Prior to modern scientific consensus regarding the age of mankind, were there any theologians who argued that the chronology in Genesis 1-11 could not be used to calculate the date of Adam's creation?
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If the flood was recent and local, then when did humans become omnivores?

After the flood, in Genesis 9:2-3, God gives humans permission to begin eating animals. We are finding traces of human civilization going back tens of thousands of years for Native Americans, so they ...
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Did God commit injustice by punishing the serpent if the action of the serpent is based on God's providence? (Roman Catholic perspective)

In Genesis 3:14 "The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you ...
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What is according to the RCC the creation story in Genesis? [duplicate]

Is the creation of Adam and eve a real event in history or is this just a story which actually never really happened and can it according to RCC also be seen as a methaphore? Or is it 'just' a ...
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Why do human beings have enmity towards snakes? (Catholic perspective)

Following is an excerpt from an article appearing in LiveScience: Fear of snakes is one of the most common phobias, yet many people have never seen a snake in person. New research suggests humans ...
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to the literalist (YEC), question about the name “LORD”

In Genesis 2 and 3, the story-teller (the author) use "LORD" (Yahweh) several times. To me, the situation by the time the author wrote/tell the story read in Genesis 2 - at least some people live at ...
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According to Catholicism, why was Adam alone given the charge of naming the animals and birds?

Genesis 2:18–20 (NRSVCE) says: "Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” So out of the ground the Lord God formed every ...
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Where does Augustine say that Adam and Eve were in Eden for just six hours before sinning?

In Calvin's Commentary on Genesis, he spends some time dealing with the question of how long Adam and Eve were in the garden of Eden together before they sinned. He writes: The opinion has been ...
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How is the earth soon after God turn the light on according to the literalist / YEC?

Genesis 1:2 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. Is the other half of earth dark? My understanding is that when the light was created, then (logically) the other half of the ...
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LDS Church view: was the earth and all life on it created in six 24-hour days?

I was looking for information on whether, according to the LDS Church, the "days" in Genesis chapter 1 are literal 24-hour days or something else. I found this article at lds.org (aimed at a younger ...
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What does the term ' a wind from God' as used at Genesis 1:2 (NRSVCE) imply?

Genesis 1:2 (NRSVCE) reads : the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. The same verse in New King James ...
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Who is “you” in Genesis 3:15 according to the Calvinist?

I have a "connected" question before in here. And I think I made a mistake to ask a question like that directly. So, I will start here first : Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the ...