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

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Has anybody ever seen God? [duplicate]

My friend is a very strong Atheist and has been now for nearly three and a half years and one of the contradictions he gives are between 1 John 4:12 where it says that no man has seen God but in ...
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What is Christian scholars' take on the `chicken-or-egg-first' riddle?

We read in Gen 1: 20-21 (NRSVCE): And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea ...
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Why were there negative consequences for becoming "like God" when God had already made mankind in the image of himself? [migrated]

I am of the Protestant church and seeking some understanding of a concept from the book of Genesis. I will try to summarize this as succinctly as I can. Genesis 1:27, states that God created mankind ...
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Why do Christians call the Sabbath Jewish when God was the one who started it?

In Gen. 2:2,3 we read: And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and ...
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What were pre-Islam interpretations of Ishmael?

He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” There is the notion now that the sons of ...
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Do Christian or Jewish traditions say something about the mark what was given to Cain by God to protect him from getting killed?

We read in Gen 4: 13-15: Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear! Today you have driven me away from the soil, and I shall be hidden from your face; I shall be a fugitive ...
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Was Joseph a prophet?

His ability to correctly interpret dreams which foretold the future (in Genesis 40-41) suggests the answer is "yes." But the fact that, unlike the patriarchs, God is never once recorded as ...
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Adam prophesied Christ & Church marriage?

Robert Grosseteste argues that Adam prophesied the mystical marriage of Christ with the Chirch in Genesis 2:24 and Ephesians 5:32 (Hunter, If Adam Had Not Sinned 2020, pp. 93-4): Adam prophesied, ...
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On what basis do some Protestants believe the angel of the Lord is the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ?

If they are identical, would this mean Jesus is a created angel or has always existed? In these two verses, it appears clear that the angel of the LORD is identical to the LORD. And the angel of the ...
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Why did Sarai & Abram have the slave Hagar?

Why did Sarai & Abram have the Egyptian slave/servant girl (שִׁפְחָ֥ה) Hagar?
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What is Ken Ham's opinion of denominations that allow for evolution and an old universe?

Background: I remember watching most of the Ken Ham vs Bill Nye debate back around 2013-2015. I found the whole thing pointless. My thought was like 'If the guy says (my interpretation of the) Bible ...
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Does the divine council in Psalm 82 correspond to different religions that we see in the world today? [closed]

I read the book Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser a few years ago. In that book, Dr. Heiser begins the book by talking about how Psalm 82 opened his eyes to the council of multiple gods in the divine ...
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What are the implications of Gen 1:26 which speaks of God having already thought of the name “humankind” before He created man?

We hear God the Creator saying in Gen 1:26( NRSVCE) Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness;.... Interestingly, all other things God created would be named only after they had ...
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What is the Catholic Church's view on the appointment of theologians by NASA to study the impact of belief in ETs, in the context of Gen 6:1-3?

Of late, there has been a news on the appointment of theologians by NASA to study the impact of belief in the existence of alien life, on human beings , at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/heavens-...
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According to SDA understanding did Methuselah preach just before the flood?

According to one comment from EGW (SDA) in Genesis 6 she lumps Methuselah and Noah together as having preached to the people prior to the flood. Here is the following quote from EGW on her comment on ...
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Was it on the basis of the devastation of the flood that man was allowed animal flesh?

Genesis 9:3 NASB 3 Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I have given everything to you, as I gave the green plant. In the narrative in Genesis 9 after the flood man is allowed to ...
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Do Christians believe that Adam and Eve were Christians?

I don't think I have ever heard either a Christian or a Jew or anyone else really refer to Adam and Eve by their race/religion. It appears as if they are considered "pre-race" or "pre-...
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According to Catholicism, was Adam with Eve when the serpent tempted her?

Genesis 3 says that the serpent addressed the woman: Gen. 3:1 "the serpent […] said to the woman" Gen. 3:4 "the serpent said to the woman" Gen. 3:6 is that chapter's first ...
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Are there any remains/fossils after Noah's flood?

As its considered that the flood happened on a global scale at Noah's time and its occurrence; are there any human (considerable account) & animal fossils/remains (apart from the ship) that ...
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Did Adam need to have faith for his salvation?

As ridiculous as this question may sound, I believe it has some point. Did Adam need to have faith for his salvation? If yes, what kind of faith? Definitely, he didn't need to have faith in the ...
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How to interpret Genesis 1:1, given it is a Young Earth, and Old(er) Universe?

I've been studying Genesis 1, and a lot comes down to interpreting Genesis 1:1 correctly. I googled this for quite a bit, but I'm not making much progress. Basically, I've come to the conclusion that ...
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Genesis 2:17 and free will

One of the most flexible Christian answers to the Problem of evil (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_evil) is that God must allow the possibility of evil for Men to be free (although I would ...
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In Genesis 2:17, is God telling a lie for a greater good?

Please be aware that my knowledge of theology is very limited, and thus can make my question naive I was under the impression that the end should not justify the means in the spirit of the Bible. ...
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Which mountain is the "Prophet Mountain" Anne Catherine Emmerich mentions in her writings?

In writing down her visions of the Creation and Fall of Man and of all Biblical events, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich mentions a Prophet Mountain from where she has seen Paradise, she writes. Is ...
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Why did knowledge of good and evil result in death?

In Genesis 2:17 God said to Adam: "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) Why ...
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According to Young Earth Creationism, how did carnivores come into existence?

According to Young Earth Creationism, were all animals vegetarian/vegan before the fall? If so, how did carnivores come into existence? Did carnivores evolve from vegetarian ancestors? Were carnivores ...
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According to the Young Earth Creationism, why there is still the darkness after God created the light and what does it mean Gen 1:4?

Genesis 1:4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness There is an empty room with a 1000 watt light bulb which is off if someone turn on that light from outside ...
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In what form did water exist before the creation of light? [duplicate]

We read in Genesis how God created heavens, earth and light : "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the ...
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Why does Genesis not specifically mention the creation of water?

We read of the first day of Creation in Gen 1:1-4: "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a ...
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If multiple languages cause confusion and scattering, why speak in many 'tongues'?

In Genesis 11:9 we see that humanity had a single purpose, a single city and a single 'tower'. However that purpose and the following construction were in discord to Deity, thus the Lord 'scattered ...
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For those who believe there was no historical Adam and Eve, how does Christianity make sense?

How can Christianity make sense without a literal Adam and Eve? I have heard many Christians (particularly Catholics) try and be conciliatory with modern science by claiming that Adam and Eve were not ...
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What is the oldest copy of Genesis 26, and is there a place to see a side-by-side translation? thanks

What is the oldest copy of Genesis 26, and is there a place to see a side-by-side translation? thank you!
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How can Genesis 1:1-13 have days without the sun? [duplicate]

If the Sun is important source to complete a Day(24 hrs), then how it is possible to complete for the first three days Genesis 1:1-13 without Sun?
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When did animals begin to die?

When did animals begin to die? Did animals begin slowly dying at the time of the fall of Adam and Eve or had it happened earlier at the fall of Satan, which may be what Romans 8:20 is hinting at? For ...
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If Adam and Eve have not sin, would there be any population on earth? [closed]

In the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were innocent until they both ate the fruit of knowledge and evil and the curtain of their innocence were exposed and realised that they were naked. Having said ...
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God's patience towards the demons in 1 Peter 3

I understand that there are three popular interpretations of 1 Peter 3:18-20. Jesus preached salvation, a second proclamation of grace to those who are in Hell. Similarly, Jesus preached to those in ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Mary being the Tree of Life?

The following is taken from True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort: If Mary, the Tree of Life, is well cultivated in our soul by fidelity to this devotion, she will in due time bring forth ...
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Does anyone know the name of the pharaoh that Joseph brought his family to meet?

Jacob and his house of 70 Jacob in Egypt, Wikipedia According to Wikipedia, Jacob brought 70 people to an Egyptian pharaoh. Israel and his entire house of 70, gathered up with all their livestock and ...
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Protoevangelium (Genesis 3:15) translational differences

When reading on Biblical Prophecies, a big one is Genesis 3:15. The Douay-Rheims translation says "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy ...
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Why do some seek 'two beginnings' in scripture?

There are arguments which I have observed which would seek to assert different occasions, or times or phases (depending on how the argument is worded) regarding Genesis 1:1 : In the beginning God ...
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Is Pre-Adamism considered heretical by any mainstream denominations?

I came across an article on the existence of Pre-Adamite beings. The article refutes their existence but claims it is a belief held by "many evangelicals". As far as I can find, no major ...
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Which day of Creation Week were the stars created?

This question is directed to those who believe the entire universe was created just 6000 years ago (approx) during "creation week" of Gen 1. Question: On which day was the universe (all ...
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How Did Ussher Determine That the World Began on "Sunday Evening, October 23, 4004 B.C."?

One of the more famous estimates of the age of the earth was given by James Ussher in 1656, who, based on a literal biblical interpretation, concluded that the world began on Sunday evening, October ...
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If God know everything prior to its happen then was God unable to know that Adam and Eve will sin? If He knew then why did He kept that there? [duplicate]

God knows everything. He must have known that Adam and Eve will sin. So why did He knowing that they will sin made that situation to happen?
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Genesis 3:22 inconsistent with singularity of god [duplicate]

Genesis 3:22 says: Then the LORD God said, "See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and ...
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Genesis 22:12 - "..."for I know that you fear God..," what is the possible "interpretation" in consistent with God's sovereign foreknowledge? [closed]

Can the interpretation be: God is saying God's foreknowledge is justified? Or "not caused thee(Abraham?) to know"(Augustine), or "caused others to know(Lange), or "...
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Was Eden different from the rest of the world? [closed]

Gen 2:8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. This could sound like Eden was a special place, planted after Adam's creation, and different ...
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Did Mosaic covenants follow Ancient Near East Suzerain Treaties or was it the other way around?

I often heard theologians said that Mosaic covenant followed the structure of Ancient Near East (ANE) treaties that were there in Moses' time. For example, here is the view of Meredith Kline: Suzerain ...
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How many persons did create the world? [closed]

In Genesis 1 it says "Let us.." So how many persons have to be it at least? At least two or at least three?
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Does Hebron means Hebrew?

Is Hebron referred to Hebrew? In Genesis 39:17 → The Hebrew Servant → Here Joseph is called as a Hebrew. So this is my understanding that → Joseph's great grandfather Abraham was from Hebron → ...
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