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

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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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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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Who are the origin of Hebrew people and the land ? Genesis 40:15

I found the word Hebrew appear in Genesis 40:15 New International Version I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a ...
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The Jehovah’s Witnesses state that Jesus was God's first creation? How do they reconcile that with Genesis 1:26, Genesis 2:15-18?

They state in this Watchtower Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was alone. Countless ages ago, however, God became a Creator. Who was his first creation? The last ...
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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 ...
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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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