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

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Meanings of “Himself” in Hebrew (Isaiah 53:6 and Gen 22:8)

Question about a Hebrew grammatical allowance I heard of a long time ago and I cant remember where: In either if these two passages: Isaiah 53:6 (NKJV) "All we like sheep have gone astray; We have ...
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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

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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why are the majority of all images of christ Jesus, portrayed as being of white ethnicity? [duplicate]

why are the majority of images of Christ Jesus portrayed as being of white ethnicity
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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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Can this be a way to reconcile young earth creation with exploding stars 1 million light years away? [duplicate]

Can this be a way to reconcile young earth creation with exploding stars 1 million light years away? Since God is not constrained by time, does not God have the power to create stars at a time period ...
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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 ...
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How do Mormons view events like the Holocaust considering that they view Adam's fall as a move forward?

In Christianity in general, a common view of Adam's transgression has been that it was something bad that resulted not just in a loss of something good. Among the consequences of Adam's ...
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Why Sarah was angry to Abraham about Hagar [closed]

Why Sarah blamed Abraham when it was she who suggested to Abraham to take Hagar? I find Sarah's anger here to be unreasonable when it was her fault in the first place.
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Who was the people Cain was running away from and who did Cain and Abel got married with since they were first children [duplicate]

So if cain and Abel was the first two sons of Adam and eve , then who did Cain married after he killed Abel and also which people did Cain feared they were gonna killer him after he killed Abel and ...
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The chronology of Genesis in relation to language

Based on the following verses... Genesis 10:5 (From these the maritime peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with its own language.) The Hamites Genesis ...
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Is there any Denomination which think that the “serpent” at the beginning of his existence in Eden is not a bad being?

This question raised after my other question here Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you ...
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Why is the word “dragon” in the Bible?

I'm not asking about what is the dragon, it's the devil okay, but my question is why is it called "dragon", why dragons exists in the Bible, when they are nothing more than mythical creatures. ...
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If God created the sun and the moon on the fourth day what had been lighting the earth for three days? [duplicate]

Genesis 1:3‭-‬5 ERV Then God said, “Let there be light!” And light began to shine. He saw the light, and he knew that it was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God named the ...
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Where in the Biblical narrative does God first reveal himself as the only living and true god?

It seems upon course consideration that God has always taught that he is the only actual God. But upon closer inspection, it appears that God reveals himself to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as "El ...
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To the YEC, did God make a single male/female pair of each kind of animal?

Genesis 1:21-22 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird ...
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How do proponents of Original Sin support a strictly literal interpretation of Genesis

Many modern theologians who adhere to the doctrine of original sin are often proponents of the claim that Genesis is to be interpreted strictly literally (most strictly as a 7 day creation of a young ...
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Anah contradictions in Genesis

First I am going to post these 3 verses from Genesis (King James Bible): Genesis 36:2 : Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the ...
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Would men have ever sinned if Satan did not tempt Eve in the garden in the first place? [closed]

I talked with one of our fellowship members who had not been attending services recently. I then asked him how his spiritual life is. He told me he doesn't even know if God exist sometimes and said he ...
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What were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6, according to Mormons?

This is similar to this and this other question about the subject, but here I am interested in the LDS church point of view. It's about this passage in Genesis 6:2 (here according to KJV): That ...
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Adam and Eve, and the 10 Commandments

This question is regarding a part of an answer in a question on Hermeneutics.SE, Adam and Eve violated all 10 commandments in the garden. The 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1-7) You shall have no ...