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

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Who told Eve about the fruit?

How could Eve know not to eat from the fruit when there are no lines of verse showing she was ever told? It said "God told the man..." Eve wasn't made until later. I've checked several versions. Is ...
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Who first described Pentecost as a reversal of Babel?

In Spiritual Maturity, J. Oswald Sanders describes Pentecost as a reversal of Babel. An online search shows this to be a link made by others, and in a related thesis on the topic, Paul J. Pastor goes ...
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When omniscient God had a plan for Jesus, why did God think of killing everyone?

There seems to be a contradiction between these two verses. So the LORD said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created--and with them the animals, the birds and the ...
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Did GOD create pathogens after the sin of Adam and Eve? [closed]

Did GOD create pathogens after the sin or fall of Adam and Eve?
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Why do some translations render Genesis 3:8 with “the voice of the Lord” while others don't? Is it a reference to Jesus?

Genesis 3:8, depending on the translation, says one of two things with regards to what Adam and Eve heard: They heard "the voice of the Lord" walking in the garden or The sound of the Lord God as ...
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Is there any basis in Catholic theology or in the writings of major Catholic theologians for the belief that snakes used to have legs?

Catholicism has pretty much stated that the Genesis creation account is allegorical. The serpent talking to Eve was not an actual event, but a story. Yet I see and hear often from Christians the ...
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How was 'years' defined in the book of Genesis?

Genesis 5 clearly shows the number of years people lived from Adam to Noah. In the modern world, we know that 1 year equals to the number of days the earth revolves around the sun, but this knowledge ...
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If Adam is an allegorical character, which Bible character in messianic genealogy is the first real human?

Whenever a question is posed about Adam, Eve, or other characters and events described in the book of Genesis, inevitably some answers state that these events are allegorical. So I would like an ...
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What percentage of Christendom takes early Genesis in a literal sense?

This obviously varies massively between denominations and even within denominations. I am trying to assess what percentage of Christendom takes early Genesis absolutely literally (six-day creation ...
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What is the purpose of the Tree of Life according to YEC?

According to Young-Earth creationism, what was the purpose of the Tree of Life? Genesis 3:22 says that it would make whomever were to eat from the tree immortal. But according to Young-Earth theology,...
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What evidence is there that the genealogies in the early part of Genesis refer to tribes instead of individuals?

One method of interpreting the genealogies in the early parts of Genesis is as not referring to actual individuals, but rather to tribes, nations, and groups of people represented by the names of ...
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Is there any Christian theological model for a non-literal ark?

The most common debate about Noah's flood is whether the flood was global or local. I want to put this particular debate aside for a moment, and ask a different question: Did the flood happen at all? ...
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How do those who believe man is tripartite respond to Gen. 2:7, “the man became a living soul”?

Those who believe that man is bipartite (a soul consisting of body and spirit) cite Gen. 2:7 as proof that man does not have a soul, but rather, man is a soul. Consequently, they deny any assertion ...
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Why did human lifespans drop after the Flood?

In Genesis 5, a brief account of the lives of Adam's descendants is narrated. All of them had long lives, for instance, Adam lived 930 years, Seth lived 912 years, etc. But in Genesis 6:3, God seems ...
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Why was the first man called Adam?

I have started reading the Bible and I have found that in Genesis 2.19 the first man is already called Adam without any previous reference to this name. But when it comes to Eve there is a clear ...
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What is the role of the Three Persons of the Godhead in creation?

Genesis 1:26, New International Version (NIV) reads: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, ...
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Why did God have to rest? [duplicate]

Why did God have to rest on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 2:1–3), if He only had to say a few commandments on each day? Is not the 'rest' borne out of the fact that God did actively participate ...
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What is the Biblical basis for man being created perfect, or for man not being created perfect?

I often hear that man was created perfect. Yet Genesis 3:7 says that "they knew that they were naked." Additionally, Genesis 2:25 says they were "naked yet not ashamed." Also, Genesis 2:18 says ...
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In what way was Isaac's blessing on Jacob manifested?

In Genesis 27, when elderly Isaac thought he was blessing his son Esau, but he was actually blessing his son Jacob through the deceit of Jacob's mother, he said to Jacob: See, the smell of my son ...
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The names of our god and meanings [duplicate]

From the bible I learned many names of god, such as EL, EL ELYON, YHVH. Does it imply us that god has many sons? From some sacred named such as Michael, Gabriel, I guess that the name of god is EL, ...
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How do local flood proponents explain God's promises to never do it again?

Some Christians believe that Noah's Flood was a local event, and that the author of the Flood narrative never intended it to be understood as global in scope. My question is, how then would we ...
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Clarification about “sons of God” who caused flood? [duplicate]

In Genesis 6:2, it says, "the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose." I thought that the only Son of God was Jesus. Does this mean that ...
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If Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are patriarchs, then what are Adam, Abel, Enoch, and Noah?

If I understand correctly, the people in Genesis 12-50 are known as patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc...), but not the people in 1-11 (Adam, Enoch, Noah, etc...) Is there a term that refers ...
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Lot's virgin daughters had husbands

According to Genesis 19:7-8 (NASB), Lot offered his virgin daughters to the men of the city so they would not sodomize the visiting angels: 7 “Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly. 8 Now ...
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What does it meant that Jesus “breathed on them”?

I always tried to visualize the moment when, after Resurrection, Jesus gave Holy Spirit to Apostles: So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And ...
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Why was Ham cursed for seeing his father naked? [closed]

In Genesis 9:22-25, Ham's son Canaan was cursed because Ham saw his father (Noah) naked. I don't understand why. Is there something implied by the passage that is not stated?
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Who is Enoch's mother? How is Enoch born? [duplicate]

Adam and Eve had two children Cain and Abel. Cain killed Abel. There is no knowledge about a female companion for Cain(male) in the Bible. Genesis 4:17 Cain had a son Enoch. Who is Enoch's mother? ...
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Is all the land in the universe called Earth?

The other day, me and my friends were discussing about End times pertaining to Mat 24, and came across this verse "My words are always true and always here with you. Heaven and earth will pass ...
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How did Cain kill Abel?

Genesis 4:8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out in the field.”* When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. * [4:8] Let us go out in the field: to avoid ...
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Why did a loving God ask Abraham to kill his own son? [closed]

An agnostic asked me why did a loving God ask Abraham to kill his own son? I told him it was a test from God. Did answer him correctly? I did not say anymore
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Was Adam anatomically God's image, as Michelangelo's painting seems to indicate? [closed]

Under the patronage of Pope Julius circa 1512, Michelangelo painted The Creation of Adam, seen below, in the Sistine Chapel. The painting shows both God and Adam as adult men with navels, and the ...
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Genesis 1:3; 1:5 and 1:16 [duplicate]

This is a simple question but it's making me confused. In Genesis 1:3 God created light. In Genesis 1:5 "And the evening and the morning were the first day." In 1:16 "Genesis 1:16: And God made two ...
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Was chaos the initial state of the earth at creation? [closed]

We read in Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved ...
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What is the reason for differences for Genesis 3:9 among Bible translations? [closed]

Why Genesis 3:9 have different wordings in different Bible versions? For example: " And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?" " But the LORD God called to the man and ...
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Why is God on Sarah's side when she asked Abraham to cast out Hagar and Ishmael? [closed]

The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham,...
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How were the Nephilim still in existence after the flood? [duplicate]

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the ...
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Is Genesis 18 regarded as a Theophany of the Trinity by any denomination?

Abraham addresses the three visitors as LORD. Is there any group of Christians that understands this as a theophany of the Trinity? Genesis 18:1-2 NASB 1 Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of ...
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What is the meaning of 'the Sun and the Moon' in Joseph's dream?

And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it ...
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Is it true that people in the Genesis and Exodus are only given promises for future blessings?

It seems like in Genesis and Exodus that God gave people promises of blessings in the future, but never in the present. He promised Abraham that his descendants would become great nations. The ...
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What is the Biblical basis that it was was the second person of the Trinity that walked in the garden of Eden?

Genesis 3:8 tells us: Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the ...
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Where was God prior to creating the ***Heavens*** and the Earth? [closed]

Genesis chapter 1:1 says: Genesis 1:1 NKJV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. That verse has always been an enigma to me. It clearly states that God created more than one ...
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Was the cave of Abraham in Shechem or Hebron?

Genesis 23:17–20 says: So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre—both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field—was deeded to Abraham as his property in the ...
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How to reconcile the number of people that went down to Egypt with Jacob?

In Genesis 46 26-27 it says: 26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons[f] ...
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Did Melchizedek worship the same God as Abram? [closed]

In Genesis 14:18, there is a man, Melchizedek, who was a priest of the Most High God: Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) (NET) A ...
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Why was it important that Isaac's wife be from within Abraham's family?

In Genesis 24, Abraham tells his servant to go back to his homeland and find a wife for Isaac from Abraham's country and Abraham's relatives. First of all, I suppose I can understand why Isaac was ...
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What is the difference between humans as “image of God” and Jesus as “image of God”?

What is the difference between humans as "image of God" and Jesus as "image of God" ? Humans are God's image: Genesis 1:26-27 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our ...
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If God is omniscient how can he regret? [duplicate]

It is said in the bible that God is omniscient but if he is omniscient how can he regret his actions? I'm especially interested in this question in context of Genesis 6:6: The LORD was sorry that ...
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Why did Esau despise his birthright?

Genesis 25:29-34 tells the story about Esau selling his birthright because he is hungry and despised it. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to ...
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How sound are the arguments that Melchizedek invoked a Canaanite deity when he met Abraham?

Melchizedek serves an important theological role in the book of Hebrews. The author of Hebrews interprets Psalm 110 to speak of Jesus' priestly order (Melchizedek), thus resolving the potential ...
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What does childbearing have to do with the salvation of a woman? [closed]

Verse concerning saved: 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the ...

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