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Why would angels climb a stairway if they have wings?

There are definitely two types of angels mentioned in the Bible that have wings - cherubim and seraphim: “The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their ...
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Why did Esau despise his birthright?

Esau despised his birthright. In order to understand this, first we need to understand what it means in this context to "despise" and also what the birthright was. What was a birthright? An ...
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Genesis 28:18 Where Did Jacob Get the Oil?

Genesis 28:18 (NLT) The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it. ...
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Does Genesis 30:25-43 defy genetics?

It is possible that the genetic engineering techniques practiced were part useless and part real. The attempt to imprint color on the hide of sheep by seeing stripes during intercourse is folklore. ...
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Judah, Joseph, and Jacob's birthright

Honestly, there are a lot of questions there and rather than skip around I'm going to give one really long background on the birthright and blessing. Just be glad I'm not also giving a treatment to ...
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Does Genesis 30:25-43 defy genetics?

Atheists routinely ridicule the Bible on this one. But nowhere does the Bible say that putting striped sticks in the water physically caused the animals to have striped and spotted off-spring. In ...
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How could Jacob wrestle with God if no one can see God and live?

All these answers are fascinating and on-topic, but have all seemed to miss a salient point: 'Jacob' did die that day - the man who walked away from that place was named Israel. (cf. Genesis 32:28 ...
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Why did God change Jacob's name to Israel?

Jacob to Israel The name Israel (Yisra'el) is commonly translated as "Wrestled with God", but it can also mean "Champion (or Prince) of God", "Striver with (or against) God&...
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How to reconcile the number of people that went down to Egypt with Jacob?

There are a couple of possible ways to reconcile this, both within the established Rules behind resolving alleged Biblical discrepancies used by Apologists. Copyist errors. The first comes by ...
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Genesis 28:18 Where Did Jacob Get the Oil?

I think you may be adding unnecessary implications to the text. Genesis 28:5 ESV Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of ...
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Does anyone know the name of the pharaoh that Joseph brought his family to meet?

I have spent rather too long on this very question... on and off for two or three years.. or was it more? can't remember exactly. I came to the conclusion that, for the 12th dynasty (about 2000 - ...
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What is the biblical basis for thinking God established the principle of birthright and inheritance

As this question is not concerned with establishing a ‘secular’ answer about the origins of the idea of birth-right (which includes inheritance) I can breathe a sigh of relief and concentrate on ...
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Who is being referred to in [Numbers 24:9]?

The word "Israel" is not found in Numbers 24:9 in the Masoretic Text (Hebrew), the Septuagint (Greek), or the Vulgate (Latin), which is why most translations do not include it in this verse. But, as ...
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Judah, Joseph, and Jacob's birthright

There is the line of the shifting of the birthright in Bible. In Genesis alone, there are at least four cases of the shifting of the birthright: from Esau to Jacob (25:22-26, 29-34); from Zarah to ...
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Scriptural/theological reasoning for renaming: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

In his monograph entitled The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Dr. Richard D. Patterson observes that in the pivotal event in Israel's history when Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal on Mount ...
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In what way was Isaac's blessing on Jacob manifested?

It's important to keep in mind that the stories about the patriarchs are both stories about individuals and "national origin" stories giving an identity to the whole nation of Israel. So in the case ...
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How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain Mark 12:27, "He is not the God of the dead, but of the living."?

The answer is in the context of the verse. Jesus was asked about "resurrection." He addressed that specifically, "But concerning the dead rising...". The dead will be resurrected, ...
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How long were Jacob and Rachel married?

You're right, we're never given Benjamin's age so we can't link him to his brothers that way. We can, however, follow the chronology and the geography to know within about a year how long Jacob and ...
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How many Jacobs do we have in the Bible? Are there only two (2) Jacobs in the Bible?

Notice that Matthew 1:2 also says "and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren". Judas is the ancestor of the nation of Judah, whose citizens are called "Judeans" or "Jews" for short. It happens that one ...
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In what way was Isaac's blessing on Jacob manifested?

One approach to this passage is to look at it generally literally, as Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown do. Regarding verse 28, they emphasize the fruitfulness of Canaan: To an Oriental mind, this ...
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Does Genesis 30:25-43 defy genetics?

The composition of the rods as translated in the Septuagint includes the common walnut. The walnut tree is the only tree so far known to produce progesterone (Pauli et al Occurrence of progesterone ...
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If God set the maximum age to 120, then how could Jacob be 130 years old?

I believe it is important to note, when looking at the records of the generations of Shem (son of Noah) who was born before the mention of 120 years, (maximum human life span). Shem lived for 600 ...
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