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Creation Days

Question: What does it mean when it says, then there was evening and then there was morning, why does it say this for each day?

Answer: We as Americans think of a day as being a morning and an evening, but the Jews think of a day as an evening and a morning. The significance in Genesis 1 is that it is defining each of the days of the Creation week as a 24 hour day. The Jews as a result to this day start their day at 6PM not 12AM like we do.

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Israel? Jacob? Who is who?

Question: In the story of Joseph, is there a significance to why in 37:1 it's Jacob but then later he referred to as Israel but then at the end of the story he is called Jacob again?

Answer: Israel was the name that God gave to Jacob back in Genesis 35:10 and in Genesis 35 both names are used interchangeably for Jacob just as you noticed in Genesis 37. I don't believe there is any significance. He was known and referred to by two names.