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A friend sent a supposed quote! [on hold]

A friend sent my wife this quote attributed to Esther 4:13, "be still for a while and praise God for His favor". This is not Esther 4:13 and commentary on the book of Esther states that God is never ...
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Doctrine of biblical inerrancy and Pope Benedict XVI questioning the historicity of passage in the Gospel of Matthew?

"In his 2011 book, Pope Benedict XVI, besides repudiating placing blame on the Jewish people, questioned the historicity of the passage found only in the Gospel of Matthew which has the crowd saying, ...
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How can Catholic churches make rules that are not in the bible? [on hold]

What is the basis of the Catholic Church / Pope adding to or removing rules found in the Bible? I'm not talking about social rules but rules the church claim God wants people to live by. For example ...
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When was the New Testament divided into sentences and paragraphs?

I know that the New Testament was given chapter numberings around 1227 AD, and verse numberings in 1555 (Source). But apparently, the earliest manuscripts didn't have punctuation, spaces, or ...
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What's the name of God? [duplicate]

I saw this in Bible: "Don't take the name of the God in vain". But, what's the name of God? His name can't be God, it's like saying "the mom of a friend cakes", but she's name isn't mom.. (Sorry for ...
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Does the Bible command women to cover their breasts?

Tribal women in Africa, South America and Papua New Guinea have gone around with bare breasts for countless generations. When Christian missionaries arrived they convince the women to cover their ...
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Do any Protestant denominations organize a canon starting from a collection of books other than the Roman Catholic Church's canon?

It is my understanding that most Protestant groups recognise a 66 book canon which is entirely a subset of the Roman Catholic canon and which was developed by removing the so-called apocrypha from the ...
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Was Luke, the author of the Gospel and Acts, a slave?

"It is possible that Paul’s “relative” Lucius is Luke, the author of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. On his second missionary journey, Paul may have gone to Troas (where Luke lived—or ...
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Permission to print a parallel Bible [duplicate]

Praise the Lord. I have recently published the Tamil Bible in romanised English (or transliteration) to enable the Tamil speaking diaspora who cannot read the Tamil script but are well versed in the ...
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God promised never to do an event such as the flooding ever again. How can judgement day happen then?

God promised never to do an event such as the flooding ever again. How can judgement day happen then? Wouldn't that break the promise?
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How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? [closed]

What are the differences between the Book of Mormon and the Bible? How are they similar? What do they have in common? Please provide an overview of the major differences. I prefer a Mormon ...
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Has the Catholic Church outlined specific Biblical passages which should not be taken literally?

I feel humiliated when I ask people to explain Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, and the temptations of Christ in the desert and people say something like "I'm bored by questions about Adam and Eve and Noah's ...
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Usage of Hades in the New Testament

If Hades is the name of a Greek god, why then did it find its way into the Greek translation into the New Testament? Wouldn't the NT writers refrain from associating their beliefs to Greek polytheism? ...
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God's sacrifice to himself [closed]

If the Father and Son are both God, and the Son sacrificed himself to the Father, wouldn't that conclude that God sent himself inside of Mary and then sacrificed himself to himself? Now God saving us ...
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Why do Pentecostals believe in a closed canon?

Pentecostals believe the gift of prophecy continues to the present day. From what I understand, most Christians believe the gift of prophecy is what enabled the writers of Scripture to write ...
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Why is the name Jehovah not used more in the Book of Mormon?

In Jewish history around 150 years before Christ came Jews began taking the name Jehovah out of the Bible. In the book of Mormon, the record of the bible is on brass plates claimed from Laban 600 BC. ...
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What are the biblical arguments that the Bible canon is NOT closed?

Related: What are the biblical arguments that the Bible canon is closed? Most people are familiar with the warning in the Book of Revelation: "And if any man shall take away from the words of the ...
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Is it possible that a new book could be added to the Bible? [duplicate]

In my early years as a Christian I was taught that Revelation 22:18-20 was a warning that the Bible could not be added to or taken away from. However reasonable study of this scripture bears out that ...
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What is the biblical basis for the use of extra-biblical books in the study of Christ?

The Bible teaches on its self. That being said, I don't understand why anyone would direct someone who has already professed faith in Christ to any other resource then the Bible. Hopefully the book ...
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Can the bible become an Idol? [closed]

I was wondering if there is a danger that the Bible could become an idol and I might indirectly worship it without realizing it. We say the bible is the word of God. It is divinely inspired so ...
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Is Yahweh the Golden Calf? [closed]

Does the name "Egeliah" found on ancient ostracon which translates to "bull calf of Yah" suggest that the Golden calves of Aaron and Jeroboam are actually symbols of Yahweh rather than deified ...
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Mentioning of Prophets

I was just curious, who are the prophets that are being mentioned in Lamentations 2:14, Jeremiah 23:33-40, and Zechariah 13:2-6? Why are these verses condemning the ability of prophecy but yet there ...
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Why are the letters and psalms and such considered God's Word if they are written by fallible men? [closed]

The Psalms was written by David and others, Proverbs, song of Solomon and several other books in the Old Testament; were written various people as well as letters in the New Testament were written by ...
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How can we be so sure about the authenticity and genuineness of all the new “versions” and translations of the Canonical Bible? [closed]

There are a lot of "versions" and translations of the bible. I've read just a few, like 5 or 6, and I've seen several differences, but the real deal is that I've seen a large and significant ...
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In two online Catholic Bibles, what accounts for the difference in the numbering of the verses in Sirach Chapter 7?

When I was preparing to answer a question on this site, I wanted to use The Penny Catechism's Q 332. It referenced Ecclus 7:40, and I was unable to link this as is my custom to RSVCE as in this ...
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How often are books quoted outside of their own book?

I am trying to put an estimation together of how much of the bible we have today. I know that there are multiple books missing from the bible. 1 Chr 29:29 Now the acts of David the king, first and ...
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Did Jesus say “My people perish for lack of knowledge”?

There is a video on YouTube that went viral, in which a woman says "Jesus said: My people perish for lack of knowledge". I can't find anywhere in the bible where Jesus says something like this. Is ...
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Where can I find scans of original Biblical manuscripts?

I want to study different translations of Bible and compare them to Bible in Hebrew and Greek. Can any one tell me where can I find the pictures of original Biblical manuscripts online?
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Looking for red letter bible in database format

I've found a couple databases or xml (programming-friendly) Bibles online that I can work with for an application that I'm building. One thing that I'd really like to find but haven't been able to is ...
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Modern Book of Jasher - Genuine?

I've been reading the book of Jasher (supposedly the one quoted in the book of Samuel) and its quite amazing. But I ask - what is the proof or lack of proof on it's authenticity? There are however a ...
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How do you equate Christian teachings with certain worldly(non Christian) achievements/attitudes? [closed]

So there are wars/conflicts raging on all around the world, that would be compatible with Biblical teachings, 'the lost worldly people, dead in sin and unable to do anything good' etc, I would assume. ...
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To understand the “The Bible is the Word of God”

According to the Trinity. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (from Latin trinitas "triad", from trinus "threefold")1 defines God as three consubstantial persons,2 expressions, or hypostases:[3] ...
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Why are certain Books Excluded from the Canon? [duplicate]

I trust the current Biblical canon, but I was researching Biblical evidence against Purgatory when I came across a Catholic blog that used the book of II Maccabees as evidence. That got me thinking: ...
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If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures?

If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures? Particularly if someone is looking for a "clear, unambiguous, direct statement in ...
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When did the Catholic Letters get called the Catholic Letters

The Catholic Encyclopedia says which books are the Catholic Letters but doesn't say how long ago it was that they were called that. I was wondering, because of another post asking for the oldest ...
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Did Jesus say “worship me, I am God” [duplicate]

Is there a verse in the Bible states that Jesus himself said to his people that he is God and must be worshipped?
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Why do Christians worship Jesus? [closed]

How can God be the father and the son and then die like a human? Why do Christians worship Jesus when he had never told anyone to worship him when he was on Earth? If he wanted people to worship him ...
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Accuracy of History Channel's The Bible [closed]

I am very interested in learning about Christianity and would like to purchase History Channel's The Bible. How close is this to the actual scriptures? Is this series a good introduction to ...
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What is this Bible with red printing?

I want to buy this Bible, does anyone know what the title of this version of the Bible is, or know any versions which has highlighted text? Only ESV. Thank you.
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Support for fulfilled prophecies [closed]

Many claim that the fulfilled prophecies in the New Testament were written by people who wanted to support the belief that Jesus had been the Messiah, so they wrote the fulfillment of the prophecies ...
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When was the Biblical canon formalised?

When was the Biblical canon formalised and finalised? 397, 419 or a different date? Do different branches of Christianity state that the canon was formalised at different times? Are there branches ...
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What scripture speaks of filling a bag and “compressing” it?

When you purchase a box of cereal or bag of potato chips at the store, you often come home to find that 2/3 of the container is filled with air. This is because although the container may be filled up ...
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Why are bibles sold for profit? [closed]

Christians are encouraged to give donations and free items to the needy. But why are Bibles sometimes sold for profit, instead of being sold at cost-price, at a subsidized price, or even for free?
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Which is the 'correct' bible for Catholics?

There are many versions of the bible, such as the: King James Bible NIV NRSV But which is the 'correct' bible that a catholic should read? I hope I have asked this question in the correct spot... ...
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How can a Christian effectively explain the seeming contradiction between Gen 1:31 and Gen 6:6?

Gen 1:31 (KJV) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen 6:6 (KJV) And it repented the LORD that he had ...
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German Bible translation like NKJV, ESV, NASB.. etc

I want to buy a German Bible translation but am not sure which one is best. By "best" I mean one that takes the least amount of doctrinal liberties in translation, so no paraphrase versions (eg, "The ...
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Definition of “Prince” in Bible?

Quite often "prince" and "princes" are mentioned in the scriptures. Of particular interest are expressions such as these: "Prince of Persia" "Prince of Peace" And similar expressions - ...
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Pre-flood Rock Monsters? Modern Noah Mythology? [closed]

How did the "Noah" movie decide to include rock monsters depicted as fallen angels? (helping him, nonetheless!) This is one of many, many biblical deviations the movie makes, but I'm curious what ...
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Are these verses from Proverbs contradictory? [duplicate]

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will become just like him. Proverbs 26:4 NIV Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes..Proverbs 26:5 NIV ...
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What does it mean to say an original Greek manuscript did not survive?

What does it mean when they say Greek manuscripts, written by the original authors, did not survive? I don't Understand this statement.