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The relationship [on hold]

Jesus and two thieves died three people and Barnabas was released how does that relate to the old testament when the high priest offered sacrifice and the escaped goat.
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Psalm 145:16 says all creatures are given favor [on hold]

In Psalm 145:16 it is stated that God gives every living creature favor or good will. How does one reconcile this with how God does not favor some people such as Esau.
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How do Catholics view physical and digital copies of the Bible?

When I was in high school (a mission school), our principal (an Italian theologian and priest) was disgusted with the small blue New Testament bibles! He would throw them out of the window if he ...
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How are the various sections of the Bible named? [closed]

I know this is a very basic question, but I notice some sections of the Bible (Matthew, Luke, John) are named after apostles, and others (eg. Corinthians, Thessalonians, etc...) I don't know what they ...
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How many times in the bible do the words 'do not be afraid' appear [closed]

Does anyone know how many times it is said in the bible, 'do not be afraid, or, 'do not fear'?
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Revelation of God and Free Will [closed]

I have always been taught that God revealing himself to humanity is a violation of free will because we would not believe sincerely, but merely based on the fact of the revelation in question. If ...
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Complete list of versification differences in the Tanakh

As already said in a question Jews and Gentiles versify the Tanakh (i.e., assign its chapters and verses) quite a bit different. I have been trying to find an exhaustive list of the verses that differ ...
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Would reading “The Street Bible” help me understand the KJV Bible?

I've not read the Bible yet but I'm planning on purchasing the KJV Bible, once I've got the money. But I've came across a book called The Street Bible: would reading this first help me to understand ...
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Looking for a website with the 1984 NIV Bible version

All the Bible websites that I know of have updated their NIV Bibles to the 2011 version. I used to use biblestudytools.com to access the 1984 version, but it now looks like it also has been updated to ...
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Is there a standard version of the Bible?

Is there a standard version of the Bible, compared to which, all other versions would be considered either translations or paraphrases? If yes, when was the standardization done? And how common is it ...
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What is the official Roman Catholic Bible? [duplicate]

If I want to buy a copy of the Bible, which version does one buy that would be the official Roman Catholic version? It seems the Kings James version is the most popular, is that the one? Will this ...
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Was it Adino or his army that killed eight hundred at one time?

2 Samuel 23:8 KJV These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against ...
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What is an overview of the differences between Old Testament and New Testament?

I am a Muslim and I am trying to understand the Bible for educational purposes. I've never known anything about the Bible apart from the fact that it exists. Now I have heard in many debates and ...
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How many Bibles—not translations—are there?

I've noticed recently on this site there is a push to enforce the rule that, in one's questions, one ought to state "which Bible" one is interested in learning about—whether that is the "Catholic ...
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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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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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Are we living with Angels in flesh?

Are we living with angels in flesh? I've heard of the spiritual element of angels through the Bible and other mediums, but the following verse introduces them in flesh. "Do not forget to show ...
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The symbolic use of “horn”

It has proved difficult to find an answer to this question A quick concordance search of "horn" and you will find many different uses for the word. My center-column notes say "strength." But why? ...
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When/why did the [N]RSV become a “Catholic” Bible instead of a “Protestant” Bible?

The Methodist church my aunt grew up in back in the 50s and 60s relied almost exlcusively on the RSV, and she continued to use it until her death a few years ago as her preferred translation. However,...
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How do I interpret Joshua 10? [closed]

I know questions have been asked looking for scientific evidence; but let's set that aside. If we are to interpret the bible, we must interpret it with scripture, no? This is why I will not accept ...
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Is there any substantive difference between the verbal reference “second Corinthians” and “two Corinthians”?

Paul wrote two letters to the Corinthinians: The First Epistle to the Corinthians The Second Epistle to the Corinthians In my experience, people use all kinds of colloquial language to refer to ...
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What Bible “type” disambiguation?

Bible shopping...I like to read from the HCSB, but I've seen a number of "types" of Bibles available: Daily Bible Devotional Bible Study Bible Reference Bible Thinline Bible Can someone compare ...
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How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation [closed]

A common belief (not my own, but fairly common) is that believers may lose or abandon their salvation. A number of Bible verses seem to contradict this teaching, but in particular, 1 John 2:19 stands ...
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Meaning of term “satisfactory” in T. S Eliot's Journey of the Magi [closed]

In T. S. Eliot's "The Journey of the Magi", the following line appears: Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory Context: The three magi have arrived at the barn and one of them ...
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What are the benefits of a red letter edition Bible?

Red letter edition Bibles seem to be popular in the US. The difference to a plain Bible is that words of Jesus are printed in red. The first red-letter Bible was published in 1900, and the practice ...
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When did the insertion of title-page for Old Testament and New Testament started?

All the Bible I have seen have title-pages for both New Testament and Old Testament. There is always a dedicated page just before the Book of Genesis with the title "The Old Testament" which indicates ...
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Kokabiel's History Forgotten? [closed]

For those of you who don't know who Kokabiel was,kokabiel was a former advocate of God and his proponents. He was also known as "The Star of God" back when he was still an advocate of God and his ...
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What's the biggest time gap between authorship of two books of the Bible?

What's the biggest time gap between authorship of two books of the Bible? Honestly, I don't even know the order in which the books of the Bible were written, but I am quite interested in what the ...
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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 "inspired"...
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how are tarot cards,horoscope,and readings aginst God and scripture? [duplicate]

how is it that tarotcards and horoscopes and readings are against scripture? if one doesn't believe in them but uses for warnings or educational purposes,or fun? help! i have loved one that goes on ...
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Why are psalms in the bible printed with funny spacing?

What is the significance of the awkward spacing (on the right below) when songs are printed in the bible? Is this spacing in the original scripts, or is it assumed by the translator somehow?
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What is a gospel, and how many gospels are there in the Catholic Bible?

Is there a difference between 'books' and 'gospels'? I've read that there are 73 books in the Catholic Bible, but are all of these considered gospels? Or are there just four gospels in total: Matthew, ...
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Are there any active Christian ministries that preach from the Jefferson Bible?

I've recently read the Jefferson Bible and I am actively considering making it my primary Bible. Are there any current ministries that use this bible, and/or are there any active ministries that use ...
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Who first divided the Bible's books into chapters?

I've heard that the Bible's division into verses was made later than the division into chapters. So, whose translation firstly came up with this system of chapter divisions that we have today?
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In which one of the four Gospels is the Old Testament quoted the most?

In which one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) is the Old Testament quoted the most?
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Who first distinguished between the inerrancy of the Bible and the inerrancy of the original autographs?

It's common these days among those who believe in the inerrancy* of the Bible to limit the statement to the original manuscripts. For example, the Chicago Statement reads: We affirm that ...
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According to the Orthodox church, what is the purpose of the Bible?

I was raised with the view that the Bible is the book which contains everything we need to know, enumerates everything which is good and everything which is evil, is the manual for how to live a human ...
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In what order should the books of the (Protestant) Bible be read? [closed]

The Bible is probably one of the most historically significant books for the Western civilization, so it should be a worthwhile read for many a literature geek. In which order should it be read, then?...
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Did common folk have the opportunity to read or hear psalms in common language starting in 1000 in Europe or in Africa? [closed]

Did common folk have the opportunity to read or hear psalms in the lingua franca (common language between church and common folk) starting in 1000 in Europe? I think in the case of Africa the answer ...
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What is the central idea of the Bible? [closed]

I know there are many denominations in the Christian circle. I was wondering if there is a consensus on what the Bible is about? Or in other words is there a consensus in Christianity today on what is ...
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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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What reasons do those who reject the JEPD view of Scripture provide?

The documentary hypothesis, or JEPD view of Scripture, states that the Pentatuech was potentially compiled from four different sources: the Jahwist, Elohist, Priestly, and Deuteronomical. It is widely ...
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Why do some Christians use a period instead of a colon in verse references?

In the same way some countries write $1,000, some write $1.000, what do we learn when someone uses this alternative way of writing out verse references? I have one lecturer that prefers this. i.e. ...
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Can I trust the Bibles of today? [duplicate]

There are so many different versions, so many different wordings, so many translations. It's almost like Chineese whispers. How do I know what is written is exactly right?
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What is the importance of reading the Bible personally in Catholicism?

What is the importance of reading the Bible in Catholicism? Can a Catholic anticipate going to heaven by only attending the masses and going to Confession, but never read the Bible at home? Does ...
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Support Material for Reading the Bible

I will start by describing some methods (and what I dislike about them) for studying the Bible. Then, I will describe the method I would like to use to study the Bible. Lastly, I will ask for ...
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What is the importance of reading the Bible? [closed]

I have heard many pastors encouraging their members to read the Bible daily. Why do we have to read the Bible daily? Is going to church and listening to sermons not enough?
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What writings are held as “biblical canon” by Swedenborgians?

Reading an article on Emanuel Swedenborg, I came across the following fact: It should be noted, however, that Corinthians is not included in the list of books that, according to Swedenborg, ...
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Why did they have such a good memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How was documented dialog observed? I have to say, my memory is not very good, but it is not too bad. (God helps me :) ). But I have a few questions concerning how the ...
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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 ...