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How many copies of the Bible are there per capita?

I am primarily interested in the US but in additional figure regarding the entire world would be wonderful. It would be interesting to find out even how many Bibles are in stock at libraries, ...
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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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What is the meaning of “Sorceress” in Exodus 22:18? [migrated]

As I was reading my Bible completely through from the beginning I ran across this verse in Exodus 22:18: You should not suffer a sorceress to live. Up to this point, other than God's wonders, ...
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What is the “Kingdom of God” supposed to be?

everlasting blissful happiness and peace on earth heaven after death / afterlife a metaphorical way to describe that righteousness would be made on earth by the power of the holy spirit, and that ...
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What are the biblical arguments that the Bible canon is closed?

Some religions claim to have a newer revelation of God: the Book of Mormon and the Qur'an are presented to be the latest revelation of God. The Old Testament closes with a climax of expectation of ...
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Does the Bible itself give us clues about which parts to interpret literally and which figuratively?

I know that the question may seem a little bit self-referential but I ask it anyway: There is often great controversy among Christians what parts of the Bible are to be interpreted literally and what ...
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Is the Old Testament a Jewish book?

Is the Old Testament a Jewish religous book and should it be discarded by Christians today? If not what does it add to Christians today?
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Did Martin Luther ever remove books from the New Testament canon?

Is it true that Luther removed James, Jude, and Revelation from the New Testament? If this is true then what were his reasons for doing so?
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Are there any passages in Sacred Scripture that explicitly describes apocalyptic weather patterns?

I've heard my whole life that one of the major signs to look for concerning the end of the world is that no one will be able to tell what season it is. Most of my fundamentalist friends and family ...
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Who wrote the Book of Revelation?

More specifically: What authorities claim that the Book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John? What authorities claim otherwise? This C.SE answer apparently references Pliny and Tacitus in ...
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Are there any credible writings that demonize redheads? [closed]

Is there anything in the Bible or other ancient texts that downgrade redheads? Redheads have suffered a fair bit of persecution over the centuries and still can today in various parts of the world. ...
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Which denominations use the King James Version?

Which denominations primarily use the King James Version of the Bible? I did a search on Google and could not find anything reliable.
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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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Proverbs 14:4 - What does this mean?

Proverbs 14:4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests. I've been reading proverbs lately, but I haven't been able to understand ...
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Does the Bible support slavery and (White) Superiority in the context of American Slavery?

Slavery existed as a fact of life in the Ancient World, and the Bible mentions slavery in many places. The question is this: When the Bible speaks of slavery, is it supporting it, or merely ...
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What word did Jesus use for God in Aramaic?

What is the word and pronunciation for God in Aramaic? I saw 'AaLaH' is the pronunciation for God from this link - http://www.peshitta.org/lexicon/. Did Jesus uses the word 'AaLaH' for God during ...
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What are the Gnostic Gospels and why are they not part of the Bible? [duplicate]

Lately, I have been hearing a lot about the Gnostic Gospels and their more (relatively) unorthodox references to Jesus and a believers relationship to God. What are the Gnostic Gospels and why are ...
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What major translations of the Bible are in the Public Domain and therefore not subject to Copyright?

Quoting Biblical text is technically a dicey proposition. While the original manuscripts are obviously public domain, not every translation is. Indeed, the NIV even posts the following copyright ...
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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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How do Mormons view the warning in Revelation about adding to the book?

How do Mormons interpret the following passage and justify the addition of the Book of Mormon to the canon of scripture? Revelation 22:18-19 (NIV) 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the ...
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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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What specific scholarship is there behind the New World Translation?

The New World Translation of the Bible was produced by the Jehovah's Witnesses. I'm wondering what specific scholarship is behind the translation. Who were the translators? What Greek Manuscripts ...
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Does the bible indicate when the Ark of the Covenant officially disappeared?

As the title asks, does the bible indicate where or how the ark of the covenant finally disappeared? If not, do we have any likely clues?
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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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Where in Scripture is the Holy Spirit said to be speaking directly?

God the Son speaks in Luke 5:31-32: Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” ...
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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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Why did God use humans to write the Bible?

God's on record for doing a lot of things directly - causing floods, making humans, etc. etc. - but chose to have his word written through people instead of imparting his wisdom himself. It seems ...
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How do sola-scriptura-people-who-reject-transubstantiation interpret these verses?

Luke 22:19 (The Message) Taking bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Eat it in my memory.” It has been argued that even the grammar ...
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What major discrepancies exist between “versions” of the Bible?

Based on a comment from @AndrewThompson, 'the' Bible (any one you care to name) is no more evidence of anything than the BOM is. You might take the numerous discrepancies between versions of ...
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Voltaire and his house being used by the biblical society?

His there any valid source that one of Voltaire house have been used by the Bible Society? I heard many times the illustration, but I never read a valid source of this.
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Where do the names of books of Bible come from?

Where does the name of each book come from? (I am not a Christian and this should be treated like a novice question.)
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Are chapter and verse divisions international?

If someone quotes e.g. Leviticus 6:7, will this be the correct position no matter the language or translation?
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What is that passage in the Bible where Peter hopes that all will be saved?

As a child I was an avid Bible reader, now I don't do it anymore, and there are some time phrases still lingering in my mind from that period. Anybody knows what is the passage when Peter hopes and ...
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Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect [migrated]

What, exactly, does Jesus mean when He says, Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48? And does being perfect entail, "turning the other cheek also", "handing over your ...
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What does the Bible have to say about dinosaurs? [duplicate]

Archaeology has found many dinosaur fossils. Does the Bible have anything to say about the existence of dinosaurs?
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Are there any examples of sarcasm in the bible?

The closest in tone to sarcasm, though somewhat different, that I am aware of is John 1:45-46 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the ...
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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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How can the Son not know what the Father knows?

Matthew 24:36 (NLT) Mark 13:32 (NLT)  36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father ...
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What are common criticisms against using the KJV?

I know that many people and churches prefer using translations other than the KJV. Why? What are the common criticisms against it?
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What is the meaning of “anything” in Matthew 18:19-20?

In Matthew 18:19-20, Jesus says: “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come ...
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What are the biblical arguments for and against the “two books” view of God's revelation?

I think it was Francis Bacon who said that the Bible and nature were God's two books and that one would do well to study both in great detail. What are the biblical arguments for and against this ...
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How does a Christian keep the 4th commandment?

Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or ...
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Into how many languages has the Bible been translated?

I understand that the Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book in the world. What is the current total of languages into which the Bible, or part of the Bible, has been ...
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Why are the books of the Protestant Bible in the order that they are in?

I am curious why the books of the Protestant Bible are in the order that they are in? Someone told me they thought the books were in some sort of chronological order - is that true? (I know the ...
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How many Christians have actually read the whole Bible?

I have many times heard the claim that only very few people who identify themselves as Christians have actually read all or most of the Bible. Have there been any studies to approximate the ...
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Names of angels and fallen angels?

What angels and fallen angels were named in the Bible and what are they responsible for? I've also heard of works of theologians on that matter, can someone provide some references?
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What does 'first estate' mean in Jude 1:6 (KJV)?

Jude 1:6 (emphasis mine): And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. ...
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Does the bible contain a definitive explanation of morality?

Or does the bible leave room for interpretation on the matter of what is moral and what is immoral? Perhaps it depends on the tradition?
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Where in the Bible does Jesus refute that He is just a prophet?

Unlike Christian, other Abrahamic religions say that Jesus was only a great Prophet. Christians belief, however, is deeply rooted in Bible, where there are many references supporting the Divinity of ...
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Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word?

Sometimes, as I read the bible or listen to a speaker in church, I can't help but feel that while Paul's letters are full of well-grounded Christian wisdom and advice, they can also contain what seems ...