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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 ...
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What are the main reasons for hostility with gay marriage being allowed by christians? [duplicate]

I do realize that Jesus in the bible has rejected gay marriage basically because humans are not designed to have sex with the same sex, and according to the bible it is disgusting. Though in ...
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Does the Christian Old Testament have the exact same list of books as the Jewish Bible?

Does the Christian Old Testament include exactly the same books that are in the Jewish Bible (called the Tanakh in Judaism)? Are there any differences between the Christian Old Testament and the ...
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Are there any references to “four canonical Gospels” prior to 100 AD?

According to the "Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung" eleven manuscripts of NT are from within the second century alone, which include: P52 (100-150), P90, 104 (2nd century), P66 (c. AD 175-...
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Can other “scripture” (such as the Quran) be used as ultimate authority in presuppositional apologetics?

I've been impressed lately with the presuppositional apologetic work of Sye Ten Bruggencate and how his arguments seem to be irrefutable by those he debates. The only problem I have is that he claims ...
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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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Harmony in the pseudepigraphal writings?

It is not uncommon when talking to someone about the authenticity or composition of the Biblical canon to for the subject of the so-called "lost" gospels to be brought up. An explanation of the ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the accuracy and truthfulness of the Bible?

Can anyone provide an overview of major Christian viewpoints regarding the infallibility of the Bible? Background: I am struggling with accepting that the Bible is 100% correct in all it says. All ...
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Is there a projection of when Bible translation into all the languages of the world will be complete?

The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book by far. Wycliffe Bible Translators and others continue to do this in more and more languages. This is seen by many to be part of ...
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How many copies of the Bible are there per capita?

How many Bibles are in existence, at libraries, warehouses, bookstores, etc.? Also, how many are being produced annually? I am primarily interested in the United States, but a worldwide figure would ...
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Why aren't the books of the Bible in chronological order?

Don't we have a good idea of when each was written? Wouldn't it make more sense?
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Why is there not a single date in the Bible?

The question popped into my head while I was thinking about the Jews, their exodus, and the founding of Jerusalem. I wondered why they didn't even write down the year they formed their city? Why is ...
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What is the storyline order of the Bible?

I purposefully asked, "what is the storyline order of the Bible", because I don't want to know the order that the books were written in (which is chronological, I'm pretty sure.) What I want to see ...
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Is there Biblical support for Christians basing their beliefs on extra biblical texts?

Considering the prominence of the works of popular authors like C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton and prominent theologians like Augustine and others in various Christian circles. Is there Biblical support ...
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What differences will being a Christian make in this life? [closed]

What are the differences being a Christian will make in this life (on earth not entrance into heaven or hell)? Or is it just a group identity of a hopeful passage into Heaven upon the next life and ...
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How are Christians expected to live up to the standards of following Christ? [closed]

Just re-read the New Testament and this question has been at the front of my mind. These are just a few of similar quotes that are in question: Matthew 16:24: "Then Jesus said to his disciples: If ...
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Where does Jesus Say He is God? [duplicate]

Many parts in the bible where he said he can't do anything by himself, but by the will of God. If you look at the sentences above almost all the prophets before him used the same words. When he said ...
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In Romans 3:1-8, what is God being faithful towards?

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much, in every way. For in the first place the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Will ...
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Clarification about “sons of God” who caused flood? [duplicate]

In Genesis 6:2, it says, "the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose." I thought that the only Son of God was Jesus. Does this mean that ...
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How would the Bible advise a Christian to cope with fear? [closed]

At what part of the Bible is fear referenced, in a story? Or quote? If you know of any, an example of any quotes or stories would be ideal. It doesn't necessarily have to be about dealing with fear, ...
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Could a lowborn during the middle ages read the bible?

I'm starting to read about the christian faith with more effort and this question popped up in my head. I've read that the bible at that time were really expensive because it was handmade but, could a ...
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What is the base of the bible as the unique source of revelation? [duplicate]

I'm interested in know from where come the fact that, in these times, the bible is the unique source of revelation, even when there are verses in the bible that explicitly says the oppose. In John 16:...
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Jesus' power going out

What should one understand from the NT verse which says :... Jesus realised that power had gone out from Him" (Mark 5:30)? Is it a figurative narration ? Or, is it a casualty of translation ?
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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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The effect of poison on Christians [closed]

Can someone explain me these passages about the effect of poison? Who is immune to poison? Why do they have this trait? Why isn't anyone today immune to poison? Mark 16:17-18 17And these ...
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How should a Christian deal with destructive higher criticism of the Bible? [closed]

In recent times authorship of Biblical books has been called into question by modern scholars. It is believed that Isaiah didn't write Isaiah, John didn't write John, Matthew didn't write Matthew, ...
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Is there any account of a religious marriage ceremony in the scripture?

I was studying the Puritans recently, and discovered something interesting about William Bradford. According to Wikipedia, he married his wife in a civil ceremony, because "the Separatists could find ...
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Which has greater authority to Mormons: Book of Mormon or the Bible? [duplicate]

The question says it all: Which book has more authority to Mormons - the book of Mormon or the Bible?
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Proof of Prophethood? [closed]

I'd like to know what prophethood designates in the Bible and what is the scriptural standard for identifying a true prophet? What I mean is, what if someone today stood up and claimed prophecy? How ...
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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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Did Martin Luther ever remove books from the New Testament canon? [duplicate]

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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Jesus' Brothers (Matthew 12:46) [closed]

What exactly did Matthew mean when he is talking about Jesus' brothers in Matthew 12:46? From Matthew 12:49, its clear that he didn't mean Jesus' disciples as his brothers. So who are the Jesus' ...
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Where does the Bible say to read itself? [closed]

It seems rather basic, but I'm having trouble finding verses that say to read God's Word often. It seems like something that Paul said quite a few times, and it's obviously a good thing, but I can't ...
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What was the charge that was given by the Jewish court to Jesus? [closed]

I need this for a bible trivia! So I can beat the game and it's rlly important to me, so please tell me.
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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 at ...
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Does the Bible espouse moral absolutism or moral relativism? [closed]

I believe that throughout both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the Bible espouses moral absolutism. Yet, I recently read on this site a response to a question about slavery: As stated, ...
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Why is the Bible a foundation of theological evidence?

Please excuse my ignorance I'm new to this. I've been looking through the Q&A on the site and I've noticed scripture and especially passages from the Bible are cited as evidence for one argument ...
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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 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 'the'...
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Is it possible for The Bible to contain errors?

For those who profess to follow the word of Christ, everyone agrees that the Bible is the infallible word of God as transcribed by many different men compiled together in one book. But for this ...
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What evidence is there that the New Testament was originally written in Aramaic?

The Hebraic Roots Bible makes the claim, The original New Testament was not written in Greek, but Aramaic. I thought that only the Gospel of Matthew might have been written in Aramaic, and that ...
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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 ...