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Where do Catholics believe the historical narrative of the Bible begins?

I heard on the Relevant Radio recently that the Genesis account of the deluge is prehistorical. Meaning, it wasn't really recorded in histories the way other more specific accounts of historical ...
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What is the biblical meaning of “sanctification”

I understand that sanctification is used as a post-reformational theological term to refer to the ongoing process of Christian growth. But, biblically speaking, is this always what is meant? I know ...
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How long did it take to form the Biblical canon?

How long did it take to collect all of the writings that eventually formed the first version of the Bible? In other words, starting with when the first writing was created (I'll say when it was ...
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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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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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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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Does the Bible support the concept of male spiritual headship? [closed]

What I mean by this is a little beyond "Wives submit to your husbands." In Joshua 7:22-25 Joshua stones and burns the entire family of Achen, including his children, after he sins by keeping back ...
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How does entertainment glorify God at all? [closed]

In the modern context, we have many things to keep ourselves entertained and motivated to do work - music, videos, movies, games, magazines etc. According to 1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV Whether ...
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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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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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Is Knuth's 3:16 project unique?

Famous computer scientist Donald Knuth is also the author of 3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated (A-R Editions, 1990). This is a tour of the Bible using the methodology of "stratified random sampling", where ...
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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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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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How is modern day Christian morality reconciled with the morality of the Bible?

Morality changes over time Morality is not a constant; what a group of people finds to be morally acceptable or morally unacceptable evolves over time, generally because of an increased understanding ...
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What are the relationships between 'Bible', 'Hebrew Bible', 'Aramaic Bible', 'Tanakh' etc?

What are the relationships between the terms 'Bible', 'Hebrew Bible', 'Aramaic Bible', 'Greek Bible', 'King's Bible', 'Torah', 'Tanakh', 'Old Testament' and 'New Testament'? Wikipedia seem to have ...
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Old Roman Catholic Bibles having indulgence charts?

I just listened to a podcast of an Orthodox priest talking about his conversion into the Eastern Orthodox church. He mentioned something about how he once courted an irish Catholic girl who had a big ...
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Do Old Testament individual, family and social laws and guidance apply to Christians or did Jesus come to discard OT laws and guidance?

If OT laws are to be ignored by Christians, does God/Jesus provide substitute laws in the New Testament texts? I.e., if God thought it important to provide laws (in addition to requiring certain ...
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What evidence is there to support the position that the Bible is truly the Word of God to mankind?

Christianity generally accepts the Bible to be the Word of God, and the Bible itself makes this claim (i.e. 2 Peter 1:16-21). 16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to ...
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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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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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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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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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By what mechanism could the Bible be inerrant?

For those who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible (or those who understand the positions of those who do), how can the Bible have this status given all the opportunities for any message delivered by ...
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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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How many 'Books' never made it to the Bible (Old and New Testament)?

Alternatively: How many books were included in early Bible compilations and then later removed? A book in the bible, to my understanding, is one of the many named divisions in the Old and New ...
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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 “Kingdom of God” supposed to be? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Does swearing on the Bible have any spiritual significance? [closed]

When someone is deposed in court, they are (at least in the old movies) asked to swear on the Bible. My premise is that the use of the printed paper of the Bible in this instance is more of a pagan ...
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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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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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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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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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There is more to know than that which is written

I have heard it said many times in religious/spiritual and/or typical conversation that "there is more to know than that which is written [in the bible]." Is this comment scripturally inspired? If so ...
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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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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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What place does Lilith have in Christianity?

There was a show on the History channel stating that some scholars believe Adam and Eve were alive with a third human, Lilith. Lilith disobeyed Adam and Eve, so God sent her to live on earth as a ...
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Can a non-christian be trusted to translate the Bible?

I've seen a number of comments and answers (here and elsewhere) regarding the [un]reliability of a specific translation. Occasionally, the angle of attack on a given translation is (kind of) ad ...
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Is there a digitized version of the Tyndale Bible available?

Is there any websites that have a digitized version of William Tyndale's Bible online?