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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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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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In what order were the books in the New Testament written?

I'm just curious as to the actual timeline and known dates of the New Testament books. I know the version fo the Bible I read had the letters from Paul ordered by their size, and not when they were ...
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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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To what are the scriptures referring when they speak of the books of the “chronicles of the kings”?

In the books of 1 and 2 Kings, there are quite a few places where the author refers to "the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah" or "the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel". "...
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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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Why did the Catholic Church decide to have a Bible?

As far as I know, the Catholic Church considers God's revealed truth in Sacred Scripture to be part of, but by no means the sum total of Divine Revelation. Sacred Scripture is the written part of our ...
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What was Satan's view on the authority of Scripture?

Does the Bible give us any indication about what Satan's own view of the Scriptures and their authority as divine testimony is? Does the way he uses it or the way he responds to those who use it tell ...
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Can Angels die?

In Daniel, there is an angel who has to fight for nearly three weeks in order to deliver his message, and isn't able to overcome until Michael intervenes. If there was a battle this hard, it makes me ...
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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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Is illness sometimes a result of a sin? [closed]

There are children born ill, blind or have heart or mental issues etc. But can an illness be a result of a sin: If a child is born ill, is it possible because of the parents' sins ? If someone ...
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What's the difference between the Gospel and the Bible?

The title almost says it all: What's the difference between the Gospel and the Bible? Does one contain the other or what? What does each one include? Where did each one come from (or who authored ...
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What does Jesus mean when He says that we should be like children?

Matthew 18:1-4: At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell ...
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Any mentions of Environmental protection in Bible? [closed]

Is there any practical references about environmental protection as well as protection of earth? Whether Jesus mentioned about any of these topics somewhere?
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Are the gospel authors who we believe them to be?

What I'm wondering is whether the actual authors of the book of John, Luke, Matthew, and Mark are who we believe them to be. I go to a Catholic high school, and in our version of the Bible it says, in ...
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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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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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What is stopping Christians from having just one doctrine/interpretation?

As far as I know, there is only one God, one Jesus, and one Holy Spirit, and they are ONE. But, what we have here is dozens of different doctrines (I'm not sure if "doctrine" is the right word for ...
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If you are forgiven through the Grace of God, why do you need an Indulgence?

Ephesians 2:8,9 (NIV) 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. And from wikipedia'...
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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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Determining literary types in the Bible

Much of the Bible is historical narrative. Other parts, such as many of Psalms, are poems - rife with figurative phrases (often surrounding a specific event or need or desire). Other parts are ...
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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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Christian view of why there are so many similarities between Quran and Bible? [closed]

Quran has a huge number of stories that originally came in Bible. To Muslims, this is almost a miracle that God revealed the same stories to prophet without the prophet knowing about it because he was ...
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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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Which book of Scripture is most esteemed by the LDS church?

I understand that the LDS church regards the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants all as Scripture. In practice, which of these works is most highly ...
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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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What core, common beliefs are held by all (or most) Christians? [closed]

Are there any core beliefs that all Christian traditions agree on? Are there any that most (>90% of) Christian traditions agree on? If a list can be made for either, are there any caveats?
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Why didn't God omit non-essential information from the Bible? [closed]

In the Bible you'll find passages like - Exodus 37 Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.[a] 2 He overlaid it ...
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Does Revelation 22:19 apply to the whole Biblical canon or only the Book of Revelation?

Revelation 22:19 KJV And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the ...
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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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Why is literary style not inspired?

During Religious Ed. last night the review book had a question that we didn't see explained in the text (using Faith and Life Series for 7th Grade). It asked, "what part of scripture was not inspired?...
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Troubled people showing interest in reading the Bible: how to explain to them that faith is a lifestyle and not an “ATM”?

I get that often. I meet a lot of people who have some sort of troubles in their life and they show interest in reading the Bible to heal themselves. However, the majority of these people just ...
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Are there any other books, divined by God, regarding Christianity? [duplicate]

To my understanding, the bible is divinely inspired by God? However is this the only book that has been inspired or developed through this method? Are there other books equivalent or near equal to the ...
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Why has God created us? [closed]

Why has God created us? The Almighty Lord does not need anyone; he does not need the angels, the heaven, or the earth. Are there any written words in the Bible that tell the reason?
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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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What was Jesus' view on the authority of Scripture? [on hold]

What was Jesus' own personal view on the nature of the Scripture as far as the divine authority of the OT? Can his view on this issue be determined through his own use of it?
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How should we judge the trustworthiness of a given Bible translation?

Given that both the humans who actually penned the Bible and the later humans who translated it all had free will, the issue of Biblical inerrancy is a tricky one. See also: By what mechanism could ...
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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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Biblical passages that relate to Christian unity versus doctrinal accuracy [closed]

Christianity is currently split into several denominations due to differences in doctrine. It seems that these denominations consider their doctrinal differences more important than Christian unity. ...
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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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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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Genesis 19. 8 Why should he protect strangers above protect his daughters? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why was Lot “let off the hook” for offering his daughters to be raped? I was interested in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, cause I remembered at it as I heard ...
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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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Spirit of the Lord Upon David

1 Samuel 16:13 states that: So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. and in 14:...
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The anointing of Jesus - one event or multiple events?

The Anointing of Jesus is recorded in all four Gospels. A woman anoints Jesus' feet with expensive perfume and wipes the perfume with her hair. Was this one event, or multiple events? (I tend to ...
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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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What does Jesus say about your spirit going to heaven?

I had an interesting question presented to me by a rector of a church. He asked me to find anywhere in the bible where Jesus spoke of your spirit going to heaven and then research those specific ...
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so few churches acknowledge singles in light of 1 Corinthians 7: 6-9 is this an oversight?

In the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, etc.,) we really don't see Matthew & Rose, Mark & Betty, Luke & Beatrice, John & Sally, etc. Why do churches put so much emphasis on ...
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A “version” of the bible with sentence structure written in English but retaining most of the original untranslated “nouns/verbs/adjectives”?

Is there a "version" of the bible that has it's sentence structure written in English, yet retaining most of the original untranslated "nouns/verbs/adjectives" ? Ok this is quite hard to explain, I'm ...
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Why did Mary ask Jesus to make wine at the Wedding at Cana

The Wedding at Cana is the only instance AFAIK where Mary asks Jesus to perform a miracle. Is there any indication or insight as to why she did so ? Was the family very close to her/them ? Or was ...