History is crucial for understanding a lot of the Bible, such as the history of Israel, or the Roman Empire. But please use the church-history tag instead for questions about the history of the church since the NT was completed.

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Is there any evidence that Paul was a descendant of Jonathan?

Paul being a descendant of Jonathan would have some appeal from a devotional perspective since Jesus' more direct saving of Paul could be viewed as fulfilling the covenant of friendship between David ...
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What viable alternative explanations exist for the origin of Christianity?

From ~50 AD, Paul went around Asia Minor establishing Christian congregations like a man possessed, but his epistles are mostly silent on concrete details of an earthly Jesus. The Gospels were written ...