The second part of the Christian Biblical canon, dealing with the life of Jesus and the teachings and history of the early church. Could also refer to the new covenant.

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What crime was committed by the “thieves” crucified with Jesus?

During yesterday's sermon, the pastor mentioned the theory that the thieves crucified next to Jesus likely weren't simple thieves to warrant such a sentence, but were probably "thieves with a cause." ...
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How long was Jesus's ministry?

I've always heard, over in over, in Church and elsewhere that Jesus's ministry on Earth was only three years. However, it doesn't seem that there is much supporting Biblical evidence for this, or at ...
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New Testament Poetry

In the Old Testament, there are lengthy poetic passages or entire books of poetry (e.g. Song of Songs). What poetry, if any is there in the New Testament? John 1:1-18 and Luke 1:46-55 seem like ...
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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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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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What is the context of the “unequally yoked” passage?

2 Corinthians 6:14 is the well known "unequally yoked" passage. While the common interpretation is that it is about marriage, the heading translators added in NIV is "Warning against Idolatry", and ...
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Premillennialist view of 1 Thessalonians 4:16

I've read books on Premillennialism (including Left Behind) and heard many people preach on the topic but I've never heard an explanation of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: 16 For the Lord himself will ...
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Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?

There are a number of places where Jesus refers to himself in the third person. The most common is when he uses the title 'Son of Man' (by my count, there are some 78 times Jesus uses that title in ...
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Why are the books of Matthew and Mark almost identically written? [duplicate]

I'm reading the New Testament and have noticed Matthew and Mark are almost the same. Why is this?
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Is the Talmud compatible with Christianity?

If I'm not misunderstanding anything, Jews usually follow the Tanakh (more or less the Old Testament) and the Talmud, but definitely not the New Testament, whereas Christians follow the Old and New ...
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Why did God create a new covenant?

Why did God create a new covenant? It seems as if he had a covenant set in place in the Old Testament and provided a means for Israel to follow the covenant and offer sacrifices to atone for their ...
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Is the term 'word of God' in the New Testament equal in authority to the designation 'scripture'?

I have noticed there are some that distinguish between the designation 'scripture' as only referring to the Old Testament and 'word of God' as some or all of the New Testament. This seems strange to ...
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Should husbands submit to wives? [closed]

There has been a lot of discussion in the news lately about the passage in Ephesians 5:22 instructing wives to submit to their husbands as unto the Lord. But no one ever seems to bring Ephesians 5:21 ...
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Where did the idea of the Trinity come from? [duplicate]

As noted here about 1 John: The passage is called the Johannine Comma and is not found in the majority of Greek manuscripts. Which implies that this has been recently added to scripture. It ...
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What language did Jesus speak?

As a young believer I was quickly turned on to the idea of learning some things about the "original languages" of the Bible. After all, how could you understand John 21:15-17 without understanding ...
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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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Why did the Old Testament command to kill? [closed]

I've been reading the answers given in this similar question or even in the "duplicate question" but they don't respond to my question which is slightly different. I'm not wondering if Killing is ...
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Sodom and Gomorrah and God's judgement in the Christian age

From my understanding of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, God agrees to spare the cities even if a few righteous people live there. In the Christian age, our righteousness is imputed to us by Christ's ...
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What were the early Christians officially persecuted for?

I wonder what the early Christians were officially persecuted for by the high priests? In the book of Acts we see that Saul, before his conversion, received some letters from the high priest that ...
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What does it mean that the “The Evil One snatches away what was sown in them.”

I have always been confused about what this means. Those who hear the message about the Kingdom but do not understand it are like the seeds that fell along the path. The Evil One comes and ...
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What denominations don't believe in fasting? And Why?

There is a question on here about the importance of fasting. But this is different because I want to know what denominations don't believe in fasting and why they think that its not important. I ...
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What was the difference between the Pharisees and Sadducees?

Jeusus often encountered these two groups: 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 ...
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Has the Gospel been completely preserved textually and linguistically since the time of Jesus?

I was reading a book which made me wonder whether the true message of Jesus has been faithfully passed down to this age. I would like to know whether the Gospels have been preserved textually and ...
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Where does the Bible say that nature will speak the word if men don't?

I am trying to remember a verse I've heard, and almost positive I've read, before. I do not remember the exact phrasing. It was similar to: 'If no one is there to witness, even the rocks of the ...
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Was the Scapegoat of Leviticus an allusion to Barabbas at the crucifixion?

There are several similarities between the selection of the Scapegoat, and the selection of Jesus as our sacrifice. Leviticus 16:7 KJV And he shall take the two goats, and present them before ...
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Humans doing miracles

Jesus says quite a few times that if you have enough faith you can do anything. Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what ...
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Is Jesus talking about supererogatory merit in Matt 5:38-48? i.e. earning a reward rather than sin

I know the word "merit" will send up red flags for Protestants, but what I mean has nothing to do with justification. By supererogatory merit I mean doing something not required, and doing it for the ...
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Why did Jesus keep some in the dark by using parables?

I once heard someone say that parables are the best way to teach, because Jesus used them.  Of course this makes no sense because parables are very difficult to understand unless explained. Jesus ...
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Why does Jesus' Resurrection mean hope for an individual and in what context?

This Easter, the phrase "Jesus' Resurrection represents hope for you and your family", was repeatedly stated among different Christian outlets (sermons, radio stations, banners, etc nation wide in the ...
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What is the significance of Luke 22:44 where Christ's sweat was as great drops of blood in the garden of Gethsemane while he prayed?

In the Luke 22:44 of the New Testament in the Holy Bible it informs about Jesus Christ's experience while he was in the Garden of Gethsemane. During a time when an angel visits him to strengthen him ...
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Verse that mention Jesus eating meat?

My wife asked me this question last night, and I didn’t know the answer, so I thought I would ask it here. The question: Besides fish, is there any passage in the Gospels that directly mentions ...
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What are the name(s) of the archaeological artifact(s)/scroll(s) where the New Testament was based? [duplicate]

I'm wondering about the roots of the New Testament. What are the name(s) of the archaeological artifact(s)/scroll(s) where the New Testament was based?
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Why is the Gospel of John said to present Jesus distinctively as “the Son of God”?

A common assertion is that the Gospel of John uniquely presents Jesus as "the Son of God", while Matthew presents Him as "the King of the Jews", Mark as the "Servant", and Luke as "the Son of Man". ...
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The New Testament teaches that Christ was baptized to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:14–15)--what does this mean?

In Matthew 3:14-15 it says, And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Can someone please expound ...
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What did Paul mean when he called Jesus the firstborn of the dead?

note: All Scripture quoted is from the King James translation: Colossians 1:18 KJV And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all ...
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What happened to Ananias and Sapphira after death?

Acts 5:1-11 (NIV) 1Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but ...
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Is calling the church the “body of Christ” merely a metaphor or is there a deeper significance?

In numerous places in the New Testament the church is called the "body of Christ." Is this merely a metaphor for the church's role or is it related to the doctrine of the incarnation? I suspect it is ...
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Is the New Covenant a unilateral or a bilateral covenant?

The Old Covenant was a bilateral covenant of which Yahveh and the nation of Israel were parties. The Israelites had to agree to the terms of the covenant, which they did (Exo. 24:7). Is the New ...
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Which churches today are the most missionary-minded (highly involved in missionary work)?

Was Jesus Christ's church (the primitive church) a missionary church? Matthew 28, verses 19-20 leads me to believe it was. It says, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the ...
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What is the “veil” that covers the heart when the Old Testament is read?

2 Corinthians 3:13-18 (NIV) We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made ...
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How did Nathanael see the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man?

In Jesus' encounter with Nathanael, Jesus concludes the conversation by indicating that Nathanael, as well as others, would see the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. 43 ...
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From the literal perspective, the truth whispered in the ear, are we literally to proclaim that truth from the roofs?

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. (Matt 10:27 NIV) --> THIS IS THE QUESTION: From the literal perspective, the truth ...
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Do your children have to be faithful for you to become an elder?

Just had an enlightening chat with a preacher of a faith I'm not familiar with. When I congratulated him on his new pastorship, he corrected me saying that he wasn't a pastor, and among other things ...
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Does the New Testament mention Christians worshipping the Holy Spirit?

The New Testament often mentions Christians worshipping God the Father, as well as His only-begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:23). However, does the New Testament mention Christians ...
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Where can I get Papyri 75 images? [closed]

It seems that it is not available anymore from this link Any secondary copy would be appreciated. UPD I need all leaves (~100 in good quality to be able to read), not one sample scattered over the ...
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Why was Jesus baptised by John the Baptist?

We know the story: 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus ...
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Does Luke chapter 16 verses 9 through 13 warn us that there is no middle ground between serving God and serving mammon?

Luke 16:9 through 13 KJV 9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He ...
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What is the difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven?

I did a search and saw that the phrase "Kingdom of Heaven" appears exclusively in the Gospel according to Matthew. However, the phrase "Kingdom of God" appears a few times in Matthew, but is also ...
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Was Jesus obligated to answer the High Priest that he was the son of God?

In Matthew chapter 26 Caiaphas when questioning Jesus adjured him to declare whether or not he was the son of God. Mat 26:63 and 64 KJV But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered ...
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In the following Scriptures joy fills Heaven when a sinner repents, conversely is there great sorrow when an unsaved rejects salvation?

Matthew 23:37 KJV O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen ...