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 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 order were the Pauline epistles written, according to evangelical critical scholarship?

I am unaware whether this is a hotly contested issue or not, but if it is, I would be looking for the majority opinion among evangelical scholars, that is, scholars who affirm Pauline authorship, ...
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Are the commands and narrative accounts from the early church not prescriptive but a description of living the form of Christ out in a concrete world? [closed]

I was reading "Ethics" and Bonhoeffer keeps speaking of Christ's birth, death, and resurrection as the form that creates all formations. He was speaking in terms of knowing what Gods will is but I ...
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How does Mark's Gospel mark the final hours in the life of Jesus

Mark's Gospel makes frequent use of chiastic and parallel structures, and there appears to be an important structure in chapters 14 and 15, marking off time intervals in the 24 hours from the Last ...
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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 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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Why is it said that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as the King of the Jews?

I have heard it stated that the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as, specifically, the King of the Jews, rather than the Messiah, the Incarnate Word, or anything else. What is the basis for this ...
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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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Which NT books were written after the destruction of the temple?

The temple was destroyed sometime around AD 70. Which New Testament books were written after that catastrophe? Do these books comment at all on the destruction of the temple?
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How does Jesus describe God in the Gospels

How did Jesus explain the nature of God in the NT narratives ? Please cite only the relevant verses where Jesus himself describes the nature of God. I wanted to again clarify , that I am interested ...
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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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How to receive the gift of tongues according to the New Testament?

1 Corinthians 14:39 (NIV) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. In the early church, the gift of tongues was a common gift which ...
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In 1 Peter 4:18, what do Peter mean by the righteous having difficulty to be saved?

And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved,what will become of the godless man and the sinner? ( 1 Peter 4:18 NASB). It seems that Peter wasn't talking about salvation from hell ...
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What is the basis for the belief that the wise men did not arrive in Bethlehem until several months after the birth of Jesus?

Many depictions of the nativity have both the shepherds and the wise men at the stable on the night of Jesus' birth. However, it is commonly held that the wise men did not arrive until several months ...
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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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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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Multiple wives and concubines | male and female “original” intent

Matthew 19:1-6 New International Version (NIV) 1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large ...
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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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Why does the Bible say that people no longer need to ‘feel guilty’ under the gospel, as compared to the Old Testament?

There is the verse from Hebrews that makes me pose the question: 10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the ...
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Sins of our fathers. [closed]

I do not believe that we bear the weight of the sins of our fathers, and I have read the New Testament and can justify that. However, I would like to ask for several interpretations of this idea. ...
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Does the Bible support the concept of 'balance' between 'two extremes'?

Any Christian at some point will be labeled an extremist. Also every Christian at some point will call other Christians extremists. Even in any given local church, some will label each other this way. ...
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Was there a sacrifice in the Old Testament for intentional sins?

When reading through the law in the Old Testament it seems that there are only sacrifices for unintentional sins. Is this true? How does the New Testament handle intentional sins such as drunkenness, ...
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How do we know the words accredited to Jesus were the words Jesus actually spoke? [closed]

were people making notes of what Jesus said at the time or are the accounts in the N/T just people trying to remember what they were told he said?
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Why was Jesus baptised by John the Baptist? [closed]

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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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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Did Jesus commit any sin pertaining to the Sabbath? [closed]

Please keep in mind #4 (or #3 depending on the version) of the 10 commandments: Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but ...
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In Revelations: could the Jerusalem NOT be a City? [closed]

I was talking with somebody who believes that the "Jerusalem" in Revelation doesn't really mean a City, but a person. One of the arguments was this: In Revelation 21:9 says: 9 One of the seven ...
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What person(s) of the Trinity were the people of the Old Testament interacting with?

When a someone or groups of people were interacting with God, as recorded in the Old Testament, in general were they simply interacting with person of 'God the Father' within the Trinity? Or were they ...
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Is calling the church the “body of Christ” merely a metaphor or is there a deeper significance? [closed]

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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How did the people know that John the Baptist was a prophet?

What reasons gave the people to believe that John The Baptist actually was a prophet and wasn't a hoax? Was it simply the Holy Spirit calling on souls or was there some other kind of proof?
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Where is the mentioning of people still living from the time of Christ in New Testament? [closed]

I remember reading in New Testament somewhere where The Christ said that some people present at that time will live to see His second coming. Can't seem to find that verse again. Do you know which ...
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How were the books of the New Testament chosen?

I'm interested in finding out: what the process of choosing the books of the New Testament was, when did it occur and who did the choosing
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What are the best ways to refute the position that Paul started Christianity? [closed]

It is a position that many Christian scholars and thinkers have espoused over the years. I think that this link would provide a good exposition of the position I am referring to. ...
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Did Jesus own a home as an adult or was He a nomad?

Did Jesus own a home as an adult or was He a nomad? If He did own a home, did He live with someone else?
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How many New Testament manuscripts do we really have?

How does the Bible size up with other books from the ancient world? Is it really true that the New and Old Testament is the book from the ancient world that has the largest amounmt of extant ...
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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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What is the meaning of the bronze serpent used to save the Israelites? [closed]

In Numbers 21: 8,9, Why is a bronze serpent used to save the Israelites, and what does this mean for Christians today? 8Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a ...
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Sodom and Gomorrah and God's judgement in the Christian age [closed]

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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Is Satan's doom settled, or could he still get a reprieve from God? [closed]

We have in the book of Revelation, the destination of Satan listed. Is there any indication that Satan could get a reprieve from God; or is his doom sealed? Revelations 20:2-3 NASB And he laid ...
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Are there Christians who believe Jesus was an ideology and not a person?

Is there a denomination or Christian religion that believes that Jesus Christ was just an idea or way of thinking and that the apostles must have personalized him for the people to understand it ...
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How might one categorize all of the books of the New Testament by theme? [closed]

I've recently been researching the various ways the New Testament has been categorized by scholars. The obvious example is a grouping based on genre, with categories such as biography, historical, ...
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Did Elijah fly to heaven bodily,or is there Bible text to suggest something else? [closed]

There is Bible scholarly controversy over whether Elijah went from earth to the Heaven where God is, based on key scriptures from several OT references. What scriptures are these, and what do they ...
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Does the New Testament have any mention of Kolob and if not, how come?

Kolob is a star or planet from the Book of Abraham - originally described in an ancient egyptian scroll - translated by Joseph Smith. Kolob is near the throne of God (in outer space to my ...
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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 Holy place Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:15?

In Matthew Chapter 24 Jesus warned of the end time scenario, and said that when we saw the Abomination of Desolation standing in the Holy Place, that was when things were really going to get bad: ...
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Were the Gospels considered Scripture when the rest of the New Testament was written?

When the New Testament was written1, were the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John already considered Scripture? 1 Acts - Revelation. Obviously there is overlap in when these were written (they are ...
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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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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 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 ...