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When did the Church in the West begin communicating in Latin, instead of Greek?

Since the Gospels, Paul's epistles, and the other books of the New Testament were written mostly in Greek, as well as much writing of early Church fathers, it stands to reason that much – if not most ...
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Did Justin Martyr and Marcion of Sinope have any contact with one another?

I'm interested to discover if there is any evidence that Justin Martyr and Marcion of Sinope had any direct or indirect contact before Marcion left the Church. I suspect that they may have had ...
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What is the earliest use of the phrase “God the Son”?

Does the phrase "God the Son" appear in manuscripts or early translations (Textus Receptus, Vulgate, etc.) of the New Testament scriptures? If not, when did the phrase enter into the Christian ...
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What are the differences between editions of Ryle's Expository Thoughts?

I've heard J.C. Ryle's devotional thoughts on the gospels ("Expository Thoughts") highly recommended by a few people. However there are a few editions out there, and different people have different ...
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What arguments do KJV-only proponents give to support that the 1611 translation is better than say, Greek language Bibles?

I have an interlinear Bible, called the Apostolic Bible Polyglot, that presents the New Testament (along with the Old Testament, from the Septuagint) in Greek and English. Of the Complutensian ...
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Baptism of grandchildren

My grandchildren were not baptized and I was worried about it. They are going on a trip. Therefore, I took it upon myself to baptize them. What if anything is the Catholic Church's view of this? ...
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Who/what actually dies at the cross? [closed]

The obvious answer is Jesus. The not so obvious answer is what dies with him or whose death he represents. Did God (as in the whole trinity) in fact die (literal death-death)? If not, who/what? ...
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Can a baby be baptized in a Catholic Church if the mother does not have papers proving she was baptized?

I tried to baptize my baby at a local Catholic Church in Toronto, but the priest told me I need to provide documents proving I was baptized. I don't have such documents because I was baptized and ...
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What is the significance of the phrase “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi”?

The phrase is used during the ceremony of assigning a new pope, and can be interpreted in many ways. A translation would be: "So pass the worldly glories." How would you interpret its meaning, think ...
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What is an overview of the differences between Old Testament and New Testament?

I am a Muslim and I am trying to understand the Bible for educational purposes. I've never known anything about the Bible apart from the fact that it exists. Now I have heard in many debates and ...
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Could an Israelite keep an existing fire going on the Sabbath? [migrated]

Exodus 35:3 "You shall kindle no fire in all your dwelling places on the Sabbath day." The key word here seems to be "kindle". Does this mean they were only restricted from starting a fire on ...
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In which writing(s) does Hugo Grotius set forth the “Governmental Theory of the Atonement”?

I'm trying to locate, in book form in English, the writings of Hugo Grotius in relation to the "Governmental View of the Atonement". I see very little of his writings available in book form in English ...
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Was each “Book” of the Old Testament on a separate scroll prior to the second century A.D.?

In this passage of Luke, it seems like the Book of Isaiah was on its own individual scroll. Do we have historical evidence or references that show whether this was always the case, or if some Books of ...
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Is this the complete list of worldwide or empirical proclamations made by national leaders in the Old Testament?

During the Old Testament, leaders of various nations would occasionally be inspired to make a proclamation regarding the God of Israel or the Jews that would be sent out by messengers to their whole ...
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Why are some laws abandoned, while others stay? [duplicate]

I don't have a bible nearby, so I can't cite, but I remember that while reading bible, I found several different laws - e.g. the one stating that you must not tatoo yourself or eat some meat(e.g. ...
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Easter's dependence on Passover [duplicate]

I have always thought that Easter must be based on how Jesus resurrection occurred on Nisan 16 (Sunday April 5) in 33 AD two days after his death on Nisan 14. All of these dates are firmly based on ...
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What is the biblical basis for celebrating Easter?

On the night of the last supper Jesus instituted a new covenant that he commanded be kept with a ceremony he outlined in Luke 22:7-38 This was done after Passover and was meant to memorialize the ...
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Who wrote the book of Hebrews and is the book complete?

I was recently reading in the book of Hebrews when I realized that I didn't know who was speaking, and I haven't been able to figure it out. I was just reading a commentary that stated it was James, ...
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Cities of Refuge - Churches of Refuge

In the Old Testament, God asked Joshua to set aside six cities where those accused of manslaughter may flee to for protection against their avenger! 7 And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount ...
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What is the Biblical basis for considering Satan the author of evil?

Satan in Job seems to be characterized as a servant of the Lord and in Isaiah Lucifer is mentioned as a destroyer of cities. It's never really clear why evil exists. In a couple places in the Old ...
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Do Jehovah's witnesses believe that Jesus appeared in the Old Testament?

Many Christian teachers as far back as the early church fathers have taught it was Jesus that appeared to Abraham before destroying Sodom and Gammorah, wrestled with Jacob in the dessert, and appeared ...
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The Apostle Paul and the doctrine of forgiveness?

Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done (2 Timothy 4:14). Forgiveness is central in Christianity with all the great churches.Jesus own ...
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Are Catholics permitted to honour Mary as a priest?

Mary, the Mother of Jesus was present at the foot of the Cross as her Son was dying in order to ransom mankind from sin. This got me thinking that Mary must hold a special place in Catholic devotion. ...
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What is an overview of Jesus' ministry during Holy Week?

Starting with his arrival in Jerusalem, what is an overview of events in the final week before his resurrection as they occurred on specific days of Holy Week? Note: I'm looking for an answer that ...
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How was the Catholic Easter calendar established, despite this passage?

Matthew 12:40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. If Jesus ...
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On the which council did Joseph of Arimathea sit?

Mark 15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Of which council was ...
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Prophetic Fine Art,what is it?

In many Pentecostal churches,they talk about prophetic art - pictures/paintings with prophetic value. And of course, the catholic church is full of art, but I do not know if they consider their art ...
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What is the case that 1 Corinthians 15:7 refers to James the Just, relative of Jesus, rather than James, one of the Twelve?

The following verses refer to "James," and most commentators identify him as the same James who is referred to as the "brother" of Jesus (though the exact meaning of that word is unclear). How do we ...
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Did St.Thomas really throw water in the air (in India) and it remained airborne?

I was told this during childhood, that this is how St.Thomas converted certain Hindu Brahmins to Christianity. Also on Wikipedia: Historical legend records that when St. Thomas landed at ...
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What is the Catholic doctrine on how to humble oneself before the Lord?

What is the Catholic doctrine on how to humble oneself before the Lord? How can one live such a life of humility, where we walk in a humble way before God and man?
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Why do we confess?

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Why is it so powerful to confess a ...
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What is the basis for saying that the Antichrist, man of lawlessness, and the beast of Revelation 13 are all the same?

It is generally assumed that the Antichrist, the man of lawlessness, and the beast in Revelation 13 all refer to the same end-time enemy of God. What is the basis for this assumption?
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The Devil in the Bible [duplicate]

In the Old Testament the devil is mentioned for the first time as Satan in Job. After that Lucifer is first mentioned in Isiah (thought it was Ezekiel but it was much earlier apparently) as the title ...
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Baptism in the New Testament

Why was Jesus baptized in the New Testament? Moreover, why does baptism even exist in the New Testament? After reading the old it seems it is not present anywhere.
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Who is the king described in 2 Kings 8:1–6?

2 Kings 8:1–6 (ESV) 1 Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Arise, and depart with your household, and sojourn wherever you can, for the Lord has called for a ...
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Jehovah's Witnesses Memorial of Christ's Death [duplicate]

Why did Jehovah's Witnesses not use the Passover this year to celebrate the memorial, as has been their tradition since Jesus instituted this to celebrate his death ?
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Is there evidence to suggest that John Wesley targeted the bottom third of society?

We see in society today that the bottom third of society are disenfranchied and led by loud mouths with empty promises. (Perhaps this has always been the case). My rough understanding of Wesley from ...
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Where did God come from? [duplicate]

According to the Christian worldview, I'm wondering how God was created. I've heard that he has always existed, but I'm wondering if that's really in the bible. If not, was he a product of creation. ...
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Transubstantiation while barred from sacraments

If someone is banned from receiving the sacraments through interdict or excommunication but does so anyway (perhaps they go to a different parish where their status is not known) does the sacrament ...
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How can we prove that God is not a blood thirsty diety? [closed]

I was talking a priest friend of mine about the Passion of Christ. He said, "I tend to give a short homily when the Passion is read because I do not want people to be led down the path that God is a ...
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Prior to Exodus 3:5, was it customary to take off one's shoes on sacred ground?

In the King James version of the Bible, Exodus 3:5, we read, And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. We are to ...
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How did Irish monks contribute to the evolution of private confession? [closed]

How did the Irish monks contribute to the evolution of private confession? Answers that include sources for additional reading on this topic would be helpful.
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Where does the bible reference a pagan sun god that was worshipped by the pagan cultures surrounding Israel? [closed]

Where is a pagan sun god referenced in terms of the sun that was created by God?
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Did Jesus really go to “hell”? [closed]

There are several sayings that "Jesus went to 'hell' after His death to save the then present people in hell". I do find it hard to believe this. A few questions then conjure themselves to mind that ...
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How does King James-only-ism apply to other languages?

How does King-James-only-ism apply to other languages? As far as I know, the King-James is an English specific bible, and the King-James-Only standard is an English specific subject, which if I am ...
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When was the name “Easter” first used for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus?

So what I'm trying to find out is who, and what religion, and where was this word "Easter" first used to describe the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
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Does Jesus advise to leave the pharisees or follow them?

In Matthew 23:3 Jesus advises that the people should follow the verbal direction of the Pharisees: So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not ...
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The right hand of the Father? [duplicate]

Why the right hand?And why the hand? Psalm 110:1 Of David. A psalm. The LORD says to my lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." Matthew 26:64 "You have said ...
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What was done with animals WITH defects?

A quick search reveals that the phrase "without defect" appears at least 46 times in the Old Testament. What happened to the animals that had defects? What is a defect, and were they fit for ...
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Was Charles Russel, Founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a Freemason?

I've heard it stated that the founder of Jehovah's Witnesses, Charles Taze Russel, was a Freemason (33rd Degree) which may have been partially responsible for his interest in collaborating bible ...

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