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38 or 29 cities?

Is there a contradiction? There were 38 / 29 cities of Judah toward Edom southward. [H, 387] Joshua 15:20-32: 20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their ...
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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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How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9 which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct

Matthew 19:9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. On a simple examination, it seems to imply that sexual ...
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When did the use of formal, seminary-type education begin and why?

When did it become the norm for church leaders to get a formal Christian education and why did that process begin? When I say formal education I'm not talking about the mentor/mentee style that Jesus ...
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What Bible passage does this $1,000,000 dollar bill reference?

Got this neat dollar bill on a trip to D.C.. Turns out it was an advertisement for a church. The back of the bill is a story about Jesus and something about becoming a Christian. But I digress: What ...
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What does the Bible say about vegetarian diets? [closed]

Is there any verse in Bible that says something about being a vegetarian or non-vegetarian? I know God set human beings above the other creatures, but what does it say about whether we can kill them?
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Does the Bible speak of Cain's actions [closed]

Seth was the son of Adam and Eve and brother to Cain who killed Able! Was Seth the father of Noah? Was Seth murdered in front of his son Noah by Cain?
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Which denominations teach of a resurrection on Earth? [closed]

To my knowledge, only Jehovah's Witnesses speak of a physical resurrection on the earth, whereas others speak of strictly a heavenly one. Are there any other denominations that teach of a physical ...
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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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In modern times, what would happen to a Roman Catholic monk if he were to violate his monastic vows?

So, I was watching a documentary about the Codex Gigas, or "Devil's Bible", and it said that the Codex Gigas was written by a single scribe over the course of decades as a way of doing penance of what ...
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What do we know ***historically*** about Jesus? [closed]

How do historians study the events of Jesus' life, and the person he was? I read a book on the topic, and it held the position that the gospels were revised to appease the Romans - especially the ...
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Is every Doctor of the Church a Saint? What are the requirements to be made a Doctor of the Church?

This is a question directed at Roman Catholics, or anyone familiar with the history of the Roman Catholic church. Every Doctor of the Church is a saint. I was curious if this is perhaps a ...
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Was Phoebe a deacon?

Was Phoebe a deacon? The NIV/NLT translators seem to think deacon: Romans 16:1 NIV I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. Furthermore, when I read the ...
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All Israel shall be saved

I am confused by the statement that Paul makes in Romans 11:26, where he explains that all Israel shall be saved. My church believes that if you die in your sins, there is no further hope for you. ...
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Were OT prophets poor or wealthy? [closed]

did they need to relay on others ? I hope you can base your answer on the OT
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Is John 8:23 contradicted by 1 John 4:6 or does the latter mean that we are born of God at the born again experience?

Is John 8:23 contradicted by 1 John 4:6 or does the latter mean that we are born of God at the born again experience? From this comes the following: does the born again experience happen by the Holy ...
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Is Asia in the Bible the Asia of today?

I have this sneaking suspicion that the Asia listed in Acts is not the continent of Asia. Acts 19:9-10 ESV But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before ...
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Is Jesus the seed of Abraham?

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ was the seed of Abraham. Doesn't modern knowledge of reproduction tell us that the seed comes from the female and not the male? If this is so then Mary was from ...
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Is the Holy Watcher of Daniel 4:23 of a Similar Class to those Found in Scroll of Enoch?

Daniel makes mention of a holy watcher, which is an interesting distinction from the usual references to angels. Is this of a similar class to the watchers found in the scroll of Enoch? Or is this ...
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How do Catholics reconcile these verses about giving publicly and yet privately?

I understand that the Bible encourages charity, however my question is in regards to how it proposes we ought to go about performing charity according to Catholic Christians. "Do not repay anyone ...
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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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When are the various assorted labels for Catholics applied and how are they related? [closed]

This question arises from: For Catholics who object to Vatican II, what are the key issues? | MonicaCellio, and as a complement to it. From the Catholic Church's Credo Chart, Catholics believe in the ...
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What is the Origin of the name 'Yahweh'? [closed]

Potentially, the name Yahweh could have come from Jethro the Midianite or via Canaanite god Yam. I want to ask if Moses received the use of the term Yahweh through Jethro a Midianite, or was it a ...
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Is there a scriptural example of a non-believer speaking on God's behalf?

EXAMPLE: I recently read an article about Christian Mingle (CM), the most popular Christian Dating site in the world who carry the slogan "Find God's Match for You" and boldly splash Psalms 37:4 on ...
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Is there any evidence to support a preference for second-career pastors coming disproportionately from IT?

Anecdotally, I know a lot of bi-vocational and second-career pastors who came from IT. At seminary, I saw a lot of them, and 2 of the 4 pastors at my current church have this background. I remember ...
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66 views

The question of graven images [duplicate]

It seems to me that people are having a serious problem defining what the Bible means in reference to the graven image, so I pose this question: if the Bible says not to create any graven images, then ...
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What are the fruits of the Spirit?

When I was young I remember a list on the wall that stated 12 points. The ones I can remember are love, joy, peace, patience, gratitude. I'm certain these are straight out of the Bible. What are the ...
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If God is all knowing then why didn't he prevent Adam and Eve from sinning? [duplicate]

God in the Christian faith is said to be the all knowing, everlasting God. But if God is all knowing then why didn't he prevent Adam and Eve from eating from the tree of Good and Evil, or perhaps just ...
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How can a non-physical God create a physical universe? [closed]

I was just curious on how God could create a universe of physical matter when God is a non-physical being to begin with. How can a non-physical being create physical matter? Thanks if anyone can ...
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How well supported is the interpretation of Genesis 18 by Rublev's Icon of the Holy Trinity?

This was produced in the 15th century by Andrei Rublev's icon of the Trinity, a highly regarded Russian orthodox artist: It interprets the three men of Genesis 18 as being physical visitations of ...
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How is the view of guaranteed salvation for infants justified?

Many Christians hold the view that unborn and born infants and children who die before the age of reason or eternal responsibility are guaranteed access to heaven. For instance, Dr. William Lane Craig ...
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1answer
141 views

When can our prayers change God's mind/will? Is it wrong to pray against the will of God? [closed]

Firstly I believe that prayer can change God's mind. Like when Moses asked God to not smite the Israelites. But when can our prayers change the will/mind of god? I believe we have to pray that ...
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For Catholics who object to Vatican II, what are the key issues?

From time to time I see references to Roman Catholics who object to (part? all?) of Vatican II. Most commonly I see ads in my local newspaper for traditional Latin masses, but I understand the ...
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1answer
57 views

What is the puropse of the other choirs of angels? [closed]

There are nine choirs of angels: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Archangels, Principalities, and Angels. What do the Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, and Principalities ...
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Are humans above angels? [closed]

In this verse Hebrews 2:7 it says that we are a little lower than the angels. My question is, if Jesus (God) took the human nature and this way he shared his divinity with the human nature. Doesn't ...
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Why is baptism by the Holy Spirit called a “baptism”?

Somewhat relating to this question. Many times I have been asked by members of some protestant denominations (especially by Baptists and Pentecostals) whether I've been baptized, followed by the ...
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During creation the Bible says, God saw that various things were 'good'. Did He not know they were going to be good? [closed]

It is almost as if God made stuff and then realised, hey this is good! Surely an all knowing God would know this, should not have to confirm it by seeing it was good. Why then, the peculiar way of ...
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1answer
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What is the difference between a Christian and a Messianic Jew?

I know that most Messianic Jews speak Hebrew, but besides that is there any difference between a Christian and a Messianic Jew? Do they have any significant differences in faith or hope!
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Catholic Exegesis: The Cleansing of the Temple

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging ...
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Jesus' sacrifice covers our eternal hell? [duplicate]

I believe that Jesus' death (his punishment) is a substitute for our death (our punishment) which allows us into heaven--Jesus paid the price for our sins. I also believe that this substitutionary ...
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The dove at the Baptism of Jesus

Did a real, physical dove appear at the Baptism of Jesus, or is this just metaphorical language (maybe a symbol found at various places in the Scriptures?)? Maybe someone could shed light on this.
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Do Mormons practice “soaking,” and is it an officially sanctioned activity?

I recently became aware of the concept of soaking, as an "alternative" to sexual intercourse, which is allegedly practiced by certain Mormons, as a moral way to express one's premarital desire for ...
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0answers
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Praying for Jesus? [closed]

I'm trying to understand the meaning of prayers, But not just to see it as a communication with God, but more as a unity with Him. That's why I would like to ask if Jesus' mother Mary, or His ...
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2answers
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Why do some Christains feel the obligation to remove their hats during prayer?

As far as I know, Judaism has no tradition of removing a head covering / hat during prayer. Therefore, the Christian tradition started sometime after the split and it is not an inherited tradition. ...
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Why was Jehu considered a “bad” king of Israel?

He started off well by killing Jezebel, thereby ridding the country of an evil presence. Where did he go wrong afterward? Did he for instance, adopt her idolatrous practices (or similar ones)?
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Are my feelings altered when I enter the Kingdom of Heaven? [closed]

5th Commandment: Honour thy father and thy mother Hypothetically speaking, say my father has sinned, he doesn't believe in God and won't repent on his deathbed. By all of the standards of ...
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1answer
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Was David mainly upset about Uzzah's death…?

Was David mainly upset about Uzzah's death because of the amount of responsibility that came with being God's anointed and being responsible for the ark of the Covenant?
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Why did the Catholic Church change so radically after Vatican II in regards to the status of Jews?

It's said that the full deposit of the faith was revealed by Jesus. For example, before Vatican II the Church was overtly anti-Jewish. St. Thomas Aquinas writes in the Summa Theologica that "it would ...
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2answers
73 views

Why does God promise descendants for Hagar?

Why does God promise Hagar that she'll have a lot of descendants? If God had planned on fulfilling his covenant through Isaac, the promised son of Abraham, and knew that the strife between Jews and ...
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Where in God's promises did it show that Abram needed to have a child through Sarai?

I've been studying Genesis 15-16 and I am wondering, why was it wrong for Abram to have a child through Hagar? After all, it was a common practice in those times that if a woman were barren, she ...

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