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Among modern critics who believe in the traditional authorship attribution for the Gospels, what are their reasons?

It seems everywhere I read online, lectures I listen to by Biblical scholars (on both sides of the table, liberal and conservative), Wikipedia, etc., it is stated that the 4 Gospels are actually ...
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Why is archangel Michael portrayed with a sword in art?

There is no mention of Michael wielding a sword in the bible, so I wonder if there are references in other texts?
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Physical death and spiritual death [on hold]

In John 6:58, Jesus says: "..This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Here, Jesus seems to be connecting ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain Thomas's exclamation, “My Lord and my God”?

In John 20, Jesus is resurrected and is showing Thomas the wounds in his hands, to prove that he is risen. In John 20:28–29, we see Thomas's response: 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my ...
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According to what we know from the Bible, are there humans in heaven now?

Most Christians believe that Enoch, Elijah, Moses, the thief on the cross who was pardoned by Jesus and all the saints who were resurrected during the crucifixion were all translated to heaven. Is ...
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Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?

I was having a discussion with someone and I said that if a Catholic priest took a Protestant service, it would not be bona fide Protestant service. They replied that Catholic priests can become ...
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Our Father in Heaven prayer — prose or verse?

I happened to read a write-up presented by Rev. Jack Kilmon, Bible scholar and researcher in his website "Scriptorium". Kilmon has attempted a retro-translation of the 'Our Father in Heaven' prayer ...
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Why did David wish to send Uriah back home?

After David committed adultery with Bathsheba, David began to contact her husband, Uriah. 2 Samuel Chapter 11 Verse 6 [New Living Translation] 6 Then David sent word to Joab: “Send me Uriah ...
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Why did this Early Version of the Watchtower Magazine include Crosses, and what do these other Symbols on the Magazine Represent?

The following is "Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence, October 1, 1907." I was under the impression that symbols (especially crosses) were not allowed in the church. "Jehovah's ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “men and brethren” in Acts? [migrated]

In several places in Acts, Peter, James, and Paul (and perhaps others) address groups of people by saying "men and brethren" – perhaps in the same way that we would use "ladies and gentlemen" or ...
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What is the purpose of asceticism?

Christians have been practicing asceticism for thousands of years. Why? I would prefer sources from before the Great Schism. If not are available I will accept Orthodox teaching from after that time. ...
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In the Non-Denomination Tradition is Christ Speaking only to the Jews or is he speaking to the whole Church? [on hold]

A pastor (un-discipled) when trying to use Daniel to Explain the Rapture to his flock which unfortunately includes a good friend of mine. Explained to them that Christ would remove his Church and the ...
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According to Catholic tradition, why doesn't God the Father punish ISIS?

A father punishes children who misbehave. Members of ISIS have misbehaved and slaughtered innocent people. So why doesn't God the Father punish ISIS? Please cite Scripture and relevant Catholic ...
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Ethics and investment, a Christian viewpoint [on hold]

I am a young man who has recently reached a point of financial stability. I'm starting to think about long-term plans which may one day buy a home, or provide for myself in old age. This raises the ...
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What evidence is there for the Resurrection of Jesus?

What historical evidence has been used by people who argue for truth of Jesus' Resurrection? It’s important to distinguish between the evidence and the best explanation of that evidence. This ...
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According to Catholic teaching, was Joseph and Mary's marriage a true marriage?

Well, I've read in several articles, and if not mistaken also in cannon law, for a marriage to be valid, there has to be consummation (intercourse). However, since, if I'm not mistaken, by Catholic ...
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What are the names of two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus?

What are the names of two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus? I was informed that their names were Dismas and Gestas. When I searched on the Internet, I got similar info. Is it true that ...
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What Christian denominations accept the idea of a pre-Genesis creation?

Some Biblical Scholars insist on a pre-genesis creation in which the angelic beings were made, this creation pre-dates the 6 day creation of the 'heavens and the earth' mentioned in Genesis 1:1. This ...
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Signs for “Book of Revelation” is happening? [on hold]

I know book of revelations has many signs for the end times, many are saying that it is happening now, but there are so many people saying so many versions about it, can any one point out the signs ...
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Have commentators historically seen Exodus 21 as referring to miscarriage or premature birth?

Interpretation of Exodus 21:22 has often been a battlefield in the abortion debate. When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out [other translations say "she ...
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Why Jesus mother still considered as a virgin? [duplicate]

If she is virgin, then how she gave birth to jesus. my question diffirent from this question.
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How did the Roman Punishment “cross” became a holy symbol to Christians? [duplicate]

The Romans used the cross as punishment to those who didn't follow Roman laws & principles. How then did the Roman punishment "cross" became a holy symbol to Christians?
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Genesis 37, Joseph Sold by His Brothers [on hold]

Why was Joseph Sold by His Brothers?
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What impact did Karl Barth have on Roman Catholic theology?

I ran across a book on Amazon called Karl Barth, Catholic Renewal and Vatican II. It seems strange to me that Karl Barth, a neo-orthodox Protestant, would have an impact like what the book's blurb ...
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When Jesus, Paul, etc. referred to the heart in the NT, did they personally have in mind the literal human heart? [on hold]

I started a thread over on hermenueutics.stackexchange.com with this same title a couple of days ago. But it was quickly given multiple down-votes and put on hold. There was actually one "answer" ...
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Did Jerome’s doctrine of Mariology affect his translation?

In a recent Q&A on Hermeneutics.SE, I made an arguement that carried the implication that Jerome's translation of κεχαριτωμένη ('favored one’)† as gratia plena ('full of grace’)† in Luke 1:28 was ...
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Parable of weeds - where did the enemy get seeds from?

In the Parable of Weeds, the enemy is narrated as sowing the seeds of weed once the farmer had sown good seeds (Mt 13:25). But, Matthew 13:30 suggests that the tares along with their ripe seeds ...
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September 23, 2015 [on hold]

I am sure you've heard about the "conspiracy theories" that have been plaguing the Internet lately... Does September 23, or September 23 2015 have any biblical/scriptural significance at all?
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Paul talks a lot about things that we “must do”. How does that fit with grace? [on hold]

I understand this is a broad question, but a broad answer is OK. It seems like in every letter of Paul he says "you must", or "do this thing". If we are not saved by what we do, then why does it ...
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Why doesn't the Roman Catholic church defrock Richard Rohr? [on hold]

Richard Rohr is a popular author and retreat leader. His philosophy combines Christianity, Jungian psychology, and a variety of insights gained from eastern religions. He quotes often from the early ...
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Why does “in” mean in Job 2:2? [migrated]

The King James Version of Job 2:2 reads: And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and ...
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Was the very command to “not eat of the tree” the beginning of death to mankind? [on hold]

Here is another question I often have in my heart as I study Genesis closely. But, first a little background about "the law". Paul tells us that "the law is the strength of sin" and "the power of ...
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Do both Godparents/Sponsors have to fulfill all the requirements? [duplicate]

What if one of the godparents is confirmed and the other is not, but both are Catholic? For instance, what if one potential godparent is confirmed, has taken all of the sacraments so far required, and ...
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Does the Catholic Church still stand behind Deuteronomy 22:28-29?

I am very confused by this passage from Deuteronomy 22:28-29: If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay her father ...
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How was Jesus the Seed of David if Jesus is God who created Man (Adam), and David is the seed of Adam?

How is Jesus the Messiah, the seed of David, if Jesus is God, and God created Man (Adam), and David is the seed of Adam? This is a never-ending circle, and can't physically be possible. We are told in ...
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Did Jesus lie about going to a feast? [duplicate]

I know Jesus is not a liar, but an incident in the New Testament has puzzled me for a long time. Jesus was asked by his disciples if he was going to go to a feast and he said he wasn't, but, later he ...
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How many times is Peter named or addressed in the New Testament? [closed]

Peter is the the ROCK in which Jesus built his church. He is the first leader / Pope of the Catholic church. How many times is Peter referenced in the New Testament as compared to the other ...
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In the Latin Catholic Church, would clerics administer the last rites if the sick person's illness is contagious and deadly?

In the Latin Catholic Church, would clerics administer the last rites if the sick person's illness is contagious and deadly? Diseases can be deadly and can spread by water, air, and/or bodily fluids. ...
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According to Catholic teaching, what constitutes a prophecy to be Messianic?

It is a generally known fact that in Jewish history there have existed many diverse thoughts and theories regarding the Messiah, and different words of prophets, known as Messianic prophecies, have ...
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Were any prophets sent to the Canaanites before Jewish immigration?

Were any prophets sent to the Canaanites before Jewish immigration? I seem to recall there was a verse stating there were not, but I wasn't able to find it. Are there any verses in support of or ...
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Can man's free will override God's sovereign power? [closed]

Can man's free will overpower God's sovereign power? I spend a LOT of time studying scripture and I seem to frequently run into the idea (from Christian friends) that "God can't seem to do anything ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of Soteriology in the Bread of Life Discourse in John chapter 6?

Catholics interpret the Bread of Life Discourse in John chapter 6 in light of transubstantiation (= the miracle of bread changing into Jesus' literal flesh and wine changing into Jesus' literal blood ...
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Is Jesus depicted as dead or alive on a crucifix?

According to Catholics, is Jesus depicted as dead or alive on a crucifix?
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Did John Calvin ever read Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica?

I've read in a few places online (here, for example), that John Calvin did not have access to Thomas Aquinas's great treatise, Summa Theologica. This is mind-blowing. Consider: The last edition of ...
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What information do we have on the real vision of Pope Leo XIII?

There are a lot of stories, like this one about the vision of Pope Leo XIII which prompted him to write the prayer to Archangel Michael. Stories of a conversation between Jesus and Satan, often being ...
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How do Catholics explain 1 Corinthians 11:21 in light of Transubstantiation?

Catholicism interprets 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 in light of the dogma of transubstantiation ( = the miracle of bread changing into Jesus' real flesh and wine changing into Jesus' real blood performed by ...
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Is Satan an absolute being? [closed]

The pictograph of Satan includes 3 characters of 'two front teech', 'basket', 'seed'. The meaning can be destructive basket seed. From the word we can see that Satan doesn't have power itself, but ...
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How Jesus Christ was controlling this universe when he was in the lap of Mary? [duplicate]

The Bible teaches that there is not anything hard for the God and that all the universe is under his control. The question is then, when Jesus Christ was in his childhood how was it possible to ...
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Will World end on Oct 7,2015? [closed]

Is this believe of Christians because I have listened this from Christians? If this Biblical prediction proves wrong then will Bible be called a false book?
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Is the Christian concept of “redemption” meaningless apart from God? [closed]

Does religion own the idea of "redemption" as it appears in Christian theory? Is there space for the idea of "redemption" in atheism? Or does the term become meaningless (i.e. untranslatable) ...

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