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In Acts 21:38, the Egyptian is described as leading an army of sicarii ('the assassins')' out into the desert. Richard Carrier, in his paper on Luke and Josephus explains that the Egyptian was first mentioned by Josephus in both Jewish Wars (75 CE) and Antiquities of the Jews (93 CE). Josephus mentions three specific rebels, and Acts of the Apostles ...


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What are the 'things offered to idols' written about in Acts 15:29 In context we need to consider that what was happening was that gentiles were entering into fellowship in the Jewish Christian community. The question arose as to how these gentile Christians should be dealt with. Some wanted them to go through circumcision (in effect become Jews). Jesus ...


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Things offered to idols are the sacrifices made in pagan religions, much as sacrifices were offered to God before the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. The only apostle from whom we have a first-hand discussion of these things is the apostle Paul. In 1 Corinthians 10:25-32, he says that Christians may eat meat sacrificed to idols, but preferably only ...


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The account in Genesis seems pretty clear that the cave of Abraham is in Hebron. Modern commentators seem to agree that Stephen was "telescoping" multiple Genesis accounts of patriarchal burials into one shorter narrative. I. Howard Marshall's commentary says, for example: The relation of the story of the burial to the Old Testament traditions is ...



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