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As others have noted, dates of the writing of New Testament books are disputed. Let me use F. F. Bruce's "The New Testament Documents" as my major source here. This page -- http://www.freebeginning.com/new_testament_dates/ -- also gives dates, though some of these are rather earlier than the dates I've usually heard. Without getting into all the arguments ...


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Yes, this was the practice, nude baptism, up to the 4th century. Christian baptism was modeled after Jewish Mikvah baptism, which was nude immersion. This best symbolizes the new birth through Christian baptism.Nudity is not shameful, as long as it is not exploited or sexualized.


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First, it is important to realize that ancient writers almost never quoted anything in the way we do today. The normal way to "quote" was via allusion - the reader was expected to recognize the author's intent via a shared background. Even when quotes are explicit ("it is written", they are often not exact (ranging from free paraphrase to "memory error" - ...


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Wikipedia's list of Christian heresies turns up Audianism. This fourth-century group understood Genesis 1:27 to teach that God has a body like men. This is a form of anthropomorphism, which is more broadly defined by the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia as: Anthropomorphism is the ascription to the Supreme Being of the form, organs, operations, and general ...


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Below is my answer to the original question: "What are the arguments for Matthew's canonicity that don't appeal to Matthean authorship or the authority of the church?" I have leaving it as is, because it is still valid answer to that part of the question (and good information), although not all of it makes sense as a reply to the edited question. First, ...


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As I stated in an answer to an entirely different question, the Catholic Church distinguishes between three types of beliefs which Catholics must hold. In 1998, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a document stating and clarifying these types of beliefs, and noting the consequences for failing to assert them. Briefly, it notes that ...


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Was Peter ever in Rome and did he die there? There is no doubt that Matthew's Gospel tells us that Jesus nominated Peter as the rock on which he would build his church. So, whatever city could claim Peter as its patron would have a huge advantage over other cities in the Christian world. Tradition has credited various of the apostles with remaining a a ...



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