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I have never heard of any contemporary account that directly refutes the gospel story, and it is unlikely that a refutation of the gospels was ever written. Although we can never know, it is unlikely that the pagans were at all concerned, or threatened, by the emergence of what they still regarded as a new strand of Judaism. The Jews were, at that very time, ...


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The good Friday, Easter Sunday tradition is as pagan as anything can be. True to supposed Christian form, these answers pick at one or two scriptures referring to a "3rd day" in defense of infecting today's belief with Pagan traditions! The actual sign of the Messiah was NOT that he would be raised on the "3rd day" but that just as Jonah was in the belly of ...


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The best reference for answering this question, is not surprisingly, from Bruce Metzger. He is probably the foremost textual critic of the 20th Century - a fact that both Dan Wallace and Bart Ehrmann would agree with. The UBS4 is, in large part, his baby. His work: The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance can be found online ...


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why did they forsake God many times? Moses warned them this was a possibility. Deuteronomy 6:11-12 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which ...


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I believe that I have the text you need, more or less at any rate. The Catholic Encyclopedia article on Pope Gregory IX states: In February, 1231 ... the pope enacted a law for Rome that heretics condemned by an ecclesiastical court should be delivered to the secular power to receive their "due punishment". This "due punishment" was death by fire for ...


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Greek Text ὅπως ἔλθῃ ἐφ᾽ ὑμᾶς πᾶν αἷμα δίκαιον ἐκχυνόμενον ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἀπὸ τοῦ αἵματος Ἅβελ τοῦ δικαίου ἕως τοῦ αἵματος Ζαχαρίου υἱοῦ Βαραχίου ὃν ἐφονεύσατε μεταξὺ τοῦ ναοῦ καὶ τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου (Textus Receptus) Textual Variants According to Constantin Tischendorf's critical apparatus, the Codex Sinaiticus omits υἱοῦ Βαραχίου, but there are earlier ...


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Josephus speaks in Wars of the Jews, Book 4, chapter 5, of Zacharias son of Baruch, who was killed in the temple at Jerusalem, around 67 CE. Much discussion surrounds the various similarities between this event and the passage in Matthew 23:35 (and Luke 11:51), where Jesus accuses the Jews of slaying Zacharias between the temple and the altar. Many ...


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In addition to the census there is information regarding the lunar eclipse. According to EarthSky: Each calendar year has at least four eclipses – two solar and two lunar. Most years have four, but five, six or even seven eclipses are also possible. Does it say anywhere wether the eclipse was full? I couldn't be sure since we cannot know how long it took to ...


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Roman Catholics We are going to have a huge bash, fireworks, a massive mass and the Catholics around the world will proclaim their victory. The pope himself is going to speak on behalf of all Christianity: he'll speak about the past, the present and the future of the Vatican. We plan on hiding 2,000 Easter eggs in memory of past popes too. Look for ...


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Actually, more appropriate would be to notice that many of the early church fathers were either Platonist or Neo-Platonist. St. Augustine being the most Platonist, Christian of them all. In fact, his "City of God" is nothing but an allusion to and offshoot of Plato's "Republic." And as far as belief of the trinity, these early church fathers actually derived ...



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