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I'm reading "A hunuger for God: The Sacred Discipline of Fasting in the Orthodox Church" by Fr. Peter A. Chambers. In part 1, Chapter 4 "The Development of Fasting in the Early undivided Church", starting on page 46: The text of the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, written in the early second century, says, "Let not your practice be with the hypocrites ...


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The Catholic Church regards itself as bound by the words of Jesus, who is reported (Matthew 19:9) as saying: I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery." On the face of it, this places the origin of Catholic annulment in the time of Jesus, limiting the purpose of annulment to ...


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The Dead Sea Scrolls are the earliest Hebrew scriptures we have, predating the Masoretic texts by several centuries. They show that the Hebrew texts have altered very little since the time of the Qumran sect, although there are some exceptions. Robert Eisenman says, in The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians, page 38, that 2 Maccabees has a patently ...


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The main purpose of the Nicene Creed was to establish Trinitarianism as Christian doctrine, in opposition to Arianism. If a majority agreement was obtained under duress, few bishops would have been courageous enough to say so; after all, duress implies that you must remain silent about your disagreement with the verdict. Edward Gibbon says in The Decline and ...


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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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Historical information This question seeks historical information about the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and their people. The Bible tells us nothing of historical value, beyond the plan to destroy the cities and the execution of that plan, which therefore places emphasis on any extra-biblical information available. It is not necessary for extra-biblical ...


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The most important argument against any claim made in Live from Golgotha, by Gore Vidal, is that the book is a novel, a work of fiction set in 96 CE. In presenting Paul as a charismatic marketer of a new faith, Vidal was not making a serious claim to historicity. Looking at the claim on its own merit, outside of the book, there are sound reasons to believe ...


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During the first century, the continuing virginity of Mary after the birth of Jesus does not appear to have been important. Matthew 1:25 concedes that Joseph and Mary began sexual relations after Jesus was born, or is at least ambiguous: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. Wikipedia states: ...


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The only sources that we have for the movements of Jesus are the gospels, so any reliable source must be based on these. However, reliably tracking the movements of Jesus is fraught due to differences among the four canonical gospels. These differences arise out of the sources that each evangelist used, as well as the interpretation that each evangelist ...


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Joyce Baldwin's commentary on Daniel says (pg. 129): Verse 10 supplies welcome evidence concerning prayer habits during the later biblical period. Windows . . . open toward Jerusalem is a literal understanding of Solomon's petition [at the dedication of the temple], 'When [foreigners] hear about your great reputation and your ability to ...


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I got most of this information by perusing Wikipedia. Simon Peter (brother of Andrew) - traditionally said to be buried in Rome, under St. Peter's Basilica. The tomb dates between 130 and 300. James (son of Zebedee and older brother of John) also called "James the Greater" - as the patron saint of Spain, he is said to have been buried in Santiago de ...


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The Belgic Confession (1561) states (Art. 4): " They are canonical books with which there can be no quarrel at all." and (Art. 5) "And we believe without a doubt all things contained in them." That's a long way before 1978, and you might find even older texts stating similar things. Catholic and Protestant churches share the same tradition here. During the ...


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This selected Aerarius' answer to What are the main differences between the Catholic and Protestant definitions of Biblical inerrancy? said: There is not any real difference between the Catholic teaching on inerrancy of Scripture and the generic "Protestant" view [...]. If this be the case, we have from the article on the Catholic position: The ...


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First of all, King Herod died in April 4 BCE, so the Massacre of the Innocents, attributed to Herod's fear of Jesus, must have been some time before this. Matthew also says that when Joseph was warned in a dream, the young family fled from Bethlehem to Egypt, where they stayed, no doubt for several years, until word reached them that Herod was dead. This ...


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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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