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Top new questions this week:

Were any of the early church leaders Gentile converts to Christianity?

By early, I mean the second half of the first century to the end of the second century. I know, for example, that Paul and Barnabus were ethnic Jews. The Apostle Paul mentions various Christians, ...

church-history early-church new-testament  
asked by Lesley 10 votes
answered by L1R 8 votes

Did Jesus defend himself at his trial?

Jesus's prayer in the garden, where he asks God for this cup to pass from him, seems to imply that Jesus did not want to die. In the gospel of John, Jesus gives a defence to Pilate, "My kingdom is not ...

crucifixion words-of-jesus atonement  
asked by matt2048 4 votes
answered by jong ricafort 0 votes

Who did God talk to in Scripture?

I think I know at least 2: Abraham and Moses. Are there any others? Were the Prophets just inspired or did any of them talk to God?

prophets  
asked by user157860 3 votes
answered by Paul Chernoch 6 votes

Are there any bundles of subsets of the New Testament that are common?

In Christianity you have the idea of the "Old Testament". In Judaism, this is broken down into smaller (and larger) chunks. You can find it in the Torah, the first 5 books of the Old Testament. You ...

new-testament gospels manuscript  
asked by Lance Pollard 2 votes

Find Bible passages by keyword/ topic

I am chemistry and biology lecturer. When I teach new concepts such as equilibrium or origin of life or liquids, etc, sometimes I would like to check if there is some interesting passage in Bible that ...

bible books  
asked by Open the way 1 vote
answered by Lesley 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What does it mean that Jesus fulfilled the law but did not abolish it?

We hear that we are no longer under the law. It even says so in Galatians: Galatians 3:23-25 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith ...

exegesis textual-discrepancies law-and-gospel  
asked by Richard 24 votes
answered by Steven 16 votes

What is the difference between commandments, testimonies, statutes, precepts, judgements, and law?

Reading Psalms 119, we see the following words: Commandments Law Way Testimonies Precepts Judgments Statutes Ordinances Word Deut 26: 16 - 19 reads 16 “This day the Lord your God commands you ...

old-testament terminology commandments law ordinances  
asked by Jabez 4 votes
answered by Monica wintworth 3 votes

Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible?

Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible? What is their reason for not accepting other versions such as the NIV or the KJV?

bible-translation jehovahs-witnesses nwt  
asked by Bijoy Thangaraj 16 votes
answered by David Stratton 18 votes

When did "tithing" come to mean "giving 10% of your gross income to the Church"?

I know the word "tithe" has "tenth" built into it, and so some Christians assume that every usage of the word "tithe" in Scripture is referring to "giving 10% of your gross income to the church." But ...

history terminology tithe  
asked by Jas 3.1 23 votes
answered by Mike 15 votes

In what order were the books in the New Testament written?

I'm just curious as to the actual timeline and known dates of the New Testament books. I know the version fo the Bible I read had the letters from Paul ordered by their size, and not when they were ...

bible history new-testament canon  
asked by meltdownmonk 13 votes

What is the evidence that suggests that the Apostle Paul was married?

I have heard people say over the years that it is likely that the Apostle Paul had been married at some point, perhaps prior to his conversion. However, there doesn't seem to be any biblical evidence ...

paul-apostle church-history  
asked by Narnian 17 votes
answered by Affable Geek 22 votes

Is there any Biblical Basis for 400 years of silence between Old and New Testament?

When I was researching about the deuterocanon (or the apocrypha, as most Protestants call them) I stumbled upon the notion that God was silent during a period of 400 years between the end of the Old ...

biblical-basis prophecy apocrypha inspiration deuterocanonical-books  
asked by David Woitkowski 31 votes
answered by SLM 7 votes
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