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Did Ellen White say that the book of Hebrew was written by Paul?

Did Ellen White say that the book of Hebrews was written by Paul? According to the Seventh-day Adventist Commentary, the book of Hebrews has many differences compared to Paul's other writings.
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What are all the conflicts between old and newer manuscripts made to the book of Mark?

I have seen that the book of Mark has an addition in some manuscripts, see Wikipedia page (see the section: Ending) I would like to know which other changes were made to the book of Mark
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Can Jesus encourage someone to commit sin? And furthermore, can Jesus hasten someone to commit a sin?

Can Jesus encourage someone to commit sin? And furthermore, can Jesus hasten someone to commit a sin? In John 13:27 it reads: And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That ...
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Did Satan physically touch Jesus in the Desert?

We read in Matthew 4 how Jesus was tempted in the desert. First temptation goes like this: The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”. Note the ...
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Was Jesus physically anointed by someone?

We hear Jesus saying in Lk 4:18: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. We see a number of chosen persons in OT getting anointed for specific ...
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Why did Pilate use the attribute of Messiah for Jesus?

In an example of exceptional cases, NIV of Mtt 27:17 reads: When the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the ...
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Does the pseudepigrapha contain accurate history?

Do pseudepigraphical books such as the testaments of the patriarchs or the gospel of Thomas still contain accurate historical information about the biblical era even if they contain some false ...
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Why does non-canonical books quoted in the bible not invalidate the books that quote them?

The Book of Enoch is famous for being quoted quite a few times in the New Testament. This wikipedia page lists dozens of books that bible quotes that aren't canon. I've seen arguments for why these ...
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How did the apostles and other disciples distinguish between themselves during the time of Jesus' public ministry?

We read in Mtt 26:14 : Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests... On a number of occassions including the Last Supper, 'the twelve' are referred to as '...
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Why did Jewish leaders change their mind on the arrest and execution of Jesus?

We read in Mtt 26:3-5(NIV); Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembles in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and ...
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What is meant by Intertestamental Literature?

We read in Jude 1:14-15: Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about these people. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones to ...
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Did the wine jars of Cana overflow on the miracle?

We see minute details of preparation for the first-ever public miracle of Jesus in John 2:6-7: Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from ...
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Are there any apocryphal writings on the apparent gap between Verses 4 and 5 of John 2?

We see in John 2:3-5, a prelude to the Miracle at Cana: 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you ...
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Was the host of Wedding Feast at Cana a close relative or friend of Mother Mary?

We read in John 2:1-2: 1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. See that the primary ...
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In the original editions of the Vulgate, were the apocryphal books separated?

In doing research primarily online, I have been seeing conflicting claims about how deuterocanonical books were inserted into the Vulgate by Jerome. Some say that in the original manuscripts of the ...
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Are there any apocryphal writings, or writing by scholars on the last drink that Jesus had on the cross?

We read in Mtt 27:48 how a person standing by the cross , runs to get sour wine for Jesus to drink, after the Lord cries aloud in Aramaic. Jn 19:29 states that a jar of sour wine was there. It was to ...
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Did Jesus work miracles before Cana?

We read in Jn 3:11 that the miracle Jesus worked at Cana was first of the signs that revealed his glory. That would imply that the first miracle done by Jesus in public , was at Cana. But is it not ...
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Why, in the Gospel of Mark, is Jesus referred to as the son of Mary but, in the Gospel of Luke, he is referred to as the son of Joseph?

Why, in the Gospel of Mark, is Jesus referred to as the son of Mary but, in the Gospel of Luke, he is referred to as the son of Joseph? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of ...
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By what name was Jesus called until the 8th day after his birth?

We read in Lk 2:21 , how Jesus was named : After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. ...
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Did any Jews accept the Deuterocanon?

Obviously during Christ's time and maybe even before there existed different sects of Jews who held to different beliefs, but was there any sects of Jews who accepted the Deuterocanon was scripture or ...
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Can Christians use the Ring of Solomon?

What is the real origin of the Ring of Solomon? According to the Testament of Solomon it was given by the archangel Michael. Is it ok for Christians to use that? Any Christian resources (books/...
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When was the Old Testament Canon defined?

When was the Old Testament Canon defined? I wonder if it was defined in the days when Jesus was crucified
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Why does the unknown author of Hebrews attribute authorship of Psalm 95 to David, but in my bible it is not written that the author of it is David?

I wonder why does the unknown author of Hebrews attribute authorship of Psalm 95 to David, but in my bible it is not written that the author of it is David? Was it an error from the unknown author of ...
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The year 1000 anxiety?

They say that before the end of the first millennium there was widespread anxiety or fear on account of the end of the world predicted for the year 1000 A.D. in the apocryphal gospels. Do you know ...
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Are there any apocryphal writings to suggest that Jesus used a cart to travel long distances?

Jesus traveled extensively during the period his Ministry. Gospels depict him travelling on foot and by boat, the former covering the total distance of approximately 3000 miles. Some individual ...
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Should the Book of Enoch be included in modern Bibles? [duplicate]

Given that Enoch is well respected by the authors of the Bible, do you believe that the Book should be included in modern Bibles? I believe it should because it is scripture based and backs up and ...
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Did Jesus have a different Will in Lk 22:42 ? What was it like?

We see Jesus entering his Passion , in Lk 22: 41-43 (NRSVCE): Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not ...
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How did Mary know after the Annunciation that she would be accepted as wife by Joseph?

Luke 1:26-38 gives us the full text of conversation that took place between Blessed Virgin Mary and Angel Gabriel . The Angel does explain to Mary how she would conceive of the Holy Spirit, but does ...
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Did the 1st Century Church Accept the Deuterocanonical books?

I understand that both the Eastern Orthodoxy and the Catholic Church accept the Deuterocanonical books as scripture. However, since their founding (I understand that they would both claim to begin ...
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What is the author's intention in 1st Clement 30:5?

I have researched various translations of 1 Clement 30:5 and would be thankful if anyone could expound what is meant by: Blessed is the offspring of a woman that liveth but a short time. Be not thou ...
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Which canon did the Early Church recognize?

I’m trying to compile the History of the Bible, at least the Christian recognition of what was inspired and what wasn’t in the Old Testament. I‘ll neglect the question of who had the authority to ...
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Are there any other early non-canonical nativity accounts besides the Gospel of James?

In the spirit of the season, I wanted to peruse some nativity accounts in ante-Nicene or near-post-Nicene literature. I've read the Gospel of James of course, but I don't really know of any other non-...
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Why is the story of Joachim and Anne considered true in tradition but mentioned only in apocryphal works?

Recently I have been reading about different Christian traditions that aren't neccesarily written in scripture but have been accepted by the RCC (and sometimes Orthodox Church) as tradition and true. ...
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How much of the deuterocanonical books are true?

I found this book on Christian Doctrine in my class (I go to a private Christian school) and you could clearly tell it was of protestant bias. It stated that the deuterocanonical books contradict what ...
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Did Jesus reject the apocrypha?

In this video, John Barnett says "Jesus rejected the apocrypha" at 2:06:46. He goes into detail to discuss how Jesus accepted particular writers but rejected others. Are there any scriptural ...
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Did Jesus' disciples celebrate His birthday?

Celebration of birthdays of some prominent persons was very much in vogue at the time of Jesus, as we see at Mt 14:6. Now that Christmas has come to be one of the greatest feasts of Christianity, ...
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How tall was Jesus? [closed]

We read at Luke 19:2-4 (NRSVCE): " A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because ...
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What is the dating for the last books of the Catholic Old Testament?

What is the dating for the last books of the Catholic Old Testament? I'm aware that Maccabees is pretty late, like 1XX BCE (end of 2nd century)... I'm wondering if any books are later than that.
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According to Reformed Theology, why did the 70 Jewish translators include the Apocrypha?

I read at carm.org: Paul tells us that the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. This means that they are the ones who understood what inspired Scriptures were, and they never accepted ...
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Is there any Biblical Basis for 400 years of silence between Old and New Testament? [closed]

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 ...
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What was the forgers intentions for doing their forgeries?

I've been reading on some of the Apocrypha lately and a question arose. Why would people make forgeries of such important texts? I understand that the writers were trying to gain followers to their ...
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Is there any evidence to support the authenticity of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a paper on the subject: "The Ethics of Late Judaism as Evidenced in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs". The writings consist of the last words and ...
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According to Catholics when were names added to The Book of Life?

According to Catholics, are names added to the Book of Life anywhere in the Bible (after Creation)? Including apocryphal writings or extrabiblical sources from within the Catholic spectrum. I see ...
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What rationale do KJV-1611-Only give for not recognizing the apocryphal books of that version?

For the first 274 years of the KJV (including most notably the 1611 version) the KJV included the apocryphal books. So if the 1611 version is inspired why don't the Protestant KJV-1611-Only crowd ...
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What are the main reasons of EOC for why the Protoevangelium of James was not to be included in the canon?

What are the main reasons of Eastern Orthodox Church for why the Protoevangelium of James was not to be included in the canon? I was looking for a resource stating those reasons, but couldn't find. ...
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Is there something in Sirach that caused it to be considered Apocrypha?

My limited research on the topic suggests the only reason Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus or Ben Sira, etc.) was put in the Apocrypha was because the Jewish canon excluded it. As for why the Jewish canon ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of Sirach 42:14?

"Better is the wickedness of a man than a woman who does good; and it is a woman who brings shame and disgrace." - Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus) 42:14, RSV.
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Was the First Apocalypse of James written after the Second Apocalypse of James?

The current version of the Wikipedia article for the First Apocalypse of James has the following sentence at the end of the article: One of the most curious features of the First Apocalypse of ...
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Did the mention of Simon Magus contribute to Acts of Peter not being part of the New Testament?

The Acts of Peter is an Apocryphal book about the Apostle Peter after he moved to Rome. It seems to talk about Simon Magus a good deal. I am interested as to whether that is one of the reasons it was ...
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How do Catholics defend the apparent errors found in the deuterocanonical books?

How do Catholics defend the apparent errors found in the deuterocanonical books? Errors in the Apocrypha
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