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Questions tagged [bible]

Questions about the history, composition and canon of the Bible. Don't use this tag for beliefs and practices in the Bible.

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Why are the White Cliffs of chalk not taken out by the Flood?

So The Great Flood God sent out in the time of Noah. Why did the flood not take out the chalk wall in Dover because chalk is so easily washed up. catastrophist have made attempts to tackle the ...
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Specifically, who is The Bible for? [on hold]

Instruction manuals are designed for the apt and not the incapable. The Bible is an obvious instruction manual. The singular one apt to “fulfill the prophesy” is the Christ. Does not then it logically ...
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Parallel German (Martin Luther's 1534) and English Bible in PDF format?

I've been looking specifically for a PDF version of the Martin Luther 1534 translation of the Bible with a Parallel English translation (preferably KJV, but any edition will do). I've been hitting a ...
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The meaning of “know” in the Bible [migrated]

Am wondering about the use of "know" in the more biological sense in the Bible (he knew his wife). Is this an euphemism by the first translators into English? Do we know more precisely what the word ...
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Why is the Textus Receptus important?

I've seen it mentioned that some translations use the Textus Receptus and others don't, so why is this document important?
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Question about nativity and timelines

I can't quite wrap my head round this one. How do we know so much about the birth of Christ, but almost nothing about his growing up? As I see it, there were only a handful of people at the birth, ...
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How many prophecies in the Old Testament are about Jesus? [closed]

From what I’ve ‘heard’ at times there are select prophecies in the Old Testament that are apparently a reference to Jesus. Are there only a select few, if so which are they? Or are they a truly ...
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John 3:16 vs 1 John 2:15

Why does the bible say in John 3:16 that "For God so loved the world" but 1 John 2:15 says "Love not the world". If God Himself loved the world, why shouldn't we love the world?
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Which was written first Noah’s Flood or the Gilgamesh Epic?

I am finding conflicting information on the web... Was it Book of Genesis or the Gilgamesh Epic that was written first?
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Does the Bible list any “miracles” specifically accomplished by the Devil?

Also, could you consider the Devil moving Jesus to the top of the Temple as such?
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Did Jesus heal a person with a chromosome defect?

Is there anywhere in the bible a hint or something saying Jesus healing someone with a chromosome defect? For example somebody with a Down Syndrome or similar. What about today's healings? Was it ...
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Are there any Bible that comes with explanations of each verses?

I'm looking for a NLT Bible which would have explanations of each verse? I would like to do a deeper study and don't want to end up misinterpreting some of those verses. Thanks.
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Did Moses Have A Speech Impediment?

Did Moses have a speech impediment? Because Acts 7:22 says he was powerful in speech and action which contradicts Exodus 4:10.
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Looking for source of quote about “doing what you should be”

The other day I saw a quote I really liked on the board in front of a church as I was passing by. However I don't remember it 100% and wanted to see the source of the quote. Unfortunately I don't ...
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Can a secular government ever be a moral authority?

Can a secular government ever be a moral authority? For example, if there comes a day in the future that a secular government decrees that murder is no longer a criminal offense in that nation, ...
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Mention of being more profitable if you do a business rather than a job?

I am trying to find similarities between different religions on the assumption that doing business has greater good than doing a job. Is there any mention of such thing in Bible?
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Why do some earlier Bibles not have a publishing date?

Ive noticed that some King James Bibles that look several decades old don't have a date of any kind. How can one get an idea of how old a Bible is or when it would have been published?
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What were the editions to the KJV since 1611 and who did them and when?

So the King James Bible came out in 1611 with the authorized version, then in 1769 with the standard version. Supposedly, there were some minor spelling corrections made in the late 1800's and in ...
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“The weak shall be cut down by their peers” [closed]

I bumped into a Facebook post today mocking a particular Bible passage, quoting: The weak shall be cut down by their peers They never provided any reference and it's one I don't recall ever ...
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Who said the following [closed]

American King James Version For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Was it God who said this?
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What are the differences between most Christian Bibles and Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible?

Are most Christian bibles and Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible the same ? If not what are some important differences in them?
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Which versions of the Bible do contemporary British Pentecostal churches typically use?

I am writing a novel where one of the characters is a Black British Pentecostal Christian from London. In the interests of accuracy, I am trying to work out which version of the Bible he would be ...
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Are there eyewitness accounts of Jesus Christ written during (or closely after) his lifetime?

In recent times, it has come to my understanding, that the New Testament was written in its entirety only after Jesus Christ has died. I ask for in the search of documents which date to Jesus' ...
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The Holy Bible a Sacramental?

Is the Bible a sacramental because it is a Bible, or must it be blessed by a priest to become the Holy Bible? Also, is there a distinction between the holiness of the Bible as an object, and the ...
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Has the US Catholic Church given an imprimatur to any English Bible translations intended for children?

There are several Bible translations that have an imprimatur in the Catholic Church, such as the New Jerusalem Bible. This Wikipedia article lists other translations with an imprimatur, but as best I ...
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In the bible, who saw the light and was blinded?

I heard a quote somewhere that described a biblical character who "saw the light" and was "blinded" and "crawled" his way through a certain location. Who is this referring to?
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Why is Christianity fixated on ancient Israeli culture? Is such a 'spacetime-lock' evidence of falsehood?

When I studied Mohammed's religion, I thought the insistence and enforcement of 7th century Arabian culture (e.g. diet, clothing, marriage, law) on the entire planet unreasonable, and evidence it was ...
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How do Christians justify worshiping someone who kills naive children/innocent beings? [closed]

For example, in the Old Testament, Jehovah sends two bears to maul 42 children to death when some of them mocked one of his followers: "[23] And he went up from thence to Bethel: and as he was going ...
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What are the NIV cross-references? Where do they come from?

In my NIV Bible I see tiny letters inside the text and references to other passages in the margins. Some of these are tremendously helpful, some seem only to relate by the use of one word. Where do ...
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What do the paragraph markings in the Jubilee Bible 2000 translation mean?

What do the paragraph markings on the Jubilee Bible 2000 mean? Take a look at the 1st, 5th, 8th verses in 1 Peter 5 (among other examples): Image via Bible Gateway. Reading the translator's notes, I ...
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Did any of the Apostles travel to present day Saudi Arabia? Apostle Thomas?

Did any of the Apostles travel to present day Saudi Arabia? Apostle Thomas?
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Did Jesus ever say in the Bible to preach Christianity or his message to the Non-Jews? [closed]

My question is very simple: did Jesus mention or command his followers to go and preach Christianity (worshiping Him) to Indians or the Non-Jews? If he did not mention it why are Christians preaching ...
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How do I verbalize “Lesson: 1 John 4:7-21”?

Is it correct to say: "Today's lesson is from the first book of John, Chapter 4, verses 7 through 21"?
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Do any Bibles contain the Book of Nathan the Prophet and/or the History of Nathan the Prophet

A possible reference to the Book of Nathan is described in 1 Chronicles 29:29: "Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the ...
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Daniel's timeline - Yom Kippur dates 2024 [closed]

Hello, I have been working on a hypothetical Daniel’s timeline for the final “week” of 7 years prophecy (using dispensational/literal interpretation of days in the timeline) described in Daniel/...
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Is Methodism more strict in biblical interpretation? [closed]

I just wanted to know that is John Wesley and his denomination Methodism more literalist, fundamentalist and strict in their interpretation of the Holy Bible or not?
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Is the use of rosary by Catholics a pagan practice? [closed]

Some Christian pastors and apologists have said that Catholics are heretics because they practice many pagan, un-Christian and un-biblical things, such as rosary among others. They justify this by ...
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How easy was it to get a Bible (Old Testament or both Testaments) in the Eastern Roman Empire during the early reign of Justinian?

My question spawns from a book I am thinking about writing. It is the story of how a young man (teenager) living in a tribe of nomads trading along the Silk Road. He becomes a Christian and ransoms ...
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Do JWs have books besides the Bible that they view as “sacred” or “inspired”?

I see that the JW website contains the text of a few different Bible translations: KJV, ASV, Byington, New World Translation and The Kingdom Interlinear Translation. From articles such as "The Bible ...
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What is the difference between the Gospel and the Holy Bible? [duplicate]

Probably my question here is trivial, but I'm interested to know the difference between the Gospel and the Holy Bible. Also, does anyone have the original version of it (I mean the original version ...
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According to the Catholic Church, why does God hurt others to punish David in 2 Samuel:24?

Why does God hurt innocent people to punish King David? Moreover, even David doesn't understand it, raising the additional problem of why God would give a punishment not understood by the person ...
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How many times does the New Testament quote the Old Testament?

I found this resource [1] that lists all the references to Genesis found in the New Testament, and it made me curious if there is a list of all Old Testament quotes found in the New Testament. Have ...
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Was the darkness that came during Jesus's death a solar eclipse? [duplicate]

Matthew 27:45 - From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. I know a solar eclipse is only a few minutes, but it seems like it would match the description. I want more ...
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Is there an online or downloadable “copyable” bible?

What I mean is a site or file that is designed to be copied on the computer. I.e, no headers, no footnotes, all chapters of a book on one page, preferably with options like verse-per-line and ...
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How many languages has the King James Version been translated into?

Yes, that's what I mean. Please read before downvoting. Our sister site hosted this question, which tells us that Winston Churchill said the King James Version of the Bible had been translated into ...
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What version of the Bible should a beginner read? [closed]

I am interested in learning the true Bible story. Yet; there are so many different versions published. From general talk they all seem to have varied content and conflict with each other. Many are ...
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Why is the word “dragon” in the Bible?

I'm not asking about what is the dragon, it's the devil okay, but my question is why is it called "dragon", why dragons exists in the Bible, when they are nothing more than mythical creatures. ...
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Does Catholicism allow the possibility of new books being added to the Bible?

The Catholic Church recognizes 73 books in the Bible (46 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament). Does the Church allow the possibility of new books being added to the Bible, perhaps in a "...
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Did the pre-Christian Greek Bible contain only the five books of Moses?

The New Testament quotes portions of the Greek Old Testament (known as the Septuagint, or LXX for short), including portions of books beyond the Pentateuch (or five books of Moses), some of which are ...
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How did Christians cultivate their knowledge of the Bible before mass-printing of the Bible?

The Bible is by far the most sold book ever. As this site says: Bible Society’s attempt to calculate the number printed between 1816 and 1975 produced the figure of 2,458,000,000 – almost 2 and a ...