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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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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 ...
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Is there a German version of the Message Bible?

Is there a German translation of the Message Bible? I've read other German versions, but I can't find something as vivid and contemporary.
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To the LCMS Lutherans, how is the Bible the word of God?

A. The Bible is the Word of God. (means, all the words we read are the Words of God) B. The Bible contains the Word of God. (means, not all the words we read are the Words of God) C. other than A ...
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To the Lutherans ELCA, how is the Bible the word of God?

A. The Bible is the Word of God. (means, all the words we read are the Words of God) B. The Bible contains the Word of God. (means, not all the words we read are the Words of God) C. other than A ...
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What is the meaning of CCC-135?

CCC-135: The Sacred Scriptures contain the Word of God and, because they are inspired, they are truly the Word of God. I don't understand the sentence above, because (to me) "contain the Word of ...
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What is an overview of the perspectives on how a miracle is actually done? [closed]

Reading through Exodus and seeing that some of the miracles God told Moses to perform, pharaoh's magicians also performed them; I began to have these line of thoughts, that the acts of miracles may ...
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How did attitues to the deutero-canonical books in the Western Churches change during the second millenium? [closed]

What was the pre-Reformation understanding and how did that change during and after the Reformation Era for Protestants and for Catholics? What is the current position?
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According to dispensationalism, who is 'the dragon' and what are the differences between 'the dragon' and 'the beast'?

Based in the question: According to full preterism, who is 'the dragon' and what are the differences between 'the dragon' and 'the beast'? In some passages from the Bible there exists sentences such ...
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According to full preterism, who is 'the dragon' and what are the differences between 'the dragon' and 'the beast'?

In some passages from the Bible there exists sentences such as: Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. ...
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Is there a good Swedish Bible Translation that's not the equivalent of the NIV?

I have a friend in Sweden who is a new believer and I want to buy him a bible translated in his native language. Unfortunately, the only two translations I've found are the 1917 translation which is ...
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What is the translation methodology for the Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)?

I'm wondering about what sources were used for the NVI. Was it translated from from ancient Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek manuscripts? All I can find online is that the translators "follow[ed] the NIV ...
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Is there any institution that has translated or is translating the Bible to Indian languages from Textus Receptus?

I know there is one Hindi translation by William Carey but that is such an old translation that the Hindi used in that is no longer spoken in India.
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Is healing with honey mentioned in the Bible?

From webmd Honey’s healing properties are mentioned in the Bible, Koran, and Torah. Is is true that the Bible talks about healing with honey? What does the Bible say about honey's healing ...
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Is there reference to Jesus or the main Biblical characters outside the Bible? [duplicate]

I would like to know if there exists documentation of Jesus/Mark/John/etc, as well as Moses/Abraham/Isaac/etc, outside of the Bible? I would also prefer not to have reference from fellow Christian ...
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What are the written signs referred to in John 20:31?

John 20:30-31 30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the ...
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Why the Western European style names? [closed]

Why are mostly Western European style names like Matthew, Mark, Luke and John used for Middle Eastern people? I mean why are those names still spelled that way in the Bible when we could find all the ...
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What record is there of a canon of Scripture having been set at the First Ecumenical Council?

According to this synopsis As to Judith, he notes that the Council of Nicæa had, contrary to the Hebrew tradition, included it in the Canon of Scripture, and this, with his friends’ requests, had ...
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What Bible translations are accepted by Mormons?

A comment to another question that I had asked said that the LDS does not accept the NIV as a correct translation. Based on that comment it seems that they only accept King James Version (KJV) which, ...
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What was the role of Christianity in establishing Monogamous societies? [closed]

I was wondering about the question of 'How has the society become to be monogamous?' when I saw on Wikipedia (Polygamy) that Christianity seems to be the only religion that says clearly that we should ...
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Does the Catholic Church officially claim that the Bible is insufficient without tradition?

I read this quote at the Christian Research Institute's site: One, the fact that Scripture, without tradition, is said to be “God-breathed” (theopnuestos) and thus by it believers are “competent, ...
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Are there passages in the synoptic gospels that could be used to support faith alone? [duplicate]

I am wondering if there passages in the synoptic gospels that could be used to support faith alone? I know there are some which seem to be in contrast to faith alone like the sheep and the goats.
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Which is the book in the Protestant Bible containing most quotes of verses from other Bible books?

It'd be just interesting to know this as a fact. Also, to have an objective criteria, what will be the answer if we consider the percentage of verses in the corresponding book that are quotes(instead ...
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They will see but will remain blind

There's a verse in the Quran saying that the unbelievers will always be unbelievers because they can see the miracles, but even in this case, they won't believe. I'm pretty sure I already read that ...
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What does the Bible say about body art/tattos? [closed]

I'm not Christian myself but I have many Christian friends who have tattoos/body art. Is this something that is forbidden in Christianity?
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Good Urdu Translations of the Bible from the Masoretic and one of the Textus Receptuses, or just either?

I am looking for urdu translations that are reasonably close to the reconstructions of the Hebrew Masoretic text and/or Greek Textus Receptus, being a literal translation. Like how despite the KJV ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about other Bible translations?

I was communing with a group of six JWs and one of them brought out an app which compared the NWT with other translations and claimed that there is not much difference between them. Do Jehovah's ...
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Why did Jesus use parables to teach?

At first, Jesus taught by direct instruction and expounding the scriptures. For example, Luke 2:46-47: ​​​46 ​And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the ​​​temple​, sitting in ...
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Has the Bible ever been translated into Egyptian Hieroglyphics?

I'm very curious to see what the Bible looks like in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. There's an "ancient languages" department at one of the Universities in my city and one of the languages they offer ...
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What books are in a modern Peshitta?

I'm looking to buy a copy of the Peshitta so that I can learn Syriac, but I understand that it has gradually changed throughout history. The antilogemmon were excluded for the first 500 years or so ...
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Is the Vulgate the official version of the bible for entire Catholic Church, or just the Latin Church?

The Latin Vulgate is considered to be the official version of the bible of the Roman Catholic church. I'm wondering if this means it is only the official version of the Roman Catholic Church, or does ...
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What are the details for the Catholic position on the inspiration of Scripture?

Catholicism teaches that Scripture is inspired by God and that the bible is free from error "in matters of faith and morals". I'm wondering what the Church means when it says that the scripture is "...
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How is it that Georgian Orthodox Church are in full communion with the Eastern Orthodox Church when they have a different biblical canon?

There is a table on this wikipedia page which indicates that the Georgian Orthodox Church accepts 2 Esdras 3–14 (4 Ezra) and 4 Maccabees as part of their biblical canon, whereas the rest of the ...
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What key differences should I be sure to cover when explaining how I study the Bible as a Catholic to my Episcopalian friend? [closed]

A friend of mine was recently given a full Bible and asked if I could read through the book of Tobit with her. When we discussed the details of doing this, it turned out one of the things she is ...
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Do protestants believe that the New Testament is the final covenant?

Do Protestants believe that the New Testament is the final covenant/testament? For example, many branches which built off Christianity believe the Bible is not complete and requires another revelation/...
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Is there a trend toward not capitalizing the word “Bible”?

Just in the past few months, I've been coming across the word bible as a lowercase word. I'm not talking about the word as used in, say, "the fisherman's bible," or such similar uses; rather, the ...
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Do Pentecostals include the Old Testament in their Bible? Or do they only follow the New Testament? [closed]

I have a church near my home, and it's called the New Testament church. So, just wondering if their Bible doesn't have the Old Testament.
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In what sense is the bible is “clear”/perspicuous?

What do protestants mean when they say that the bible is "clear"? I would assume that it would mean that people reading the Bible or any part of it generally come up with more or less the same idea of ...
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Is the Book of Mormon considered to be another Gospel? (LDS perspective)

Is the Book of Mormon considered to be another Gospel? Paul tells us not to accept any other gospels apart from the one he has preached. Is the Book of Mormon considered to be another gospel? If so, ...
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How does the Catholic Church respond to the claim that its authority to interpret scripture is based on circular reasoning?

I've heard the claim that scriptural references to the establishment of the Catholic Church and its authority to interpret scripture is circular reasoning. From a conversation I was having with a ...
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What writing materials did the writers of the Gospels use?

I am wondering what kind of writing materials the writers of the Gospels used to make the original scrolls. I know that papyrus and parchment were used widely at the time.
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What was St Paul's age at the time of his conversion and what was his age when he died?

I think that there are no direct answers for this. I would like to know the age of the Apostle St Paul when he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus and how long he lived after that.
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How can we be sure of the authenticity of the bible [duplicate]

How can we be sure the bible we are reading today is what the authors wrote down and its not corrupted? And with the different bibles etc niv, catholic bible, king james bible how do i know which one ...
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Why sleep next to an open Bible?

Numerous times in my life I have heard vague references to leaving a Bible open, usually on a table near you, as you sleep. Is this is a real practice? If so what is the purpose? Is it thought to ...