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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 ...
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Why are days like “Sunday” or “Monday” not mentioned in the Bible?

Even though we celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday, there is no mention of days such as "Sunday" or "Wednesday" in the Bible. Why are days not mentioned in the Bible?
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Evidence of Jesus being either autistic or having difficulty speaking? [closed]

I believe I read somewhere that people who speak in analogies often have a speech impediment or have difficulty speaking. Is there evidence of this in the Bible?
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Bible Memorization App [duplicate]

I am writing a Bible Memorization App. It will have no ads and have no cost. What versions of the Bible can I use? Obviously the entire Bible will be contained in the app but less than 200 verses will ...
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Can any sin be forgiven? (According to the teaching of the Catholic Church)

I was trying to research the influence Christianity had on Hitler and Nazism, when I came across this: Hans Frank Frank acted as lawyer and senior official for the Nazi party and legal advisor ...
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What are the differences between the CRCNA position on infallibility and the ICBI position on inerrancy?

The International Committee on Biblical Inerrancy has set out two magisterial documents related to an understanding of inerrancy: the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978) and the Chicago ...
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With whom did Abel and Seth marry? [duplicate]

Adam and Eve have two sons, Abel and Cain. Cain slew Abel because of jealousy. Then Genesis 4, Cain got married, but to whom? Adam and eve were the first two persons in this world and that makes ...
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Does the Chicago Statement meaningfully support a doctrine of Biblical inerrancy?

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy makes the statements: WE AFFIRM that inspiration, though not conferring omniscience, guaranteed true and trustworthy utterance on all matters of which ...
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According to the bible, where did egypt arise from? [closed]

How was Egypt created according to the bible? Was it started by descendants of Cain? The descendants of Seth started the Israelites and Canaanites if I'm not mistaken.
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Why do Christians have different books in their Bible?

Some Bibles have all 4 Maccabees books, for example, while others don't. Some Bibles have Esdras and Wisdom, and yet others don't. Why is this? If there was an agreement on what books would be in the ...
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Why are verses missing in the Psalms in my Bible?

Today, to my surprise, I discovered that Bible in my native Georgian language is not complete. I have checked several sources and compared to English and Russian Bibles, and there are missing verses ...
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Who named the books of the bible? [duplicate]

We were reading the bible this morning and I asked my mum who named the books of the bible. She wasn't able to answer. Can you?
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How does scripture suggest “How Can I Love God More”? [closed]

One of the key concepts of Christianity is loving God. How does the bible define "loving God", and importantly, how to develop a deep love for God?
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Complete list of versification differences in the Tanakh

As already said in a question Jews and Gentiles versify the Tanakh (i.e., assign its chapters and verses) quite a bit different. I have been trying to find an exhaustive list of the verses that differ ...
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Would reading “The Street Bible” help me understand the KJV Bible?

I've not read the Bible yet but I'm planning on purchasing the KJV Bible, once I've got the money. But I've came across a book called The Street Bible: would reading this first help me to understand ...
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Looking for a website with the 1984 NIV Bible version

All the Bible websites that I know of have updated their NIV Bibles to the 2011 version. I used to use biblestudytools.com to access the 1984 version, but it now looks like it also has been updated to ...
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What is an overview of the differences between Old Testament and New Testament?

I am a Muslim and I am trying to understand the Bible for educational purposes. I've never known anything about the Bible apart from the fact that it exists. Now I have heard in many debates and ...
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How do I interpret Joshua 10? [closed]

I know questions have been asked looking for scientific evidence; but let's set that aside. If we are to interpret the bible, we must interpret it with scripture, no? This is why I will not accept ...
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Is there any substantive difference between the verbal reference “second Corinthians” and “two Corinthians”?

Paul wrote two letters to the Corinthinians: The First Epistle to the Corinthians The Second Epistle to the Corinthians In my experience, people use all kinds of colloquial language to refer to ...
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What Bible “type” disambiguation?

Bible shopping...I like to read from the HCSB, but I've seen a number of "types" of Bibles available: Daily Bible Devotional Bible Study Bible Reference Bible Thinline Bible Can someone compare and ...
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Meaning of term “satisfactory” in T. S Eliot's Journey of the Magi [closed]

In T. S. Eliot's "The Journey of the Magi", the following line appears: Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory Context: The three magi have arrived at the barn and one of them ...
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how are tarot cards,horoscope,and readings aginst God and scripture? [duplicate]

how is it that tarotcards and horoscopes and readings are against scripture? if one doesn't believe in them but uses for warnings or educational purposes,or fun? help! i have loved one that goes on ...
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Why are psalms in the bible printed with funny spacing?

What is the significance of the awkward spacing (on the right below) when songs are printed in the bible? Is this spacing in the original scripts, or is it assumed by the translator somehow?
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Who first divided the Bible's books into chapters?

I've heard that the Bible's division into verses was made later than the division into chapters. So, whose translation firstly came up with this system of chapter divisions that we have today?
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In which one of the four Gospels is the Old Testament quoted the most?

In which one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) is the Old Testament quoted the most?
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According to the Orthodox church, what is the purpose of the Bible?

I was raised with the view that the Bible is the book which contains everything we need to know, enumerates everything which is good and everything which is evil, is the manual for how to live a human ...
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How do Catholics view physical and digital copies of the Bible?

When I was in high school (a mission school), our principal (an Italian theologian and priest) was disgusted with the small blue New Testament bibles! He would throw them out of the window if he ...
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Why do some Christians use a period instead of a colon in verse references?

In the same way some countries write $1,000, some write $1.000, what do we learn when someone uses this alternative way of writing out verse references? I have one lecturer that prefers this. i.e. ...
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Did common folk have the opportunity to read or hear psalms in common language starting in 1000 in Europe or in Africa? [closed]

Did common folk have the opportunity to read or hear psalms in the lingua franca (common language between church and common folk) starting in 1000 in Europe? I think in the case of Africa the answer ...
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What writings are held as “biblical canon” by Swedenborgians?

Reading an article on Emanuel Swedenborg, I came across the following fact: It should be noted, however, that Corinthians is not included in the list of books that, according to Swedenborg, ...
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Who first distinguished between the inerrancy of the Bible and the inerrancy of the original autographs?

It's common these days among those who believe in the inerrancy* of the Bible to limit the statement to the original manuscripts. For example, the Chicago Statement reads: We affirm that ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the accuracy and truthfulness of the Bible?

Can anyone provide an overview of major Christian viewpoints regarding the infallibility of the Bible? Background: I am struggling with accepting that the Bible is 100% correct in all it says. All ...
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Where does Jesus Say He is God? [duplicate]

Many parts in the bible where he said he can't do anything by himself, but by the will of God. If you look at the sentences above almost all the prophets before him used the same words. When he said ...
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Can other “scripture” (such as the Quran) be used as ultimate authority in presuppositional apologetics?

I've been impressed lately with the presuppositional apologetic work of Sye Ten Bruggencate and how his arguments seem to be irrefutable by those he debates. The only problem I have is that he claims ...
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Clarification about “sons of God” who caused flood? [duplicate]

In Genesis 6:2, it says, "the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose." I thought that the only Son of God was Jesus. Does this mean that ...