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The Fast of the Third Month

Relative to research I'm doing, I wanted to pick the brains of the community at large and see if anyone had an answer to a question. Josephus states that Pompey took Jerusalem in the third month (...
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The issue in the prophecy of 1914

I was reading this Wikipedia article and I reached this part: Jehovah's Witnesses assert that Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 607 BC and completely uninhabited for exactly seventy years....
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Why did Mary Magdalene and the other women disciples wait until the dawn of Sunday before arriving at the tomb?

When our Lord died on the Day of Preparation (for the Sabbath) that is Friday, there was an urgency to get his body into the tomb before sunset, because at sunset the sabbath day would begin and any ...
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How Many Souls Have Ever Lived?

This question is related to How Did Ussher Determine That the World Began on "Sunday Evening, October 23, 4004 B.C."? From a Christian perspective (i.e., beginning with the premise that the ...
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Was the destruction of the first Temple in 586 BC or 587 BC?

There is much in scripture concerning the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple and of the city walls, and carrying more Jews into captivity. (e.g. 2 Kings 25:1-19; 2 Chron 36:18-19; ...
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Do references to the book of Jasher in the Bible prove that the book of Joshua was written after the death of Saul?

The book of Joshua references the book of Jasher (Joshua 10:13), as does 2 Samuel 1:18. However, the quote from the book of Jasher in 2 Samuel 1:23 references both Saul and Jonathan, both of whom ...
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Why is the Crucifixion believed to have happened on Friday? [duplicate]

Arguments have been made for the crucifixion not being on a Friday. In particular, it is obvious that there are not three nights between Friday and Sunday; Friday night and Saturday night are only two ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, what is "these seventy years" refering to in Zechariah 1:12 and Zechariah 7:1-5?

So the angel of Jehovah said: “O Jehovah of armies, how long will you withhold your mercy from Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with whom you have been indignant these 70 years?” (Zechariah 1:12, ...
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Can details be given as to how “the integral age of the righteous” teaching arose?

This Q is a follow-up to one I recently asked in Hermeneutics – link - https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/80776/does-the-hebrew-of-deuteronomy-312-indicate-that-moses-date-of-death-was-...
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Jehovah's Witnesses - What is the reasoning that led to 1914 being considered a significant year? [duplicate]

Looks like there are a few questions here about Jehovah's Witnesses viewing 1914 as a significant year in the history of mankind, but not much about what their reasoning has been for that. The other ...
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How much time passes between Adam and Jesus?

According to Luke's genealogy Jesus is the 76th great grandchild of Adam. But in the holy bible how many years elapse between the creation of Adam and the birth of Jesus? I have googled the question, ...
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Are there any theories or traditions for dating how long after creation the Fall of Man occurred?

Apologies if this question is too speculative. The Bible does not explicitly state how long after Creation the Fall occurred. It can be argued to have occurred before the birth of Seth at the very ...
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According to Protestant Old Testament Scholars, why did God charge Adam & Eve to multiply during creation week if they didn’t until after the fall?

Q: According to Protestant Old Testament Scholars, why did God charge Adam & Eve to multiply during creation week if they didn’t until after the fall? It would appear that as soon as God made ...
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According to the LDS, when did the “true church” cease to exist?

I was recently engaging with an LDS user on this site who said the true church fell away very early. How early was this? Does the church have official teaching on it and why did it happen?
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When was the Gospel of Mark written?

We have a variety of questions on when New Testament texts were composed, such as: When Was The Gospel of Luke Written? When was the New Testament written, and by who? (unfortunately, the posts here ...
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In what order would you recommend when reading the books of the minor prophets for better understanding?

I found it a bit difficult to follow the storyline the books of the minor prophet presented even though I read them chronologically. I was wondering if there was a particular order they should be read ...
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Is Jesus's return on the clouds the same event as Him riding the white horse? [closed]

Jesus says that He will return "on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory" (Matt 24:30). Is this the same event as when He returns on the white horse in Revelation 19? And I saw ...
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How do Christians who believe that Jesus preached to the dead in Sheol justify reversing the chronological order of verses 18 & 19 of 1 Peter 3? [closed]

1 Peter 3:18-19 has been one of the most controversial passages in the Bible throughout time. And for good reason. I'd like to address a particular interpretation of the passage, however. 1 Peter 3:...
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Most complete biblical genealogical chart?

Dutripon, Bibliorum Sacrorum Concordantiæ pp. v-xii gives a chronological table divided into six ages, numbered by years of the world (anno mundi) and years before Jesus Christ (ante J. Ch.). He says ...
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What is the most credited date for the birth (or calling) of Abraham?

Wikipedia says the following: The patriarchs and matriarchs were either real individuals or believable composites of people who lived in the "patriarchal age", the 2nd millennium BCE. But, ...
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Given many questions as to whether Jesus was born on 25 December or not, I ask if the ambiguity in scripture is meant to teach us something?

Are we going all round the houses debating whether it was autumn, winter, or spring when Jesus was born, when it’s what the Bible does not say about the date of his birth that should speak volumes to ...
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How do Jehovah’s Witness support their belief that Jesus started ruling (invisibly) from heaven in 1914? What has been happening in those 107 years?

I have been asked to write an article on what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe with regard to Jesus’ return or presence in 1914. Here are some quotes from official J.W. sources that I know about: The 2,...
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How do Christians who are neither Evolutionists nor Young Earth Creationists explain the timeline of the six days of creation in Genesis chapter 1?

It would appear that defining the word ‘day’ in Genesis ch. 1 has a profound bearing on stances taken. Young Earth Creationists take them to be literal 24-hour-earth-days, but Evolutionists say they ...
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What is the biblical and historical basis for the belief that the Second Coming of Christ hasn't happened yet (as of 2021)?

Simple question: many Christians believe that the Parousia (aka the Second Coming of Christ) hasn't happened yet (as of 2021). Why? What is the biblical and historical basis? What are the strongest ...
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According to the Catholic Church is the ordering of the events in the Gospels (prior to the Passion) important to understanding salvation?

I really love The Chosen, but I noticed that the chronology of some of the events, when certain parables were told, etc. Teaching the Lords Prayer to children prior to public ministry, these are all ...
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Jesus' Resurrection occurred before angel rolled back the tombstone?

Many exegetes claim, without proof, that Jesus resurrected before the angel rolled back the stone, in order to show that he passed through it as he could walk through doors or as he was born out of ...
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Does anyone know the name of the pharaoh that Joseph brought his family to meet?

Jacob and his house of 70 Jacob in Egypt, Wikipedia According to Wikipedia, Jacob brought 70 people to an Egyptian pharaoh. Israel and his entire house of 70, gathered up with all their livestock and ...
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How Did Ussher Determine That the World Began on "Sunday Evening, October 23, 4004 B.C."?

One of the more famous estimates of the age of the earth was given by James Ussher in 1656, who, based on a literal biblical interpretation, concluded that the world began on Sunday evening, October ...
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Evangelical Christians claim Jerusalem was destroyed in either 587 or 586 BCE. What is the evidence?

Whereas Jehovah's Witnesses believe Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BC, historians, many evangelical Christians, and most others who write on such things believe it was destroyed in either 587 or 586 ...
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Jehovah's Witnesses claim Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BCE. What is the evidence?

The usual date given for the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in academic and Christian publications is either 587 BCE or 586 BCE. The Watchtower claims it was destroyed in 607 BCE. This ...
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Is the date of final compilation of the books of the Old Testament an integral feature of the Wellhausen Documentary Hypothesis?

So, using the Wellhausen Documentary Hypothesis scholars argue the books of the OT are finally compiled much later than the "Traditional" view. Are the dates for the final edition critical to the ...
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According to Catholicism, how should one read the Catholic Bible?

Is there any order that we should follow to read the bible? Like whether we should follow some chronological order or just read randomly. I am just starting to read the Catholic Bible and don't know ...
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Could Jesus’ appearing before Pilate, Herod, and scourging happen in 3 hours?

The time line is answered as seen in this answered question: Can John's Passion chronology be reconciled with that of the Synoptics? It seems most reasonable to me. Yet I am still left with the ...
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How old was Zedekiah when he became king?

1 Chronicles 3:15 says Jehoiakim was born 2nd, Zedekiah was born 3rd, and Shallum [Jehoahaz] was born 4th. Jehoahaz was 23 years old when he became king, and Jehoiakim was 25 years old when he became ...
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Where do the writings of John place chronologically according to preterists?

Under the preterist view that all of John’s writings we're completed prior to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, where would they be placed chronologically in the New Testament canon?
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James first or Paul's letters

Is the letter of James promoting "Faith without deeds . . .is empty" in response to Paul or are the Pauline references to "Faith alone" a response to James? In reading them it seems James might the ...
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How long were Jacob and Rachel married?

For various reasons, I've always wondered how long Jacob and Rachel were married before her death. Rachel's death (shortly after giving birth to Benjamin) is record in Genesis 35:16-18. As a result ...
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Matthew/Luke Generations missing between Rahab and David

While some people are interested in where the generations are different, my problem comes from where they are the same, to wit: Boaz, Obed, Jesse, David Now Rahab is listed as the mother of Boaz. My ...
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Can time dilation be used to reconcile Young Earth Creationism and scientific evidence, regarding the age of the Earth?

Young Earth Creationism posits that the Earth is much younger than scientific evidence suggests. My question is, could time dilation be used to explain and reconcile the apparent differences? Time ...
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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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Good Samaritan - Chronology, Geography

I'm currently studying the parable of the Good Samaritan, and I'm wondering why it was chronologically placed in Luke 10 which seems to indicate the encounter with the expert in the law occurred ...
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What is chronologically the last mention of redemption in the Bible? [closed]

What is chronologically the last mention of redemption in the Bible?
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When was David born?

I would like to know when David, the king of Israel, was born.
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The chronology of Genesis in relation to language

Based on the following verses... Genesis 10:5 (From these the maritime peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with its own language.) The Hamites Genesis ...
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Jeremiah's seventy years

Many people come to different conclusions around the seventy year exile prophesied I. Jeremiah 25:11. Some say they were 360 day prophetic years, others say "seventy years" is a phrase to mean a ...
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Are there any universally accepted or non-Abrahamic based records in history that have mentions of longevity of prophets?

Reading from here and Genesis 5 we see that there are mentions of longevity among prophets: Adam – 930 Seth – 912 Enosh – 905 Jared – 962 Methuselah – 969 Noah – 950 Shem – 600 Eber – 464 Abraham – ...
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Actual days taken from Maundy Thursday to Crucifixion [duplicate]

What we currently know is that the Jesus was taken custody after the last supper (Maundy Thursday) and crucified on Good Friday, the day after the last supper. My Question is, can this be true? I ...
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When was the actual Transfiguration of Christ?

I can only find one reference online, which is before Lent. Is there multiple dates? or one definite one?
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Are there any complete tables that can accurately pinpoint the year of the flood?

Answers in Genesis -> Timeline for the Flood says that the Flood happened in 1656 Anno Mundi. However, they don't provide similar table to tell that the exact same Flood starts at 2348 BC. Instead it ...
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Why Does Herod Say He Had Beheaded John the Baptist When He Knows He's in Prison? (Mark 6)

In discussing what King Herod had heard about Jesus, in Mark 6:16-17, it says: But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!” For Herod himself had ...
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