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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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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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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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How long was Jesus's ministry?

I've always heard, over in over, in Church and elsewhere that Jesus's ministry on Earth was only three years. However, it doesn't seem that there is much supporting Biblical evidence for this, or at ...
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Who was Pharaoh when Moses lived in Egypt?

Do we have a good idea as to which Pharaoh(s) were around during the time of Moses' life? What internal and external evidence exists to back up those claims? Do any Christian traditions attach any ...
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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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What year did the Hebrew nation with Joshua cross the Jordan river into the promised land?

In terms of our current and modern dating system, what year did Joshua and the Hebrew nation cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan? Also, based on this what year would the first Jubilee year have ...
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Does the Bible say when the day of the Lord (as described in 2 Peter 3:10) will occur, and does it go into more detail about this particular event?

I have been reading about the Bible and saw this passage: But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements ...
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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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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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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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Was the Last Supper not the Passover meal?

The accepted answer on How long was Jesus in the tomb? would only have been possible if the Last Supper was not the Passover meal, which I had always thought it was. Was the Last Supper in fact not ...
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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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How could Jesus be born during the reign of Herod, and when Quirinius was governor of Syria, if those periods were not contemporary?

In Matthew 2, it makes it clear that Jesus was conceived during the reign of Herod and was a young child when Herod died. After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in ...
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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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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 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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How we do we know that Joseph wasn't Hyksos?

According to the ancient historian, Mantheo, the fifteenth dynasty of Egypt were a people known as the Hyksos, literally the "rulers of foreign countries" or, as sometimes been translated "the ...
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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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In which year was Christ born?

This question is a spin-off from On which date was Christ born? There are differing views on the birth year of Christ, which also affect the dating of the resurrection (as we know Jesus's age on ...
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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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When was Abraham alive?

It is generally accepted that Abraham lived 175 years. However, the dates when he lived are rather fuzzy and hotly debated. When was he alive and what reasons would you give for your conclusion? ...
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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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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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When was David born?

I would like to know when David, the king of Israel, was born.
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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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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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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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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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How long was Jesus in the tomb?

Christians commonly celebrate Good Friday as the day that Jesus was crucified, and Easter Sunday as the day that Jesus rose from the tomb. Most relevant verses in scripture say that Jesus would be in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does the Bible indicate when the Ark of the Covenant officially disappeared?

As the title asks, does the Bible indicate when, where, or how the ark of the covenant finally disappeared? If not, do we have any likely clues?
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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 far advanced was the Virgin Mary's Pregnancy when she returned to Nazareth?

According to the gospel of St. Luke, the Virgin Mary after receiving the good news from the angel Gabriel, visited her cousin Elizabeth (a week's travel away) and stayed with her for three months. 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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Creation order of events: Was there unanimous consent among the Church Fathers?

Is there unanimous consent (as described here and here) among the Fathers of the Church who wrote on the interpretation of Genesis that the order of events of creation actually occurred in the order ...