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Dealing with any of the letters in the New Testament, either written by Paul (Romans - Philemon), Peter, John, James, or Jude.

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Did Jesus descend into hell in his living body?

We see Jesus telling in Mtt 12:40: For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the ...
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What is the significance of the 5 "faithful sayings" of Paul?

Throughout the epistles written by Paul to Timothy and Titus, he mentions 5 different "sayings" which he describes as "faithful" or "true". These 5 sayings are in: 1 Timothy 1:15-17 1 Timothy 3:1 1 ...
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Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source?

"Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source" However, I came to that post because of my puzzlement regarding Hebrews 10:5-9. I believe Paul is generally considered the author ...
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Which Prison Epistles are considered to have been written from Rome?

I recognise the modern challenges of traditional/specific dating of the NT books; and that this may suggest various answers. Are there any letters which are reliably recognised as having been written ...
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Reading through Ephesians 5 - is there any record of what Paul is quoting?

This is a quote recorded by Paul in Ephesians 5, regarding a saying about Christ. Was it something He heard when Christ came to Him or does the early Church record this quote originating elsewhere? I'...
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How many letters might Paul have written over his career?

How many letters might Paul have written over his 30+ years as an Apostle? For example, if one expects that he wrote one letter a month, that would suggest 300-400 letters. I'm curious if there is ...
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Why are 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus referred to as the “Pastoral Epistles”?

Why are 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus referred to as the “Pastoral Epistles”?
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Is a word [letter] and [scripture] in 2 Peter 3:16 the same meaning?

2 Peter 3:16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people ...
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Do all Christian sects believe that Paul's writings are words of God?

In other words, do all Christian sects see Paul's writings as divinely inspired? And when I say "Paul's writings", I mean all of Paul's writings in the New Testament. Not just some of the writings. ...
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Which Christian traditions value the Gospels more than the Epistles?

I'm wondering if there are (or were) any Christian communities or traditions that pay (or paid) more attention to the teaching of Jesus than to the teaching of apostles.
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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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Is there is any external source about Demas, Paul's fellow worker?

Demas appears at Colossians 4:14 and Philemon 24 as a fellow worker of Paul's ministry, and maybe as Luke's partner like Mark was Aristharcus partner. But in 2 Timothy 4:10 he appears having ...
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Is there a scriptural basis for treating the non-Gospel books of the New Testament as scripture?

Without citing any books of the New Testament besides the Gospels as evidence (since that would be self-referential), is there a scriptural basis (either in the Gospels or in the Old Testament) for ...
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What order were the Pauline epistles written, according to evangelical critical scholarship?

I am unaware whether this is a hotly contested issue or not, but if it is, I would be looking for the majority opinion among evangelical scholars, that is, scholars who affirm Pauline authorship, ...
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Can an early date for the certain Pauline epistles and a late date for Luke-Acts be reconciled?

Is there a respectable scholarly position that would ratify/explain an orthodox date for the Pauline Epistles (50-60 CE) and a late date for Luke-Acts (100-125 CE)?
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Why were the General Epistles written? [closed]

The six New Testament epistles known as James; 1 and 2 Peter; 1 and 2 John; and Jude are not directed to any one person or specific branch of the Church. The first verse in each epistle indicates who ...
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When did the Catholic Letters get called the Catholic Letters

The Catholic Encyclopedia says which books are the Catholic Letters but doesn't say how long ago it was that they were called that. I was wondering, because of another post asking for the oldest ...
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Are Paul's letters to be taken as God's word? [closed]

Sometimes, as I read the bible or listen to a speaker in church, I can't help but feel that while Paul's letters are full of well-grounded Christian wisdom and advice, they can also contain what seems ...
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