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Did the early church believe that Jesus was crucified on a cross or on a stake?

Jehovah's Witnesses unlike any other Christian sects believe that Jesus Christ was not crucified on a cross but was instead crucified on a torture stake, did the Early Church Fathers believe that ...
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Is there any evidence of the crucifixion of Jesus outside of the bible?

Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but someone instead replaced Jesus Christ during the crucifixion, Surah An-Nisa - 157-167 states that: and for boasting, “We killed the Messiah, Jesus, ...
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Did Jesus abstain from all food and drink during his 40-day fast?

To the best of my knowledge, when Jews fast they either have a minor fast, where they don't eat or drink anything at all, not even water, from sunrise until what they traditionally consider the next ...
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Was Jesus a Zealot? What can we learn from Reza Aslan's account?

The Book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan argues that Jesus was actually a Zealot, a Jewish revolutionary attempting to challenge Roman rule. Christians will ...
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Was Jesus subconsciously angry at God for allowing the Jewish Leaders to be so stubborn? (Mark 3:5) [migrated]

Jesus looked around at the Jewish Leaders with anger, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts. - Mark 3:5. The pursuit of Christian truth is concerned about what Mark 3:5 is trying to tell us ...
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How do Christians respond to the criticism that Jesus of Nazareth did not bring world peace?

One criticism I've heard of Christianity repeatedly by devout Jews is that Jesus of Nazareth did not usher in a time of peace - there are still wars, internal strife, and so on. Here is an example, ...
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What was the relationship between Jesus and the Pharisees?

A casual reader of the Gospels usually sees the Pharisees as Jesus' implacable enemies. After all, they often accused him of breaking the Laws of the Torah and Jesus frequently denounced them as ...
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How to respond to the claims says that Jesus went to India? [duplicate]

I recently saw that some say Jesus went to India/Tibet in the silent ages(generally refers to the period of Jesus's life between his childhood and the beginning of his ministry, a period not described ...
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Was Jesus actively persecuted at any other points during his Ministry and/or adult life?

It's commonly agreed upon that the Ministry of Jesus lasted at least 3 years. However, the plot to arrest Jesus begins only a few days before his crucifixion according to Matthew 26:1-5. Do we know if ...
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What were the nice things Jesus Christ did in his life that he is loved by so many people around the world?

I belong to a third world country where the official religion is fascist, irrational and unequal. Those who try to convert to other religions are harassed and marginalized. But when I compare my ...
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Is Jesus presently seated on a throne?

We often say or sing that Jesus is currently enthroned in heaven or seated on His throne in heaven. However, does Jesus instead teach that He won't sit on His throne before the Second Coming (Matt. 19:...
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Why don’t the apostles quote Jesus or reference any gospel events? [closed]

For somebody like Paul, it can perhaps be justified by the fact that the synoptics weren’t written yet, but that doesn’t explain why James and Peter barely reference any of the events or teachings in ...
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Are there any apocryphal writings to suggest that Jesus used a cart to travel long distances?

Jesus traveled extensively during the period his Ministry. Gospels depict him travelling on foot and by boat, the former covering the total distance of approximately 3000 miles. Some individual ...
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What is the biblical basis for typology between Moses and Jesus?

Does there exist a typology between Moses and Jesus Christ? My friend is a Roman Catholic and said that Jesus is the new Moses, is this true and if so what biblical evidence exists for this?
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Did Jesus engage himself in any profession before the commencement of his Ministry?

We read in Mark 6:2-3 : When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has ...
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Was St. Joseph alive when Jesus came to preach in his hometown?

We read how Jesus is rejected in his home-town, in Mtt 13:54-55 (NRSVCE): He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did ...
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What was the Early Church’s view on socialism? [closed]

I am fundamentally opposed to socialist but I was reading the Bible and came across ‭‭Acts‬ ‭4:32-35, where it says they practiced what looks like socialism. Now the full number of those who believed ...
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In the New Catholic Bible, is Isiaiah 9:5 speaking about Jesus, and who is the Wonderful Counsellor?

I have a question for Trinitarian Roman Catholics as to who Isaiah 9:6 (New Catholic Bible) is describing, and who the Wonderful Counsellor is. Isaiah 9:5 New Catholic Bible 5 For a child has been ...
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Did Jesus hear people's confessions while He was living on the Earth?

I am curious to know if the Bible mentions anything about Jesus listening to people's confessions and forgiving their sins when He was living on the Earth. For example, did He ever visit people who ...
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Does any denomination commemorate the Weaning Ceremony of Infant Jesus?

We read in Gen 21:5-8: Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Now Sarah said, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she said, “...
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How can Matthew 2:18 be fulfilled prophecy if Ramah is north of Jerusalem and Bethlehem is south?

Regarding the passage Mt 2:13-18. Joseph flees to Egypt with Jesus and Mary after being warned by an angel that Jesus’ life is in danger. Herod then kills all the male children less than 2 years old ...
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Can Christians have a right to defend themselves? [closed]

My friend is a Progressive Christian who argues that as Christians it is immoral for Christians to either defend themselves or their family and must be like Jesus a pacifist, he then goes on to quote ...
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Did Jesus Christ appear in the Old Testament in bodily form? [closed]

Bottom line up front: Is it possible Jesus had His glorified body in the Old Testament? I understand that in places such as John 1 "the word became flesh" and that it is clear about when ...
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Did anyone publicly call Jesus a glutton?

We see Jesus saying in Mtt 11:18-19 (NRSVCE): For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a ...
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Was Jesus Christ a refugee?

Yesterday I was debating the topic with my Progressive Christian friend who claimed that the Lord was a refugee. Was Jesus Christ, by definition, a refugee?
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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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Does Matthew 5:38-40 mean we have to remain pacifist? [closed]

In Matthew 5:38-40 Jesus Christ tells us that if someone hit you on the right check that you the other check to him also, does this means as Christians that we are supposed to remain pacifist and that ...
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Can Jesus' death be considered as a suicide?

As God is Omnipotent and Omnipresent, he already knew that is going to die and since he is all powerful he could have escaped the death. As he willingly did it, can it be considered as a suicide? As ...
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Did Jesus' body stay warm in the tomb?

We read in Jn 19: 39-40 how the body of Jesus was prepared for burial : Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with ...
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Did Jesus have a choice?

Could Jesus have opted to not go to the cross and still remain sinless? Or would that have been a sign of disobedience? Did He have a choice or not really?
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Why did Jesus write for a second time on the ground in Jn 8: 1-8?

We read in Jn 8: 6-8 (NRSVCE), of how an adulterous woman is brought before Jesus so that she could be judged by him: This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus ...
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Why does St. Peter use the phraseology "killed by hanging on a tree" while referring to the crucifixion of Jesus?

We read in Acts 5:29-30: But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree....
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Which lamb in the Old Testament is Jesus equated to?

We see Jesus being referred to as the Lamb of God, on many occasions. John the Baptist calls him the Lamb of God who takes away of the sins of the world (Jn 1:29). St. Paul refers to him as the lamb ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians who accept Jesus’ sinlessness understand this argument?

All men are sinful. If Jesus is not God, he is a man. Thus, if Jesus is a man, he is sinful. Jesus was not sinful. Thus Jesus must be more than a man. Premise 1 is merely an acceptance of Romans 3:23....
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According to Biblical Unitarians, was Jesus sinless?

Not much to add here - I need to ask this question as a pre-cursor to my next question. So, according to Biblical Unitarians, was Jesus sinless?
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Did Jesus have a different Will in Lk 22:42 ? What was it like?

We see Jesus entering his Passion , in Lk 22: 41-43 (NRSVCE): Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not ...
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According to Catholic scholars, what does John 5:6 tell of the "fully human" nature of Jesus?

We read in John 5:2-6 (KJV): Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of ...
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Are there any prophesies in Old Testament which got fulfilled in Jesus, but of which one cannot find a mention in New Testament?

It is said that there are more than 350 prophesies in the Old Testament which got fulfilled in Jesus and of which parallel reference can be found in New Testament. But the Evangelists have not given a ...
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Did Jesus ever tell jokes or use humor? [duplicate]

The New Testament tells us that Jesus was an exceptional storyteller who used symbolism to spread the Word of God. But did He ever use humor while telling stories? Or in His day-to-day life? Did He ...
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According to Catholic Tradition: Was Jesus a Genius?

According to Catholic Tradition: Was Jesus a Genius? Did He possess at least a 21st century education of the world and of science? For instance, if He had the tools and He wanted to, could He perform ...
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How do Catholic scholars explain the difference in wording of Mk 3: 21 in NRSVCE vis-a-vis KJV versions?

We read in Mk 3:20-21 (KJV) And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He ...
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Did the women disciples of Jesus go to his tomb on Sunday morning to perform an optional Jewish ritual?

We read in Jn 19: 38-40 how Jesus's body was embalmed before his burial: After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, ...
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According to Catholic scholars, were the two sets of believers in Jn 2 and Jn 6 treated in different terms by Jesus?

We read in Jn 2: 23-25: When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust ...
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According to Christians who believe that we cannot pray to Jesus, are we allowed to communicate to Jesus via song?

I know there are some Christians who believe that praying to Jesus is not allowed, and only praying to God(the Father) is allowed, such as certain Biblical Unitarian groups who teach that Jesus was ...
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When Jesus was living on the Earth, was He capable of communicating in all languages?

I am curious to know if Jesus was capable of communicating with everyone on the Earth back when He was living on the Earth. So, say for example, if a person from China had visited Israel back in 30 A....
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Non-Christian scholars who believe in the attributed authorship of the Gospels

Modern scholarship tends to reject the attributed authorship of the gospels. But are there non-Christian scholars who believe in the attributed authorship?
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John 1:1 Jesus true God or false god? [closed]

Isaiah 9:6, we read that Jesus is called the “mighty God” Yet, Jehovah God is called “mighty God” at Isaiah 10:20-21. Are there two “mighty Gods”? The real issue is not whether other beings are called ...
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If God required a fast - was it from food only? [closed]

Then Jesus was led up by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after he had fasted for forty days and forty nights, he then became hungry. Matt 4:1-2 Jesus was hungry - ...
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According to Catholic scholars, whose home was Jesus stopping by while visiting Capernaum, in Mk 2: 1?

We read in Mk 2: 1 When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home(NRSVCE) A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come ...
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How could Christ uphold the universe as a helpless babe?

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of ...
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