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What is the significance of "seventy times seven"?

Twice in the bible, God makes reference to "seventy times seven" (or "seventy-seven times"). Once in Genesis 4:24 (dealing with Cain's punishment for his murder of Abel), and the other in Matthew 18:...
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Did this phrase "love the sinner but hate the sin" in this form originate in Christianity and who is credited to have first used it?

This article "Are we to love the sinner but hate the sin?" | gotquestions.org says: Many Christians use the cliché “Love the sinner; hate the sin.” This C.SE question Is “hate the sin, love the ...
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What is the historical origin of the "Last Supper" expression?

This is not a question about the meaning (self-explanatory) of the expression, but on its origin. In particular, about who, where, and when. There seems to be nothing about this around. The New ...
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Is the term Kyrie Eleison Latin or Greek?

Kyrie Eleison is a term that is used in the Latin Mass of the Catholic Church. However, I've been told that the phrase is entirely Greek and not Latin at all! So is the phrase Latin or Greek? Is it ...
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Who first came up with the phrase "an over-realized eschatology" and in what context?

The phrase "an over-realized eschatology" seems to get a run from time to time in theological discussions (example) or blog posts (example). Who first coined this phrase* and in what context were they ...
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When and where does the statement, "Christ paid the penalty for our sins" first appear?

The statement, "Christ paid the penalty for our sins" does not appear in the Bible. When in the history of Christian theology did this specific statement first appear? Who said it? Please provide ...
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When is the phrase "Word of God" first used to refer to the Scriptures?

The phrase "Word of God" or "Word of the Lord" and variants are commonly used (at least among evangelicals) to refer to the Bible - i.e. the written words of the prophets and ...
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Is the “dark night of the soul” mentioned in the Bible? [closed]

I saw a documentary where a priest said that the “dark night of the soul” is mentioned in the Bible, but I was not able to find where. Is the “dark night of the soul” mentioned directly or indirectly ...
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Is Luther really the originator of "We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone"?

The quote "We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone" is commonly attributed to Martin Luther, but is this actually so? If so, in what context did he say or write this? If ...
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What is the earliest recorded instance where Mary is called "Blessed Virgin?"

I was recently spending some thought on this topic which came from this question: How do Protestants understand the blessedness of Mary in Luke 1:48? I answered the question and proposed as an ...
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Where did the formula, "Good works are the fruits of faith," originate?

A previous question of mine, "What is the biblical basis for the belief that good works are the fruits of faith?" provides examples of Protestant faith statements using the formula, "good works are ...
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What is the significance of the phrase "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi"?

The phrase is used during the ceremony of assigning a new pope, and can be interpreted in many ways. A translation would be: "So pass the worldly glories." How would you interpret its meaning, think ...
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Who coined the phrase "Bema Seat"?

I get that "Bema" is the Greek word translated "judgment seat" in the NT. But how did the term "Bema Seat" come to be used? It's a little redundant, like saying "PIN number", but catchy. I'd just like ...
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What is the earliest appearance of the expression "swallowed up in God"?

Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley and other Great Awakening writers often use the expression "swallowed up in God". It also appears in the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux. Does it have a scriptural or ...
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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,...
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What is the biblical basis for the phrase "God wants the best for us"?

"God wants the best for us" is a common phrase by Christians, but I struggle to identify with it. From the scriptures, I learned that what God gives us is good enough. I don't think it needs to be the ...
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Was "peace be with you" a common greeting in the Early Church?

In the Old and the New Testament "peace be with you" was a common greeting among Jesus Christ and the prophets (Genesis 43:23, Judges 19:20, Luke 24:36, John 20:19) but was "peace be ...
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Origin of the adage, ‘He went to be with the LORD.’?

This is a popular saying in Christian circles at funerals or when a person has recently died. Is there a biblical basis for this phrase?
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What is an overview of beliefs on "Jesus is the Word (Logos) of God"?

Recently, I've been racked at the possible ways this belief might be construed when someone says it. I suspect that the primary Biblical basis for it is John 1, but as we know, there can be many ...
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What's the source of "I can only give what I have"?

Right now, I'm reading When Heaven Invades Earth by Bill Johnson. I just came across this sentence: "If I am filled with anxiety in any given situation, it becomes hard for me to release peace--...
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What is the origin of "Jesus H Christ"? [closed]

I have always wondered how this meme started.
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