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Which tribe did Paul belong to?

The term "Jew" is an Anglicization of "Judean" which comes from the Greek Ἰουδαῖος (Ioudaios). Technically, it can simply be a regional distinction, that is someone who is from Judea. But it can of ...
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How do Trinitarians explain that Jesus himself claims He is a man who has heard things from God at John 8:40?

It's a common misapprehension that Trinitarians do not believe the Jesus was a man. However they do believe that. The core of Trinitarian belief is that Jesus is both Man and God. Also God the Son ...
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Who first described Pentecost as a reversal of Babel?

Two fourth-century fathers clearly make this connection. First, Cyril of Jerusalem: The multitude of the hearers was confounded;—it was a second confusion, in the room of that first evil one at ...
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Which tribe did Paul belong to?

By the time of the New Testament "Jew" and "Israelite" had effectively become synonyms. This is because the large majority of people who returned from the Exile were from the former Kingdom of Judah. ...
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What are the arguments that Acts was written prior to 70 AD?

J. A. T. Robinson, in Redating the New Testament (1976), lays out a thorough case for a pre-70 date for the publication of Acts. His main points are also maintained by other conservative scholars, ...
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What is a Sabbath day's walk?

The exact value of a "Sabbath day's walk" is 2,000 cubits, which works out to about 5/8 of a mile, or one kilometer. Commentator Craig S. Keener explains the logic and biblical basis: The figures ...
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Were the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts written by the same person?

The fact that both Books were written by the same individual known as Luke is extracted from the first few verses of both Books. Luke 1:1 through4 KJV Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set ...
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How do those who hold Jesus = God in the Trinitarian sense account for Paul's reticence to state this clearly and consistently?

Paul clearly states the Deity of Christ and is not at all reticent to do so. 1. Romans 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ...
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Why did Paul Thank God he didn't baptize some individuals?

The First Epistle to the Corinthians opens with an expanded address (1 Corinthians 1:1-7), identifying its writer as the apostle Paul who, with Sosthenes, was writing to the church community in ...
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Why does St. Peter use the phraseology "killed by hanging on a tree" while referring to the crucifixion of Jesus?

The phrase "hanging him on a tree (wood)" (κρεμάμενος επί ξύλου, suspendentes in ligno) occurs in Acts 5:30 and 10:39 (cf. Galatians 3:13). Callan, O.P., Acts of the Apostles p. 41 says on ...
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Why were the apostles still going to the temple for prayer and rituals?

There are a few things to consider. First of all, the Jewish Ceremonial and Civil Laws have no bearing on US today. For example, i live in the U.S. and am a gentile christian. Therefore the laws of ...
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Was Barnabas' land ownership as a Levite against Mosaic Law?

I am not sure you are interpreting the law about Levites owning land correctly. Joshua 10 describes the division of the land between the tribes, but does not assign it to individuals. Verse 14 gives ...
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Were the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts written by the same person?

There are a few reasons why people argue both of those books are written by Luke. The Introductions Both the book of Luke and the book of Acts reference a reader named "Theophilus" in their opening ...
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Do Paul and the other Apostles command the keeping of Kosher diet in Acts 15:29?

The forbidding of blood comes from before the time of Moses : But flesh with the life thereof, the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. Genesis 9:4 - KJV After the Flood, in a new arrangement, flesh is ...
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Didn't Jesus return to Earth after the resurrection when he appeared to Paul?

I think you might be overthinking this. Going by NKJV, Acts 9:1-9, Christ did not necessarily "appear" physically. Verses 3-4 only indicate that Paul heard a voice and saw a light, and that light ...
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Do Cessationists believe that the Holy Spirit still speaks specific messages or instructions to Christians today?

This is from an article in Tabletalk magazine, which is produced by Ligonier Ministries. It is written by Robert Rothwell and supposses to be the voice of Reformed Christianity on the topic of ...
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According to biblical inerrantists, are the apostles' recorded speeches in the book of Acts inerrant?

One way to demonstrate that, according to inerrantists, the apostles' recorded speeches are not necessarily inerrant, would be to find a speech that inerrantist theologians admit contains an error. ...
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Why did Jesus use a Greek proverb when He spoke Aramaic to Saul in Acts 26:14?

That Saul had some familiarity with Greek literature is shown by a number of passages, for example: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For ...
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How have mainstream Christian denominations interpreted the Acts command to abstain from blood?

I only have information from Protestant groups that would include Baptists, Brethren, Church of Scotland, Church of England, and Reformed Presbyterian. Those comprise a broad range of mainstream ...
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How have mainstream Christian denominations interpreted the Acts command to abstain from blood?

It's necessary to consider the context in which the Council of Jerusalem made their declaration, as described in Acts 15. And to do that one has to go back to events that happened more than 2600 years ...
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Acts 17:30 What does "overlooked" mean?

When we put several passages together to get a fuller picture, we can see in what sense "overlook" is being used. Consider the following two verses, which are similar in scope (from the NET ...
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What are the arguments that Acts was written prior to 70 AD?

Acts has traditionally been attributed to Luke, a gentile companion of Paul of Tarsus. This same Luke is likewise believed to have written the third gospel in the NT canon, Luke. Whether these ...
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Did Moses Have A Speech Impediment?

Exodus 4:10 says that when God asked Moses to speak for him, Moses came up with the excuse that he was “slow of speech and tongue.” Some Bible commentators have suggested that Moses might have ...
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Acts 8:35-36 and Baptism being Part of the Gospel

There is nothing in Luke's account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch to suggest any 'urgency'. The very wording - "here is water, what doth hinder ?" - suggests practicality, not urgency. ...
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How do Calvinists interpret Acts 7:51 in light of the doctrine of 'irresistible grace?'

R. C. Sproul in his book What is Reformed Theology? says that most of the conventional labels in the TULIP rubric are poorly named, including "Irresistible Grace". He prefers the label The ...
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Is Unterbrink's theory that the Judas of Galilee in Acts 5 is Jesus tenable?

This theory is not at all plausible. Judas the Galilean is known to us from 2 sources: Luke (Acts 5:37) & Josephus (e.g. Antiquities 18.1). Both sources also make reference to Jesus and know Him ...
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What are the strongest alleged contradictions between Luke-Acts and the Pauline letters in John Bowden's, "The Historical Jesus"?

Theissen & Merz (via translation by Bowden) advance 3 arguments against the possibility that Luke-Acts was written by a traveling companion of Paul. I will quote their central contentions and ...
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Why would Sapphira have had a say in disposition of property?

The independent capabilities and trustworthiness and sheer domestic competence of women is borne out by the Hebrew scripture, as in Proverbs 31: 10-15 - Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price ...
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