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The "AD/BC" way of counting dates that you want dates to 525 AD by Dionysius Exiguus. Prior to that, people kept time in "regnal" time, meaning that they would count the Xth year of the reign of Y. Since the Old Testament was pretty much complete by 400BC (nearly a milennia earlier) and the New Testament by 95 AD, it would be every bit as odd to see an "AD/...


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What is the significance of the awkward spacing (on the right below) when songs are printed in the bible? First, to state the obvious: the translators have determined that this represents poetry. Within the domain of poetry, the "awkward spacing" you ask about has a technical name: stichometric division. Unfortunately, neither what constitutes poetry nor ...


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Countries which ban the possession of the bible include: Saudi Arabia At present, the Bible has been banned in Saudi Arabia. In a number of countries, bible translation, distribution, sale or promotion is prohibited or made difficult, and the Bible may be considered extremist materials. Historically, some countries banned the Bible in certain languages ...


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The Catholic Church does indeed believe that if the sinner fulfills certain conditions, any sin can indeed be forgiven. Paragraph 982 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive. "There is no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for forgiveness, provided ...


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First of all, these two translations are extremely different. Here's Genesis 1:1 in The Street Bible: First off, nothing. No light, no time, no substance, no matter. Second off, God starts it all off and WHAP! Stuff everywhere! And in the KJV: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. There's obviously a significant difference between ...


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The original manuscripts are not believed to be in existence any more, and most manuscripts we do have aren't easily accessible. But some important ones can be viewed online: Aleppo Codex Codex Sinaiticus Codex Vaticanus Because there are so many manuscripts, most scholars rely on critical texts: the editors of these texts choose which variations they ...


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The main difference between the New World Translation (NWT) and other Bibles is that the NWT has attempted to eliminate almost all references to the divinity of Jesus in the New Testament. Another obvious difference is the introduction of the name ‘Jehovah’ into the New Testament. This is also an attempt to deny that Jesus is God. The King James Version ...


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The ancient Hebrew people simply numbered the days of the week except for Saturday which was known as the Sabbath. In Hebrew, the days of the week are simply numbered, except for the 7th, which is the Sabbath (Shabbat, שַׁבָּת‎‎ ). - The Days of the Week As for the Greco-Roman tradition: Between the 1st and 3rd centuries the Roman Empire gradually ...


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But there are dates in the Bible, and as all dates, they are relative to something. In this case, relative to the reign of a king: Nehemia 2:1 1 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king [...] Jeremiah 1:2 2 To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the ...


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Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) listed the books that he considers to be the Word of God ("divinely inspired Biblical canon," in the words of the question) in three places: Arcana Coelestia ("Secrets of Heaven") #10325, The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine #266, and The White Horse #16. Here is the listing from Arcana Coelestia #10325: The books of ...


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The answer to this question depends somewhat on the definition of "quoted," but we can draw some high-level conclusions. BlueLetterBible.org provides a list of New Testament citations and allusions to the Old Testament, and an examination of that dataset reveals the following: Book Direct/indirect citations Total citations & allusions ...


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Most of the books of the Bible were written by different people. An estimated 40 authors wrote the 70 or so books that various Christians accept as "the Bible". Most of these authors wrote independently from each other; if they were contemporaries, they typically did not confer with each other. If they were separated by time, the latter typically did not ...


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Yes she (Catholic Church) does. I've copied the pertinent parts from the previous poster's quotes to show this. 82 As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, "does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and ...


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Yes. While Jesus did tell his followers to focus on the Jews and not the Gentiles during his lifetime, after the Resurrection that changed, quite explicitly: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. --Mark 16:15 Matthew records a slightly different version of this commission: Go ye therefore, and ...


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It is impossible to prove a negative, but I believe that there are not any active groups that self identify as "Christian" and use the Jefferson Bible, as it is called. The reasons for this conclusion are based on the history of publication and the purpose of the work. History of publication Jefferson apparently did not want to publish his work. In fact, ...


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Before selecting a translation of the Bible for reading or study, it is helpful to understand the goals of the various translations available and how they relate to what you're trying to accomplish by reading the Bible. The way this is commonly categorized is "word for word" translations vs. "thought for thought" translations. Word for word translations ...


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The word Dragon occurs 13 times in the Bible but only in the highly symbolic book of Revelation. From the Ancient Greek drakôn (δράκων), meaning "giant serpent", depicting a terrifying monster, a serpentlike devourer. This is an appropriate portrayal of Satan due to him using a snake to deceive Eve in the Garden of Eden. In European tradition the dragon is ...


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It's pretty simple. The Book of Mormon translation follows in the KJV tradition, which in turn follows in the Jewish tradition. (1) Out of reverence, Jews never pronounced יהוה when reading scripture. The original pronunciation of this name has possibly been lost, as the Jews, in reading, never mentioned it but substituted one of the other names of God, ...


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Without much detail, here is an overview of how different Christians view the Bible. These are major categories, and there is going to be some grey area between all of them. The Bible is inerrant on all matters it addresses, and should be taken to speak the literal truth unless the Bible itself says otherwise. Also called Biblical Literalism. Adherents to ...


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The original Hebrew manuscripts have line breaks only to fit lines on the page, and they have no punctuation. The formatting of Psalms and other songs in the Bible is added by the translators and editors. They add formatting based on the meter of the Hebrew poetry in the Psalms and songs. Because most Bibles are printed in two-column format, there's not ...


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There are five places in the Bible where Jesus gives what is known as the Great Commission: to go and preach to everybody in the world. Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel ...


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In the prefaces of many Bible translations, there are notes that describe the origin of these headers: As an aid to the reader, sectional headings have been inserted. They are not to be regarded as part of the biblical text and are not intended for oral reading. It is the committee’s hope that these headings may prove more helpful to the reader than the ...


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All languages change over time, all aspects of it are subject to change from basic orthography to fundamental meanings of words. It is highly unlikely that even you are actually using the KJV as published in 1611. Given the spelling and choice of words used in your question, you don't speak King James era English, you speak something quite a bit more modern....


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This article lists six countries where owning a bible is 'dangerous' : Six Countries . . . The six countries listed are North Korea, Somalia, Maldives, Morocco, Libya and Uzbekistan. Of the list - North Korea, Libya and Uzbekistan are the most intolerant. China is, in fact, 'imprisoning' people for their religious, or cultural, beliefs as reported by ...


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The answer to your question is really quite simple. God said that what He created was very good indeed (or really good, or better than good) prior to the fall of man and woman. With the fall of our first parents, both they and the world they inhabited were spoiled permanently. Paul wrote that ". . . the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly,...


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I believe you are referring to Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (KJV)


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One argument of the Christian presuppositional apologists is that only the Bible is self-authenticating. Other sacred texts, like the Quran, are not. Consider the way Ten Bruggencate's tract on Islam addresses the issue. To Muslims who claim that they could not be wrong, he presents "contradictions in [their] source of knowledge"; that is, he claims that ...


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There are many reasons, but here are two: Most Christians don't speak English. This is obvious, but there are millions of Christians around the world who can't understand even basic English. Asking them to use the King James Version is folly, which is why there are Bible translations in every major language and why Bible translators work tirelessly to ...


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The Old Testament and the New Testament are different sections of the library. To think of this division as "insert a title page" is too far off the mark. Imagine, if you will, a library of 66 books, written over the course of 1500 years, by 40 different men (possibly one woman). As each of these works was created, it doesn't make sense to ask "When did ...


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