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Why is there not a single date in the Bible?

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. ...
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Why are psalms in the bible printed with funny spacing?

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. ...
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What are some countries where you can be imprisoned for reading or owning a Bible?

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 ...
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Can any sin be forgiven? (According to the teaching of the Catholic Church)

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 ...
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Would reading "The Street Bible" help me understand the KJV Bible?

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 ...
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Where can I find scans of original Biblical manuscripts?

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 ...
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What are the differences between most Christian Bibles and Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible?

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 ...
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Why are days like "Sunday" or "Monday" not mentioned in the Bible?

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 ...
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Why is there not a single date in the Bible?

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 ...
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What writings are held as "biblical canon" by Swedenborgians?

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 ...
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In which one of the four Gospels is the Old Testament quoted the most?

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 ...
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Why do Christians have different books in their Bible?

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 ...
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Does the Catholic Church officially claim that the Bible is insufficient without tradition?

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 ...
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Did Jesus ever say in the Bible to preach Christianity or his message to the Non-Jews?

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 ...
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Are there any active Christian ministries that preach from the Jefferson Bible?

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 ...
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Would reading "The Street Bible" help me understand the KJV Bible?

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 ...
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Why is the word "dragon" in the Bible?

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 ...
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Why do people think they need anything other than the KJV Bible?

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 ...
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Why is the name Jehovah not used more in the Book of Mormon?

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. ...
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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the accuracy and truthfulness of the Bible?

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 ...
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Why are psalms in the bible printed with funny spacing?

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 ...
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Did Jesus ever say in the Bible to preach Christianity or his message to the Non-Jews?

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, ...
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Are subheaders of Bible chapters part of the original text?

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 ...
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Why do people think they need anything other than the KJV Bible?

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 ...
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What are some countries where you can be imprisoned for reading or owning a Bible?

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 - ...
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Can other "scripture" (such as the Quran) be used as ultimate authority in presuppositional apologetics?

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 ...
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Is the Book of Mormon considered to be another Gospel? (LDS perspective)

No, according to the subtitle to The Book of Mormon, it is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ", not another gospel. Quoting from the title page of The Book of Mormon (emphasis mine): Which is to ...
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What is the concept of kowtow in Christianity?

What is the concept of kowtow in Christianity? According to the Wikipedia article partially quoted below, the Chinese tradition of bowing low three to nine times before the tomb of their ancestors is ...
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The symbolic use of "horn"

This is an interesting topic; there has been quite a bit written about it. A Hebrew Lexicon is a good place to start and will give you a basic idea of the range of meanings.1 The term is קרן , qeren. ...
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