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According to those holding that Lazarus was literally raised from the dead, why did Matthew, Mark, and Luke not mention it?

Commentators give a number of explanations for the silence of the Synoptists on the raising of Lazarus: To protect Lazarus from persecution Differing source material Distinct criteria for what to ...
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What is the purpose of Genesis 1-9 according to non-YEC Trinitarians?

When you say that Someone made the claim that God's revelation is progressive, I’m assuming that you are referring to our conversation. Allow me to offer some thoughts on your statement of: That may ...
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Does Jeremiah 8:8 imply that the scriptures were corrupted?

You are starting from three incorrect postulates: Scribes are just copyists, not interpreters of the law. The doctrine of preservation of scripture is the same as inerrancy. Variants have semantic ...
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Why did the mid-early church consider the Gospel of Matthew to be reliable?

Below is my answer to the original question: "What are the arguments for Matthew's canonicity that don't appeal to Matthean authorship or the authority of the church?" I have leaving it as ...
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What evidence does the LDS Church offer regarding claims of degradation of Biblical texts?

As noted in the OP, this is a very extensive subject. I'll offer a very high-level overview of key points, and then drill down specifically on one example. Scriptural teachings The most well-known ...
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What is the purpose of Genesis 1-9 according to non-YEC Trinitarians?

tl/dr: The purpose of Genesis 1-9 is quite clear: to teach us where we came from, why our world is a mess, and why we need a savior. If you missed that part I suggest you go back and read it again :) ...
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Why do Young-Earth Creationists make such a big deal about the YEC view

What I'm looking for is an answer as to why the "Creation Science Evangelists" ... are willing to go around preaching something that gets them laughed at...Why is it so important to them? Is there a ...
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Does Jeremiah 8:8 imply that the scriptures were corrupted?

If you read the whole chapter you'll see that this verse talks about teachers of the law spreading false interpretations of it. It is not about alterations of the OT scriptures themselves.
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How come Good and Evil fruit brought from same tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden?

Thanks for asking. There are some important principles here. First it is important to understand that in Matthew 7 Jesus is not talking about trees. He is using trees as a metaphor for people. To try ...
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What is the purpose of Genesis 1-9 according to non-YEC Trinitarians?

Well I got a few different answers to your general question. I will note that your assumption about history is right. I myself am an old Earth Creationist and read a wonderful article from a Old ...
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What is the purpose of Genesis 1-9 according to non-YEC Trinitarians?

why include elements that are factually wrong but appear to make no difference I wanted to provide a less controversial example of when Jesus does exactly this. Matthew 13:31-32, NIV translation: He ...
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How many New Testament Manuscripts do we have from the period between the first century and the fourth century?

How many early New Testament manuscripts do we have? You ask about the first four centuries, until about 400 AD. I am inclined to initially answer through 300 AD, because I believe that period is ...
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Besides Satan, was Jesus alone in the desert?

It's not written in any of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) that Jesus was alone. Someone in a comment below prior to this edit referenced a hymn called "Jesus walked this lonesome valley" ...
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According to those holding that Lazarus was literally raised from the dead, why did Matthew, Mark, and Luke not mention it?

I believe it is simply because when Matthew, Mark and Luke wrote their respective Gospels, Lazarus was still a living testimony to Christ having raised him to life. They had no need to mention the ...
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Why did God allow for the original Bible to be lost to history? And how to reconcile that with Matthew 24:35

"the modern Bibles are bounded (sic) to have contradictions because of copyist errors and translation errors." The premise of the question is insubstantial. I am assuming the question ...
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Does Jeremiah 8:8 imply that the scriptures were corrupted?

It is ironic that your question would make a statement concerning the legitimacy of the Word of God when Jeremiah asked the same question to God’s people. In context, this verse is revealing how they ...
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How is the historical accuracy of the Bible defended?

For those who have grown up in the church or around the Bible for many years, giving a defense of the origins and reliability of the Bible is something they have not really looked into. As you know, ...
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Why do Young-Earth Creationists make such a big deal about the YEC view

Here is a quote from "Did Death of Any Kind Exist Before the Fall?" (https://answersingenesis.org/death-before-sin/did-death-of-any-kind-exist-before-the-fall/) The consequences of these ideas are ...
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Why did the mid-early church consider the Gospel of Matthew to be reliable?

First, it is important to realize that ancient writers almost never quoted anything in the way we do today. The normal way to "quote" was via allusion - the reader was expected to recognize ...
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How is the George Lamsa translation of the Bible (from Aramaic) viewed by Evangelical scholars?

The Bible scholars involved in the translating of the English Standard Version say this: Acts 20:28 (ESV): “to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” Refers to the blood ...
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What are the most challenging objections to the divine inspiration of the Bible?

"What are the most challenging objections . . . ? " After over half a century of reading and studying and meditating on the holy scriptures (Genesis to Revelation, 66 books, TR/KJV/YLT/EGNT)...
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What evidence does the LDS Church offer regarding claims of degradation of Biblical texts?

The Latter Day Saints Article of Faith No. 1:8 states that, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” ...
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How can the gospels use omniscient narration?

The "omniscient narrator" style is not unique to the Gospels/Acts; it is abundant in ancient Roman, Greek, and Jewish writing (e.g. Tacitus, Dio Cassius, Thucydides, Josephus, all over the ...
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Atheist Arguments

Atheists and sceptics have plenty arguments against the existence of Jesus, the divinity of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus and even arguments that the early Christians were not persecuted. There ...
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How do Bible scholars view the accuracy and reliability of the Aleppo Codex?

The Aleppo Codex is a bound manuscript of the Hebrew Bible, written by scribes called Masoretes in Tiberias, Israel, around 930 C.E. They surfaced in Aleppo, Syria, sometime in the second half of the ...
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Why did God allow for the original Bible to be lost to history? And how to reconcile that with Matthew 24:35

It is unarguable that no autographs of either the Hebrew, or the Greek scriptures have been discovered. Those, however, contain only written words, but this question invokes Matthew 24:35, which ...
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What is the purpose of Genesis 1-9 according to non-YEC Trinitarians?

Let's start by jumping ahead to the New Testament. In Galatians 4:22-24, Paul writes (NIV): 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 23 ...
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What is the purpose of Genesis 1-9 according to non-YEC Trinitarians?

Let me give another answer which doesn't directly address the "What does it mean?" question does answer the related "Why would God write a metaphorical creation story?" The reason ...
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Were New Testament writers infallible when they wrote Scripture?

Inspired, Inerrant, Infallible Let's be careful about the usual meaning of those 3 technical terms as they are generally used in Christianity, with different shades of meaning according to the ...
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