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Did only bishops preach in the early Church?

Bishops were not the only ones who preached in the early church. As an example take the longer section of scripture stretching from Acts 6-7. In those words the context is clear: The ministry of the ...
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Is there any biblical or historical evidence that Jesus was a Jew?

As depperm indicated in a comment, the answers to Did Jesus himself assert the fact that he belonged to some religion like Judaism?, show that Jesus definitely grew up practicing the religion of ...
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What is the biblical and early church basis against religious tolerance?

The arguments in favor of church intolerance needs to be analyzed in relationship to the early church's appearance of being tolerant towards other religious viewpoints. These arguments run as follows. ...
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Did the early church believe that Jesus was celibate?

Yes, at least two of the Church Fathers refer to Jesus as being not only celibate but a lifelong virgin. Tertullian c 200, On Monogamy 3 - the Lord Himself opens the kingdoms of the heavens to ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians deal with the fact that the early church accepted the divinity of Christ?

The simple answer to the OP's main question is that Biblical Unitarians make a distinction between what the Bible teaches and what the Church Fathers taught. Moreover they would probably disagree with ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians deal with the fact that the early church accepted the divinity of Christ?

There are a couple major issues here. 1. How ought we to understand the use of terms like 'theos' in early texts such as St. Ignatius of Antioch's? 2. What were the beliefs of the early church, and ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians deal with the fact that the early church accepted the divinity of Christ?

the fact that the early church (EC) accepted the divinity of Christ? This is only a credible premise if one regards the 'early church' as the one which offers and demands such a 'fact' to be valid. ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians deal with the fact that the early church accepted the divinity of Christ?

Following the Bible Whenever truths of great importance are involved, there is sure to be some source of confusion as the Enemy of all mankind seeks to keep us from understanding that truth. If even ...
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History of the formation of the Biblical canon. Searching for accessible bibliographical references

A few books to consider: The Canon of Scripture BY: F.F. BRUCE The Making of the New Testament: Origin, Collection, Text & Canon BY: ARTHUR G. PATZIA The Origin of the Bible, Updated Edition BY: F....
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History of the formation of the Biblical canon. Searching for accessible bibliographical references

The standard starting place for canonical studies in the NT is Metzger: The Canon of the New Testament In my own journey, the next place I stopped was Michael J. Kruger: The Question of Canon Canon ...
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Did the 1st Century Church Accept the Deuterocanonical books?

I'm curious if any citations exist that suggest the 1st Century Church (or 2nd) supported the Deuterocanon. Jesus and the NT Authors never explicitly quote from the Deuterocanonical books... nor do ...
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What, if anything, is known about the practice of baptism for the dead in the early church?

The other answers dig into the nature of this practice among heretical sects and such. I felt it was worthwhile to add this historical commentary on the verse, which lets you hear from the early ...
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History of the formation of the Biblical canon. Searching for accessible bibliographical references

The Old Testament Canon of the New Testament Church, by Protestant scholar Roger Beckwith [2008]. A fairly standard text that lays the groundwork from a Protestant perspective. Why Catholic Bibles Are ...
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Did the Early Church Fathers believe in praying for the dead?

Praying for the dead was common practice in the early church. The below are a collection of "takes" on praying for the dead throughout Christian history (taken from Historical Christian ...
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Did the early church condemn getting tattoos?

Did the Early Church condemn getting tattoos? Tattoos would at the very least be frowned upon. St. Basil the Great banned tattoos in his zone of influence and the Christian Emperor of both East and ...
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Did the Gnostics have apostolic succession?

The doctrine of Apostolic Succession developed specifically to combat the Gnostic proposition that the "truth which sets one free" is not the property of the Church and its bishops, but is ...
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Did the Gnostics have apostolic succession?

Wikipedia says: [apostolic succession] is understood as a sign and guarantee that the Church, both local and universal, is in diachronic continuity with the apostles; a necessary but insufficient ...
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Did the Early Church Fathers believe in praying for the dead?

Pohle, Eschatology or the Catholic Doctrine of the Last Things: A Dogmatic Treatise, pt. 1, ch. 5, §1 "The Existence of Purgatory", 2. Proof from Revelation, b), cites Tertullian (b. 160 A.D....
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Did early Christian converts follow Kosher?

Did early Christian converts follow Kosher? Possibly, but it may might be unprovable with historical sources. Certainly Jewish converts would have continued with their dietary requirements which would ...
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Did early Christian converts follow Kosher?

To the first question the answer is yes, some in the early Church followed a kosher diet. We know this from the Acts' report that there were Pharisees in the early Church who not only followed the ...
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Did any in the Early Church require a kosher diet?

OP: Did any in the Early Church require a kosher diet? Yes, the very early church after Christ's ascension went through three scriptural phases defined as Jerusalem, Judea, beyond, which would ...
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Did any in the Early Church require a kosher diet?

Did any in the early church require a kosher diet? Possibly and perhaps even probable, but I highly doubt that someone will be able to produce an actual source of information to confirm it. One of the ...
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Did any in the Early Church require a kosher diet?

At the beginning of the Church, reading from the New Testament Book of Acts and the rest of the books onwards, you will see that at first believers/Christians consisted of mostly Jews. Later we see ...
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Did any in the Early Church require a kosher diet?

As noted in the introduction to my answer to Why is there no archaeological evidence that Christians existed for 200 years after 70 AD? - Christianity Stack Exchange, the "early church" ...

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