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Why don’t the apostles quote Jesus or reference any gospel events?

If there is a narrow view of what "the gospel" is, then that could explain the confusion in the question. There are four gospel accounts, written between the early 50s through till around 85....
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Why don’t the apostles quote Jesus or reference any gospel events?

Most churches, and most New Testament scholars, believe that the stories of the life of Jesus and his teachings were first passed down as oral traditions. The Gospel of the life and work of Jesus was ...
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Why don’t the apostles quote Jesus or reference any gospel events?

A simple answer is that the epistles are simply that: letters, originally written to specific churches to tackle specific problems. A lot of background understanding between the letter writer and the ...
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Is there any substantive difference between the verbal reference "second Corinthians" and "two Corinthians"?

There is absolutely no difference in meaning. But there are regional conventions. Donald Trump was mocked for saying "Two Corinthians", but in Australia that is not just acceptable, but probably ...
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Why are 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus referred to as the “Pastoral Epistles”?

All three of those letters are written by Paul to people who he mentored in the faith and are now leaders of churches (pastors) in their own right. They also deal largely with instructions and advice ...
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Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source?

Does Hebrews ever quote Jesus verbatim? Hebrews 10:1-9 (DRB) For the law having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things; by the selfsame sacrifices which they offer ...
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Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source?

Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source? The short answer is possibly. Since Paul was not a personal witness of Jesus' words, how could he quote him directly from his public ...
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Did Jesus descend into hell in his living body?

Did Jesus descend into hell in his living body? The short answer is no. Some Creeds say ”Christ descended to the dead” (Descensus Christi ad Inferos) without interpreting the words meaning. Christ, in ...
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Do all Christian sects believe that Paul's writings are words of God?

There is at least one group of Christian sects that does not believe that Paul's writings are the divinely inspired Word of God: the various "New Church" or "Swedenborgian" denominations that accept ...
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Which Christian traditions value the Gospels more than the Epistles?

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, there's a pretty clear statement that the Gospels hold the highest place. CCC 125 The Gospels are the heart of all the Scriptures "because they are ...
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Which Christian traditions value the Gospels more than the Epistles?

The various "New Church" denominations that follow the teachings and Bible interpretations written by Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) give much greater weight to the Gospels (and the book of Revelation)...
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Is a word [letter] and [scripture] in 2 Peter 3:16 the same meaning?

In English, the literal meaning of the noun "scripture" is "something written". When Peter uses the word in the passage you cite, he probably is using "Scripture" to refer to a specific set of ...
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Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source?

Paul is not "generally considered" to be the author of Hebrews. If there was a poll of Christians it is difficult to say how many would believe Paul wrote Hebrews, how many did not believe, and all ...
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Did Jesus descend into hell in his living body?

It is significant that Jesus referred to himself as "the Son of man" in the Jonah statement (Matthew 12:40). He was speaking of a matter to do with his humanity, whereas his activity after ...
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What is the evidence for the authenticity of St. Paul’s writings?

All of Paul's writings, save Titus & Philemon, are quoted within a generation of Paul's lifetime, by people who were in a position to know who wrote them. Many of Paul's letters are quoted by ...
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Why don’t the apostles quote Jesus or reference any gospel events?

St. Paul references what are arguably the most important Gospel events: Incarnation Born of a woman Presentation Born under the law Institution of the Eucharist This is my Body, this is my Blood ...
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What is the significance of the 5 "faithful sayings" of Paul?

If you take those five statements collectively, you get all the major features of the Gospel: Incarnation (1 Timothy 1:15) Death & Resurrection (2 Timothy 2:11-13) Baptism of the Holy Spirit (...
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What is the significance of the 5 "faithful sayings" of Paul?

Good question. If we compare and contrast these 5 passages in these 2 letters of Paul, we see that: Both Timothy and Titus were written to younger Church leaders dealing with false teaching There is ...
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What is the significance of the 5 "faithful sayings" of Paul?

The significance is stated in the last passage you reference, Titus 3:8. … and these things I want you to affirm constantly… Though Timothy was not written to Titus (obviously) it makes sense that ...
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Which Prison Epistles are considered to have been written from Rome?

Information taken from the New International Version Study Bible 2000 Edition Introductory Notes: Ephesians: Paul may have written it about the same time as Colossians, c. A.D. 60, while he was in ...
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