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How is offering X Hail Marys not considered vain repetition?

According to this answer to a question I asked on the Biblical Hermeneutics SE, the original New Testament Greek does not have a phrase like "vain repetition"; instead, the word used, βαττολογησητε ("...
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Biblical significance of the gifts given to Jesus

Biblical References to Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh: Gold is a highly valued commodity – not just for its beauty and use in jewellery and decorations, but also for its status. The Bible describes the ...
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What made Jesus question at Mt 21:25 a good example for Christians or was it a bad question because the Jews could not answer?

The question was effective, because it highlighted the hypocrisy of the religious Jews in question. According to the Bible, John was sent from God, and they knew it. Their concern was how answering ...
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How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9, which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct?

Good question! In the New American Bible (Revised Edition), which is the translation authorized by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops for use in the United States, Matt. 19:9 reads: I say to you, ...
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On the topic of marriage in heaven, how does the LDS church reconcile Matthew 22:23-33?

It's important to understand who 'they' refer to. From verse 23 we know the Lord is talking directly to the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection. They were asking a question to bait/trap ...
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Why didn't the Jews understand "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani"?

There are two basic theories here. The first is that the crowd misheard Jesus. The second is that they purposefully twisted his words to mock him. Commentators are fairly evenly split on which ...
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Why doesn't 1 Timothy 5:21 indicate that angels are part of the Godhead?

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19, NIV) I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus ...
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If every stone of the temple was thrown down how is the Wailing Wall still standing?

The Wailing Wall was not part of the Temple - it was part of the Temple Mount - and a giant retaining wall for the courtyard on which the Temple sat. Here is a model of what we think it would have all ...
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According to adherents of 'soul sleep', how did Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus, Peter, James, and John?

Let the Bible interpret itself. A few verses later: And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. —...
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If God doesn't tempt us, why does the Lord's Prayer petition Him to "lead us not into temptation"?

The phrase is part of a couplet, so it needs to be read in that context. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. The phrase does not assume that God might lead us into temptation. ...
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Can someone explain the argument that Jesus believed in Adam and Eve?

In order to interpret what Jesus is saying in Matthew 19:4, you must first understand the reference he is making. From Matthew 19:4: 4 He answered, "Have you not read that he who created them from ...
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Was Jesus good at singing?

There is no information on the quality of Jesus' singing The Catena Aurea includes commentaries on this verse from Origen, Bede, Rabanus, Chrysostom, Hilary, and Jerome and not one of them talk about ...
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Is anyone with accumulated wealth saved?

To answer the OP, yes. Keep reading! In the next paragraph Jesus explains. The point of the parable is to show it is impossible for people to be right with God, regardless of their status, wealth, ...
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How is the amazement of the Jews explained by those who believe that "Render Unto Caesar" affirmed the paying of taxes?

What lies below is certainly not the only way to interpret this scripture, but it is one way I find extremely compelling, and to my knowledge, provides a reasonable historical understanding. This ...
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How do Protestants interpret "Give us this day our daily bread"?

The Lord's Prayer is taught in the Protestant catechisms, e.g.: Luther's Small Catechism Give us this day our daily bread. What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our ...
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Why Does Matthew not give Jesus Christ's genealogy from Adam?

This question spawns from a misunderstanding of why the genealogy is there in the first place. The genealogy is not a benign collection of facts, much like our own western approach to the topic would ...
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Were the 12 apostles all Jewish?

The original 12 apostles/disciples of Jesus were all Jewish. By Jewish I understand you to mean "of the twelve tribes of Israel"/ Israelites. Since one can interpret Jewish to be the ...
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Malachi 4:6 vs Matthew 10:35: did Jesus come to reconcile parents and children or the reverse?

This scripture in Malachi 4:5-6 refers to John the Baptist, not Jesus. Luke 1:17 "And he [John the Baptist] will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the ...
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How does the Catholic church explain Matthew 19:9, which seems to allow divorce in case of sexual misconduct?

A catholic within the parameters set by the Magestarium can interpret this verse in the following ways: Sexual immorality can be a valid reason for civil divorce. But such divorced couples cannot ...
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Do any denominations take "turn the other cheek" as a literal command to be followed?

No denomination simply ignores this verse. No major Christian teachers say to ignore Jesus' teachings. But given the different hermeneutical approaches of different people, there will be different ...
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Where did the disciples meet Jesus after the resurrection?

Christians who believe in the inerrancy or infallibility of the Bible argue that these two accounts are not contradictory: that Jesus met his followers in both Jerusalem and Galilee after his ...
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Why do Mormons believe that Joseph Smith is necessary to teach us?

Mormons believe Joseph Smith to be a prophet in the sense that Abraham, Moses, Noah, and others all were. Jesus Himself appointed teachers He called apostles like Peter, James, and John. Joseph Smith ...
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If Jesus' ministry was to the Jews, why did He go to Syria?

By "Syria" in this passage, the evangelist did not intend specifically the area now taken up into the Arab Republic of Syria (which was not a country until after the First World War). Rather, what was ...
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What does it mean to be "poor in spirit"?

The Old Testament and Hebrew linguistic background of this passage should be kept in mind. Recall: Matthew (or his source) was likely translating words that were spoken in Hebrew or Aramaic. ...
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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 did Christ mean in Matthew 10:34?

The sword is an important symbol in Christian imagery, and does not always symbolize war and violence. In fact, the sword is a definitive symbol of the word of God. In the context of the passage you ...
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Is anyone with accumulated wealth saved?

"The young man proves unable to do so." skips over an important detail. His personal sticking point was Jesus's suggestion to "go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor". ...
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When Jesus gave Peter his name (rock) what is the significance that he then said upon a ‘different’ kind of rock he would build his church?

As another answer alluded to, Jesus almost certainly was speaking Aramaic, not Greek when he spoke these words. As such, it is probably a mistake to automatically assume that Jesus was making a ...
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