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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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According to those holding that Jesus was literally born of a virgin, why did Paul not mention it?

The target audience of the writers of the gospels was to people who did not know about or did not believe in Jesus as the Messiah and Risen Lord. They included the virgin birth story because it was an ...
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According to those holding that Jesus was literally born of a virgin, why did Paul not mention it?

Advocates for the virgin birth make the following arguments for why Paul didn't mention it: It wasn't controversial and therefore not worth mentioning It didn't need to be mentioned in order to ...
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According to those holding that Jesus was literally born of a virgin, why did Paul not mention it?

I much prefer Nathaniel's answer to mine (the accepted answer), as it is considerably more thorough and answers more questions. I still believe the Paul's mission to the gentiles is a piece of the ...
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What would inerrancy imply for Mormons?

As Daniel pointed out in a comment, the Book of Mormon speaks to this question on the first page: And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God,...
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Do a significant number of Biblical scholars presently support inerrancy?

Even a "nearly" comprehensive list of inerrantist scholars from the past 100–200 years would be virtually impossible to compile and maintain. However, the best list that I am aware of that ...
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Spectrum of Interpretation on Great Flood

There are 4 basic views regarding the interpretation of the great flood. Generally speaking, these connect to the interpretation of Genesis 1-3 as well. Global Flood The first camp is from those who ...
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What is the difference between "infallible" and "inerrant"?

Inerrancy: To say that the scriptures are "inerrant" literally means that they are "without error." That is, that there is not one single error in spelling, grammar, fact, etc. any where in all of ...
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How do Christians that do not believe in inerrancy interpret the Bible?

The doctrine of biblical inerrancy is very recent in Christian history First, let's put biblical inerrancy into perspective. Two centuries or so ago, and for all of Christian history before that, ...
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What are the main differences between the Catholic and Protestant definitions of Biblical inerrancy?

There is not any real difference between the Catholic teaching on inerrancy of Scripture and the generic "Protestant" view given in the answer above. The two definitive documents in recent ...
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Who first distinguished between the inerrancy of the Bible and the inerrancy of the original autographs?

In an essay titled "Inerrancy as Inheritance: Competing Genealogies of Biblical Authority," Published in a book titled Evangelicals and Scripture: Tradition, Authority and Hermeneutics, a collection ...
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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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Who first distinguished between the inerrancy of the Bible and the inerrancy of the original autographs?

I believe I have found an earlier instance. According to New Advent, Contra Faustum was written in about 400. The same source says Jerome's Letter 27 was written in 384: I am not, I repeat, so ...
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What are the main differences between the Catholic and Protestant definitions of Biblical inerrancy?

Having been a Protestant and now being a Catholic, it seems that it would be important to note that there is a prominent view among certain groups of Protestants that the Bible is meant to be taken as ...
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When was the Bible formally declared to be inerrant and/or infallible?

A biblical case for inerrancy can certainly be made on the basis of passages like 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 3:16, but these are limited in that they do not obviously refer to the entire Bible, both ...
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Are there sola scriptura inerrantists who reject sensus unum as a general hermeneutic?

I am answering the question : "Are there any reformed persons who argue for such a position" that is to say who "reject sensus unum and yet still affirm biblical inerrancy from a view of sensus ...
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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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What is the history of the doctrine of inerrancy?

The doctrine of inerrancy, a salient feature of Christian Fundamentalism, was "a creation not of the 16th century Reformation but of 19th century Princeton University theologians attempting to ...
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Why do Protestants accept the inerrancy of the canon, while rejecting other decisions of the Roman Church?

To answer your main question: The Council of Laodicea, being a regional council, would only have been binding on the Faithful living in the region (specifically, on areas that were represented by ...
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What is truly meant when it is said that Holy Scripture is 'inerrant' according to the Catholic Church?

According to the Catholic Catechism, we must acknowledge that the books of Scripture firmly, faithfully, and without error teach that truth which God, for the sake of our salvation, wished to see ...
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How are emendations to the Masoretic Text viewed within the doctrine of inerrancy?

Inerrantists do not view the Masoretic text as inerrant in itself, but they consider it highly reliable. John Wenham, in Christ and the Bible (170ff.), outlines a variety of evidence for its faithful ...
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According to biblical inerrantists, are the apostles' recorded speeches in the book of Acts inerrant?

One way to demonstrate that, according to inerrantists, the apostles' recorded speeches are not necessarily inerrant, would be to find a speech that inerrantist theologians admit contains an error. ...
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According to those holding that Jesus was literally born of a virgin, why did Paul not mention it?

The question comes down to whether Paul, Mark and John failed to mention the virgin birth because: They never heard of it or They did not think it was necessary to include in their writings. Each of ...
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How do people who deny Biblical inerrancy understand this argument on inspiration?

This is not a valid deductive argument. 4 does not follow from 1, 2, and 3. Even the proposed edit to 4 that removes the phrase "and are inerrant" would not make it valid. 4 does not follow ...
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According to evangelicals, does the use of historical criticism violate the doctrine of inerrancy?

The Wikipedia article you linked to explains that "historical" criticism involves several methodologies, including source, form, and redaction criticism, all of which are readily accepted ...
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Do a significant number of Biblical scholars presently support inerrancy?

The Evangelical Theological Society is a large academic society committed to inerrancy. Its members must affirm the inerrancy of the Bible, and it refers to the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy ...
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Why do Protestants accept the inerrancy of the canon, while rejecting other decisions of the Roman Church?

First, it should be noted that not all protestants do accept the inerrancy of the canon. In fact, biblical inerrancy has really only been a topic of discussion during the last two centuries. ...
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What is the history of the doctrine of inerrancy?

The belief that the scriptures are without error or fault in all its teaching can be traced to the early Christians, and further. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also thank God without ...
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Doctrine of biblical inerrancy and Pope Benedict XVI questioning the historicity of passage in the Gospel of Matthew?

Scripture is inerrant. Man is not. The Bible needs to be interpreted. Even a translation is an interpretation, because the translator needs to decide what a passage means in order to put it into ...
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Does the JEDP Theory propose that the Scriptures are not inerrant/inspired?

JEDP is scholarly theory on the history and development of the Scriptures. It focuses on the internal structure of the documents while keeping in mind the context of the writing. The analysis treats ...
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