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Where did the formula, "Good works are the fruits of faith," originate?

Clement of Rome, Clement of Alexandria, and Didymus the Blind said things that could be mistaken for the formula, but don't fit all the criteria. The first one to use it unmistakably is Origen, in ...
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What is the historical origin of the "Last Supper" expression?

Doing a quick search of Patrology, I found the expression ultimam coenam in St Augustine of Hippo's tractatus 109 on Jn 17:20: Dominus Iesus iam sua propinquante passione, cum orasset pro ...
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When is the phrase "Word of God" first used to refer to the Scriptures?

An interesting question. There are just a very few occasions when the Greek word rhema is used to refer to 'God's words', John 8:47, and 'the good word of God', Hebrews 6:5. But there are multiple ...
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When is the phrase "Word of God" first used to refer to the Scriptures?

And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient. - Exodus 24:7 Although not explicitly stated as ...
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Origin of the adage, ‘He went to be with the LORD.’?

The Biblical basis for using the expression “to be with the Lord” comes from the Apostle Paul who had this to say about his desire to be united with the Lord after death: Therefore we are always ...
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What is the significance of the phrase "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi"?

I've also answered the cross-posted version of this question on the Latin Language Stack Exchange. One common attribution for this phrase is Thomas à Kempis's Imitation of Christ (~1420), which reads: ...
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Is there a trend toward not capitalizing the word "Bible"?

Yes, there is a trend towards not capitalizing the words 'Bible' and 'Koran'. There is an extremely simple reason for this - bad grammar. Both Bible and Koran (or Quran) are proper names, since they ...
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Who first came up with the phrase "an over-realized eschatology" and in what context?

The term appears to me to be original to William Lane in his 1965 discussion of the beliefs of the Corinthians to whom Paul wrote (Lane, William L. "I Tim. IV. 1–3. An Early Instance of Over-Realized ...
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What is the historical origin of the "Last Supper" expression?

"Last supper" does refer to Christ's last supper where John and Luke call the same Passover event a supper (John 13:2, Luke 22:20). "Last supper" appears c420 CE with Augustine of Hippo in Tractates ...
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Was "peace be with you" a common greeting in the Early Church?

The salutation "peace be with you" is very old indeed. It was commonly used by the Jews of Jesus' time and place with the Hebrew phrase "shalom" or "shalom aleichem" ...
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Is there a trend toward not capitalizing the word "Bible"?

Permit me to first focus on the example you give in a comment you left: Taken from an email update from a business, Gouletpens.com, with whom I do business: "What is your favorite part of helping ...
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Who coined the phrase "Bema Seat"?

Bimah or bema is not only a word in the Greek language. This is a phrase that was likely borrowed from Hebrew. בּימה Bema is a platform in Hebrew and is where the Word of G-d, the Torah, is read ...
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What is the earliest appearance of the expression "swallowed up in God"?

I believe you are looking for 2 Corinthians 5:4 "mortality might be swallowed up of life.", as further elaborated and interpreted by Irenaeus of Lyons, who said For this corruptible must put on ...
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When is the phrase "Word of God" first used to refer to the Scriptures?

OP: I am asking specifically about the origin of using the phrase "word of God" to refer to the Bible. The first reference to "word of the LORD" is here. After these things the ...
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Where did the formula, "Good works are the fruits of faith," originate?

OP: Where in Christian history did the saying, "Good works are the fruits of faith," originate? While not specifically using that phrase, the concept that good fruit comes from Godly faith ...
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