He most likely was crucified naked - this is consistent with the biblical narrative of the guards casting lots for his garment and with standard historical practice.
In the paintings, the artists wanted to preserve some of the dignity and not turn the Lord's body into something that puerile youngsters might be titilated by. It is a condescension to the ...
Most scholars dismiss this is as fiction. Indeed the Catholic Encyclopedia brings up multiple variations on the story, each of which can be easily debunked.
Perhaps the most damning proof that this is a legend would stem from the fact that nobody - including enemies at the time - ever made such accusations. From Wikipedia:
It is also notable that ...
The "double" cross is known as a Patriarchal cross and is well described in the Wikipedia article. There's no point in reproducing more than a sample here:
The Patriarchal cross is a variant of the Christian cross, the religious symbol of Christianity. Similar to the familiar Latin cross, the Patriarchal cross possesses a smaller crossbar placed ...
There is definitely precedent:
As Christians, we should be following the example set by Christ, who gave thanks before feeding the multitudes in Matthew 14:19-21 and Matthew 15:34-36. He also did so in Luke 24:30.
King James Version (KJV)
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took
the five loaves, and ...
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Both men and women traditionally had their hair cut or removed in specific ways when they entered a monastery or convent. These haircuts symbolized religious devotion, group identity, and humility as well as the renunciation of worldly things and personal vanity. The practice may relate to ancient rites in which people in various ...
This is part two of a two part answer. See my previous post for general arguments.
External - On Matthew Papias writes, "Matthew collected the oracles in the Hebrew language, and each interpreted them as best he could.". This is probably the most debated phrase in all of the patristic writings - the words translated as &...
Less than 1011. More than 7.
Adam only had one wife (Eve), which is an argument based strictly on a lack of evidence
That Eve's normal gestational period was 9 months and had twins no more than average (1 in 86).
That Eve lived approximately the same amount of time as Adam (again an argument from lack of evidence),
then we can say:
According to Emmanouela Grypeou and Helen Spurling (The Book of Genesis in Late Antiquity, Brill 2013, p71ff), the earliest Christian reference to this idea is Origen (c. 184-253), who traces it to Jewish tradition:
Concerning the place of the skull, it came to me that Hebrews hand down [the tradition that] the body of Adam has been buried there; in order ...
This is part one of a two part post
The assertion in a comment on the question that no scholar "believes that the books were authored by the names on the books" is just plain false. The only way one can even come close to this conclusion is by dismissing all scholarship from conservatives out of hand as "not objective", a severe version ...
In essence you are asking an epistemological question: How can one side "know" that it is correct in a theological debate? The question could just as well apply to any Christian body, let alone the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Within the eastern Church exists a notion called prelest. It is a Russian word that basically means "deception", but it is a kind of ...
Before the Gospel is read, a Catholic makes signs of the cross, with the thumb, on his or her
which represents that the Catholic must
understand the Gospel,
proclaim it, and
"take it to heart," i.e., put it into practice, with charity.
Dom Prosper Guéranger's Explanation of the Prayers and Ceremonies of the Holy Mass (...
Yes she (Catholic Church) does. I've copied the pertinent parts from the previous poster's quotes to show this.
82 As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, "does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and ...
In support of the idea that it did not rain is the very next verse:
But a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the
No further mention is made of rain until the Flood account. Anything beyond this is conjecture on our part.
The first recorded instance of the tradition comes from Hegesippus, a second century Christian writer. Unfortunately, his works have been lost, except for a small portion of his writings quoted by later authors.
In his Church History (c. 325), Eusibius writes:
But Hegesippus, who lived immediately after the apostles, gives the most accurate account in the ...
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 the quality of Jesus' singing. No other commentaries I found talked about Jesus quality of singing either, nor made reference to any extrabiblical traditions.
She was probably between 13 and 14 years old according to the Catholic Encyclopedia in the section entitled "Mary's pregnancy becomes known to Joseph":
From the age at which Hebrew maidens became marriageable, it is possible that Mary gave birth to her Son when she was about thirteen or fourteen years of age. No historical document tells us how old she ...
This answer is based on the article Christians and the Roman Army AD173-337 by John Helgeland (Church History 43(2):149-163, 200; 1974). The start date of AD173 is the year when we have the first evidence (after the NT) of Christians in the military - in Legio XII Fulminata (the Lightning Legion) under Marcus Aurelius.
Prohibitions on members of the (Roman) ...
One of my churches used this passage when requesting all men remove their hats during times of prayer:
1 Cor. 11:4
Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered,
dishonoureth his head.
In certain cultures, it's possible that the hat is removed and head is bowed as a sign of respect and not necessarily from this verse.
Why do Catholics sign themselves three (3) times just before the Gospel is read?
To understand the significance of this tradition, let us take a look into its origins.
Concerning the making the sign of the cross at the proclamation of the Holy Gospel, after the deacon or priest says, “A reading from the Holy Gospel according to ….,” he and the faithful ...
Concerning the council of Elvira, which
was attended by nineteen bishops from all parts of the Peninsula
and could hardly be considered incumbent on the entirety of the Christendom in a place where
The Jews were so numerous and so powerful in Spain during the first centuries of the Christian era that they ...
As far as we can tell, Christian twice-weekly fasting was based on Jewish twice-weekly fasting. Given the later tension between Jews and Christians, this makes an early adoption date likely.
Further evidence comes from the Didache (dating probably to the first century):
Your fasts should not be with the hypocrites, for they fast on Mondays and Thursdays. ...
Ok, I did some searching, and there seems to be some tradition that alleges Adam and Eve and 33 sons and 23 daughters.
This is actually mentioned in one of the answers to a question on this site regarding how the world got populated. The answer references this page.
Another page suggests that it is a footnote in the works of Josephus, whom I like to ...
Well, the word "manna" itself means "What is it?" so I'm not sure you're going to find a perfectly satisfactory answer to your question. :-)
In addition, it was created supernaturally by God, and He didn't share the recipe. :-)
Since it was a single miracle, and not something that people still eat today, no one really knows personally what it tastes like. ...
Contrary to what you say about missals, the rubrics in my missal (The CTS New Daily Missal) say that before the reading of the gospel, "He [the deacon/priest] makes the Sign of the Cross on the book and, together with the people, on his forehead, lips, and breast." (emphasis added)
Grace before meals is a Jewish tradition that was in some respects followed by Jesus and also Paul, but is not technically 'commanded' in a legal sense from scripture.
As far as the overall origin of 'grace before meals' I would say it was established in all the ancient sacrifices which included eating portions of the sacrifice. Very early under the ...
Stephen was stoned by the Sanhedrin and Paul (then named Saul) was present. The full story is told from Acts 6:8 to 7:60 but the relevant verses are:
They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin.
(6:15 also shows they were in the Sanhedrin.)
And Paul's presence is shown in 7:58b:
Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at ...
Catholicism doesn't currently set a specific age at which First Communion is taken. The New Advent article on Communion of Children says this (Emphasis mine):
The existing legislation with regard to the Communion of children has
been definitely settled by the Fourth Lateran Council, which was
afterwards confirmed by the authority of the Council of ...
Pope Pius XII's 1 Nov. 1950 Apostolic Constitution defining the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mother, Munificentissimus Deus, says "that, since ancient times, there have been both in the East and in the West solemn liturgical offices commemorating this privilege." He then mentions the Roman liturgy, Gallican sacramentary, and the Byzantine ...
It seems that the Catholic tradition of eating lamb at Easter was first documented in the 7th century:
“The oldest prayer for the blessing of lambs can be found in the seventh-century sacramentary (ritual book) of the Benedictine monastery, Bobbio in Italy. Two hundred years later Rome had adopted it, and thereafter the main feature of the Pope's Easter ...