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First of all I would suggest there is not an "eyewitness-like nature" of Acts and that perception arises more out of a wish that it be so. There are some parallels, but no more so than one would expect from a writer who had access to at least some of Paul's epistles and perhaps knowledge of what the Christian community of his time believed about Paul. The ...


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Actually, if only people would compare the Greek texts more closely, they'd realize it's not actually a reference to Quirinus at all. http://midseventiethweekrapture.blogspot.com/2014/11/cyrenius-does-not-mean-quirinius.html


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I do think that the theory that Elizabeth was 'hiding' to maintain the viability of the pregnancy is a good one and I would add that it fits in with the overall sanctification (separating unto God) of the child and future prophet John the Baptist. Maybe and even more importantly it fits in with the announcements of Gabriel to the father Zacharias; that the ...


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During an opportunity to dig at a site near Jerusalem we had a lecture in the evening describing archeological dig sites in Bethlehem suggesting it was a guest house where a large family would stay while visiting that area. Many of these buildings were found in Bethlehem. The layout of these buildings drawn by the archeologist for this lecture showed a ...


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The Jews today (some, actually) pray something along the lines of "Thank God I'm a Jew and not a Gentile. Thank you God, you've made me a man and not a woman/slave". Appearently this prayer links to the 3rd century BCE. It's not an uncommon prayer structure, and it's structure was criticized by the RaMBaM There were also internal, Jewish critics of ...


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The term "Son of God" simply means one who is a righteous person in terms of his character and faith in God. For example, Jesus, peace be upon him, himself said "blessed are the peacemakers, for they should be called Sons of God." To refer to all peacemakers as 'Sons of God' does not mean a literal son or a son meaning relation to the divine nature of our ...


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Rather than spend a month or two answering all of the questions laid out ἄνωθεν (wink), I'll add yet another perspective that neither authority nor time seem to be the dominant categories according to LSJ, but instead: spatial position (as when the "veil of the shrine was split from above unto below" in Mt 27:51), which may include heaven above earth, and ...


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The answer to this is in Mathew 3:15. The Jewish law allows a person to be a priest at the age of 30 and he should be washed in the water. Jesus was a King and High Priest and therefore the Word cannot be fulfilled when Jesus was only 12. If the argument is about his earthly father's business then he was not too young. But the context here is definitely ...


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Joseph died when Jesus was 14 years old. Joseph was a carpenter and his neighbhour was a mason and they together contracted to work at the palace of then King Herod Antipas at Sephoris which was only 3 miles North West of Nasareth. One day while he was working on a scaffolding he fell and died. Jesus being the oldest son in the family rushed to the scene ...


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Indisputable? I agree with Frank Luke's comment, further adding that using such a term does technically make the question unanswerable (because, as Frank noted, people dispute things that ought not be). Probable Testimony Circa 60-70 A.D. The earliest probable reference to Luke's gospel is by the apostle Paul himself in 1 Tim 5:18, circa mid 60's A.D. ...



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