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The timing/ordering of biblical events, which are not always described in sequence. What happened when?

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Why did Jesus begin his ministry at age 30?

Luke 3:23 (ESV) 23 Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, Why did Jesus begin his ministry when he was about 30 ...
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When shall we see "face to face"? 1 Corinthians 13:12

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 (ESV): 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in ...
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How could King Herod have killed John the baptist in Matthew 14?

According to Matthew's narrative King Herod is said to have died whilst Christ was still a child in Egypt with his parents.It is said King Herod had been succeeded by his son Archelaus when Joseph ...
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Why is there a difference of 100 (or 50) years in the age of the patriarchs at their first sons' dates of birth between the LXX, SP and MT?

The Septuagint (along with the Samaritan Pentateuch) and Flavius Josephus in his Jewish Antiquities allow for about 6 to 7 hundred more years from our days back to the Flood (which accordingly would ...
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Is there a chronology issue in the book of Judges?

Judges 20 26Then all the Israelites, the whole army, went up to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the Lord. They fasted that day until evening and presented burnt offerings and fellowship ...
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(John 1:39) Significance of "almost the tenth hour"

I'm trying to explore the symbolic uses of time in the Fourth Gospel. My question is: "What is the significance of 4pm (the tenth hour) to first century, and older, Jews? John 1:39 (KJV), He ...
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Did Paul expect "the perfect" to come during his and the Corinthians' lifetime?

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 (ESV): 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in ...
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How did Elijah send a letter to King Jehoram, if Elijah had already been taken to heaven?

In 2 Chronicles 21, the wicked King Jehoram of Judah receives a letter from the prophet Elijah. The letter from Elijah said this, in part: “This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: ‘....
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Moses sums up: "Your eyes have seen all that the Lord did in Egypt". Had the eyewitnesses not died until then as God had ruled (Deut 1: 35)?

As the Israelites did not trust God's conduct, God ruled none of them would enter the promised land. Only their children would. (Deut. 1: 34-36) Deut. 2: 14-16 confirms the outcome. From Deut. 5 on, ...
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Can 1 Corinthians 15:3-9, particularly verse 8, be used as a proof-text for the claim that there are no more apostles after Paul?

1 Corinthians 15:3-9 (ESV): 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was ...
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Is Psalm 51:11 proof that people in O.T. times could have the Holy Spirit indwelling them too, just like in the New Testament?

Psalm 51:11 (ESV): Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Does this mean that people in the Old Testament could have the Holy Spirit indwelling them too? ...
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When does the marriage take place in Song of Songs?

For a while, I've been trying to find out if the Hebrew practice of Negiah (no physical affection with a non-relative of the opposite sex until you're married to them) was practiced in Bible times, ...
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Is there a chronological issue in Exodus 17,18 and 19?

In Exodus 17 we meet the Israelites camped at Rephidim after leaving the wilderness of sin Exodus 17:1 NASB 17 Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel journeyed by [a]stages from the ...
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When is a person "born of water and the Spirit"? John 3:5

John 3:5 (ESV): 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. According to Jesus, a person must be "born of ...
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“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - Is John 3:3 a universal statement, O.T. Saints included?

John 3:1-7 (ESV): Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, ...
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Joshua 4:9 Until this day! What day is that?

9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day. Joshua 4:9 King James ...
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Is the promise of Revelation 1:3 for Christians in all ages?

Revelation 1:1-3 (ESV): The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 ...
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What is meant by "these are a shadow of the things to come" in Colossians 2:16-17?

Colossians 2:16-17 (ESV): 16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to ...
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1 Samuel 20:18: How was the First of the Month / New Moon Determined?

Closely Related: • Judaism.SE/How was Rosh Chodesh determined, if a New Moon Cannot be Seen? • Calculating months and weeks in the Mosaic Law • Astronomy.SE/How Soon Could a Waxing Crescent Moon Be ...
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Why did Daniel interpret the 70 years of Babylonian servitude to be the same length of desolation?

In 539 BCE Daniel seems to suggest (Daniel 9:2) that he understood the desolation of Jerusalem to last 70 years. in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according ...
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Does Hebrews 9:28 imply that only those who eagerly await the second coming of Christ will be saved?

Hebrews 9:23-28 (ESV): 23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For ...
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Does Matthew 26:64 describe immediate or future events?

"You have said so," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: From now on, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.&...
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What did Jesus mean by "the end of the age" in Matthew 28:20?

Matthew 28:19-20: 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have ...
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When are men judged? Hebrews 9:27 [closed]

Hebrews 9:27 (ESV): 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, When are men judged? Right after death, or at some common point in the future?
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When was the Book of Ruth set?

"In the days when the judges ruled,[a] there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab."- Ruth 1:...
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At what exact moment did/will the Old Covenant disappear/vanish away? Hebrews 8:13

Hebrews 8:13: By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. [NIV] When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first ...
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At what exact moment did the old covenant become obsolete? Hebrews 8

Hebrews 8 (ESV): Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the holy places, ...
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Time span between Acts 18:2 till Acts 21:17

Is it possible to know how much time passed between Acts 18:2 and Acts 21:17, that is, till Paul's last visit to Jerusalem? After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth (Acts 18:...
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Is John chapter 9 in the same day with John chapter 10:22-23?

When you read John 9, you may think .. Where did The Lord Jesus heal the blind man... John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. It doesn't say clearly in John 9, ...
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At what exact moment did Jesus transition from being rich to being poor according to 2 Corinthians 8:9?

I'm aware of the recently asked question When was Jesus rich? 2 Corinthian 8:9, and it's very likely that some readers will almost knee-jerkly react by voting to close this question as a duplicate. ...
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Faith & Works - Is Paul responding to James or James responding to Paul?

James & Paul cite the same Old Testament story in their arguments about faith & works. From James: 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the ...
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As Mary was too poor to offer a lamb after giving birth to Jesus, offering birds instead, does this prove the Magi had not yet pitched up with gold?

As Mary was too poor to offer a lamb after giving birth to Jesus, offering birds instead, does this prove the Magi had not yet pitched up with gold? Otherwise, she could have afforded to buy a huge ...
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What does the Gesture of "uncovering feet" and "laying to Boas feet" mean?

In Ruth 3,4 it is written: When he gets ready to go to sleep, take careful notice of the place where he lies down. Then go, uncover his legs, and lie down beside him. He will tell you what you should ...
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Dating Babylonian Destruction of Jerusalem w/ Only the Bible

I am interested to see if it's possible to obtain an approximate date of when Jerusalem was destroyed (secular sources say 587 BCE using cuneiform tablets, astronomy, etc.) with only the Bible and its ...
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Was the gift of the Holy Spirit promised only for the first-century Church, according to Acts 2:38-39?

Acts 2:37-39 (ESV): 37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be ...
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“You are my Son, today I have begotten you” - what are the meaning and implications of the word "today" in the context of Hebrews 1:5?

Hebrews 1:5 (ESV): 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? It's clear that ...
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Is there any interpretative room for considering the prophetic predictions of 2 Peter 3:3-13 as already fulfilled?

2 Peter 3:3-13 (ESV): 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? ...
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When was Jesus made both Lord and Christ?

Acts 2:36 (ESV): 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ. When ...
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How can 'what must soon come to pass' in Revelation 1:1 be reconciled with ~2000+ years?

Revelation begins with "This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon come to pass." (Berean Study Bible) The word 'soon' here is 'tachei', ...
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Is there any interpretative room for considering the prophetic predictions of Matthew 24:29-31 as already fulfilled?

Matthew 24:29-31 (YLT): 29 `And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from the heaven, and the ...
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Is the ministry of the tabernacle for ages 30 to 50, or for ages 29 to 49?

From Numbers 4: 1 And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 2 Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers, 3 From ...
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Are Paul (1 Cor 15:52) and Jesus (Matt 24:29-31) describing the same event, and if so, when will/did this happen?

In Matthew 24:29-31, Jesus describes what is commonly known as the "The Coming of the Son of Man": 29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon ...
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Is Acts 2:17 applicable today?

Acts 2:17 "'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Was this ...
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What time of the year did Jesus raise Lazarus?

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to ...
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When shall those who hunger and thirst for righteousness be satisfied? Matthew 5:6

Matthew 5:6 (ESV): 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. When will this happen?
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Are the 480 years of 1 Kings 6:1 wrong?

Here is my particular biblical chronology based on a literalist interpretation of the Bible, the only problem I have is that I cannot fit the 480 years of 1 Kings 6:1 into it: And it came to pass in ...
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David said "the LORD is my shepherd", yet Jesus said "I am the good shepherd" - was Jesus David's shepherd? [closed]

Psalms 23 (ESV): The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of ...
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Are the signs mentioned in Mark 16:17-18 universally expected of all true believers?

Mark 16:17-19 (ESV): 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if ...
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When was Timothy in prison?

Hebrews 13:23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. When was Timothy in prison? Note-this question assumes an affirmative answer to this ...
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Did Daniel prophesy a change from Sabbath observance to Sunday observance in Daniel 7:25?

Daniel 7:25 (ESV): 25 He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his ...