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In Acts 10 why does Peter not know the gospel is not only for the Jewish people?

According to Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15 and Luke 24:24, the apostles were told to preach the gospel to all nations. Why did Peter need a vision to find this out again? Why did they avoid gentiles up to ...
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If the LORD gives His glory to no other, then what is the glory that Jesus gives to the twelve and to future believers?

Isaiah 42:8 says: I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. While John 17:5, 22 says: 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the ...
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Why are there only 13 generations from Shealtiel to Jesus? ( mathew 1:12-16)

Matthew 1:17 KJV 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away ...
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What was the volume of Solomon's sea?

In Asimov's Guide to the Bible, one of Dr. Asimov's criticisms focused on a description in the Bible concerning Solomon’s sea, where he claimed that 1 Kings 7:23-25 misrepresented Pi as 3. In his book,...
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Why did God bless Abraham's marriage with Sarah if she was his sister and incestuous relationships are categorically prohibited in Scripture?

Abraham married his sister: 11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she is indeed my sister,...
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Why does Neh. 8:17 say that nobody celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles since Joshua, when Solomon celebrated it in 1 Kgs. 8:65?

When Nehemiah celebrates the Festival of Tabernacles for the first time with the returning exile from Babylon, it is stated that From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had ...
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Are Genesis Chapters 10 and 11 split incorrectly?

Regarding the Tower of Babel narrative... I have posted elsewhere about the timeline problem of Babel happening only ~100 years after the flood. Population, technology, etc. issues are all raised with ...
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Why does the number of Levites not tally in Numbers 3?

After the census the total number of Levites does not tally. How can we reconcile the difference? Numbers 3:21 (KJV) 21 Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimites: ...
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Psalm 139:13 says that God knits us in our mother's womb. If Jesus creates all things, and not God, then who knitted Jesus in his mother's womb?

Psalm 139:13-16 ESV For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very ...
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How long did Saul reign?

In 1 Samuel 13:1 (BPT09) Saul era de meia-idade, quando se tornou rei de Israel e reinou cerca de vinte anos. which translates to: Saul was middle-aged when he became king of Israel and reigned for ...
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Jesus's genealogy: 28 generations or 41 since David?

These questions keep me wondering: Firstly, how is it possible that Matthew and Luke came up with completely different genealogies of Jesus ancestors, if they are both following the masculine line? ...
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Did Jesus ask for a donkey and a colt or just a colt?

Luke 19:30 (ESV) saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. Matthew 21:2 (ESV) saying ...
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Does the Bible truely promote Slavery in Exodus 21:20-21 & Leviticus 25:44-46?

I recently had a discussion here where the claim was made, that the Bible "promotes Slavery". This claim was backed by Exodus 21:20-21 & Leviticus 25:44-46. Exodus 21:20-21: 20 “When a ...
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Is there another explanation for the 'contradiction' on Luke 23:43, John 20:17 instead an incorrect translation?

Luke 23:43 states: Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise. John 20:17 states: Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go ...
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Jesus says mustard seeds are the smallest but they are not actually

“It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth,” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭4:31‬ ‭ The mustard seed is not the smallest seed on the earth today, so how ...
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Why do Matthew & Luke report that Joseph (Jesus' stepfather) had two different fathers?

I ran into a YouTube video that claims the Gospels of Luke and Mathew contradict on the name of Joseph's father. Luke claims that Joseph's father was a man named Heli but Mathew claims that the father ...
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If Ezekiel is muted by God, why are there records of him talking prior to being given back the power of speech?

Ezekiel 24 in particular (Good News vers.) v.19-20: 'The people asked me, "Why are you acting like this?" So I said to them, "The LORD spoke to me and told me'... Then later: v.27: 'That same ...
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Why did Jesus say He wouldn’t drink of the vine when it seems like He did?

Jesus said, according to scripture: Matthew 26:29 NKJV 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” ...
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Is the 480 years mentioned in 1 Kings 6 accurate?

1 Kings 6:1 (KJV) 1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in ...
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Jesus doesn't accuse & releases the adulterous woman, yet Matthew 5:27-28 seems to say otherwise, regarding, "whoever looks at a woman lustfully..."

In Matthew 5:27-28 Jesus appears to contradict himself from His statements in John 8:1-11, and in Matthew 5:29.
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How can John 1:18 say that "No man has seen God" when the Bible says that Abraham, Moses, Job and others have?

At John 1:18 it says, "No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him." But Genesis 17:1 says the Lord appeared to Abram ...
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2 Maccabees 2. Where did Jeremiah hide the ark?

2 Maccabees 2 4: The same document also tells how the prophet, in virtue of an oracle, ordered that the tent and the ark should accompany him, and how he went to the very mountain that Moses climbed ...
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How could the earth form before the sun?

In the Bible it clearly states: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1) and then in the same chapter: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, ...
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Is the Paul of Philippians 3:20-21 the same author, or teaching the same kind of resurrection as described in 1 Corinthians 15:35-38?

Q. Is the Paul of Philippians 3:20-21 the same author, or teaching the same kind of resurrection as described in 1 Corinthians 15:35-38? [Phl 3:20-21 YLT] [20] For our citizenship is in the heavens, ...
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In 2 Samuel 21:19, was Goliath killed twice?

In 2 Samuel 21, we are told that Goliath was killed by Elhanan: 19 In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, who had a ...
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Are we Gods Children by being begotten or by Adoption

Begotten of God for Sonship Joh 1:12 BSB But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— Joh 1:13 BSB children born not of blood, nor ...
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Mt. 15:21-28 vs. Mt. 10:5 - What was Jesus doing in the region of Tyre and Sidon?

21 Then Jesus went from that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My ...
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Why did Jesus not appear after resurrection to the Pharisees and Scribes?

Came across this verse that seems to point to why Jesus did not(was not to) show himself to the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law. But then I have this question, why did Jesus say this? Did he not ...
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Why did Abel keep flocks if man wasn't supposed to eat flesh til after the Flood?

Per Genesis 9:3, man is given the animals as food after the flood. A reasonable implication of that statement is that prior to this, man was supposed to be vegetarian. That said, Genesis 4:2 clearly ...
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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 are the Israelites told to stay home until morning if they were meant to leave Egypt at midnight?

The context in Exodus 12 makes it abundantly clear that the Israelites left Egypt in the middle of the night: At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt... During the night Pharaoh ...
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Does 1st Kings say that pi = 3?

The construction of Solomon's temple includes a piece of furnishing described in 1 Kings 7:23 (ESV): Then he made the sea of cast metal. It was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits ...
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Is there a conflict between these 3 verses - Galatians 1:18-20 & 2:1-2 & Acts 9:26-32?

background Paul asserts in Galatians 1:18-20 that he saw none of the apostles except Cephas and James the Lord's brother. Acts 9:26-30 (27) But Barnabas brings Paul to the apostles and brought to the ...
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Who was a greater king: Hezekiah or Josiah?

About Hezekiah, we read in 2 Kings 18:5-6: Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to ...
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Why would God create vessels of wrath prepared for destruction (Romans 9:21-22) if He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11)?

Ezekiel 33:11 11 Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways,...
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Question regarding apparent contradiction between Luke 24 and John 20

I have a question about an apparent contradiction. In Luke 24 it says that the women went to the tomb and when they saw that it was empty, they entered and saw a vision of angels. After that they went ...
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Why are David's men called "The Thirty" in 2 Samuel 23:24 when verse 39 says there were 37 in total?

Why are David's men called "The Thirty" in 2 Samuel 23:24 when verse 23:39 says there were 37 in total?
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Who wrote the second set of tablets in Exodus 34:27 & Deutoronomy 10:1-4?

(KJV) Deutoronomy 10:1-4 1 At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood. 2 And I will ...
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Contradiction on Peter's location during his second denial

Problem: It seems that Matthew and Mark place Peter in the vestibule, or the "porch", as the KJV puts it, when he denied Jesus the second time whereas John places him at the fire back in the ...
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Centurion Dispute

Did the Centurion of the gospels send someone to ask Jesus, as written in Luke 7:1-10, or is the account in Matthew 8:5-13 the clearer interpretation in that the Centurion himself ask Jesus to "...
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Did Ephesians 2:15 intend to contradict Mathew 5:17?

In Mathew Christ says Mathew 5:17(NKJV) 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy (καταλύω)(throw down,do away make void) the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. But ...
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Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?

Here's a story Jesus told about David according to Mark 2:23-28 (ESV): One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And ...
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Why does James associate physical illness to sin?

We read in James 5:14-16 (NIV); 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in ...
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What does "he delivers the kingdom to God the Father" mean in 1 Corinthians 15:24?

Looking for references of the Gospel in the Bible, I found a very interesting text:* 1 Corinthians 15:22-25 (ESV) For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in ...
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Abiathar or Ahimelech....Who got it wrong? [duplicate]

In Mark 2:25 Jesus names Abiathar as the High Priest who gave David the show bread. In 1 Samuel 21:1 it is recorded that David came to Ahimelech the priest who gave him the show bread. Who got it ...
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Who made the request to sit at Jesus side?

In Matthew 20:20-28 we read 20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She ...
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Does God dwell in human temples?

Paul in his epistles Says God Does Not Live in Temples Made of Human Hands, But Jesus Says He Does Paul says "God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not ...
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Jesus died for the forgiveness of sin past present future why then would God hold the believer accountable 2 Corinthians 5:10

I lead a Bible Study of Senior women. My question came up in the group and I am looking for a way to dispute the understanding of 2 Cor 5:10 if it is misunderstood. 2 Corinthians 5:10: KJV: For we ...
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How can John 3:13-14 be reconciled with what happened to Enoch, Elijah and Jesus?

While at least two people didn't die, Jesus spoke of only the Son of man ascending into heaven. Jesus next said the Son of man would need to be lifted up. John 3:13-14 (KJV) (Jesus said) “And ...
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Did God "change His mind" in Ezekiel 4?

Others have asked similar questions pertaining to passages such as Amos 7:3, 6, Numbers 22, 1 Samuel 15, and 1 Kings 19 regarding this topic. My goal in asking this is not ask the same old question ...

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