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Was Barnabas ever reconciled to Paul?

The events of Act 15 are dated to AD 48. It is worth noting that Paul and Barnabas solved the immediate problem in a good way. When compromise was impossible ("I want X," "Not a chance&...
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When was Jesus made both Lord and Christ?

At birth, what titles did Jesus already possess? Luke 2:11 & 21 (NKJV) "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." "And when eight ...
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Was Barnabas ever reconciled to Paul?

The question sets out nicely the way in which Paul's broken relationship with Mark was healed and later flourished -- with, it seems, a new depth of character in Mark. Was it, one wonders, a case of ...
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Acts 4:26, isn't the Christ himself the Lord?

Acts 4:25–26: 25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered ...
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How can Paul (Saul), be considered a "young man" when Stephen was stoned?

It's an interesting question, and one that has caught the eye of commentators for a long time. Let's get the text of Acts 7:58b first: [NASB] ... and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the ...
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Why is Paul called a 'babbler' in Acts 17?

Short answer The greek word translated as "babbler" in Acts 17:18 is a piece of Athenian slang, meaning: "an empty speaker, an ignorant, a vulgar plagiarist", commonly used to ...
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Are those Jesus' half brothers or step brothers mentioned in Acts 1:14?

We are not told. Jesus' brothers (and sisters!) are mentioned several times: Matt 13:55 - "Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, ...
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Why does King James Bible Acts 12:4 say "Easter"?

In a sense, it's not wrong, but it's perhaps a bit anachronistic. The actual Greek in that verse says: ὃν καὶ πιάσας ἔθετο εἰς φυλακήν, παραδοὺς τέσσαρσιν τετραδίοις στρατιωτῶν φυλάσσειν αὐτόν, ...
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Why did the apostles not adhere strictly to the instructions of the Lord concerning water baptism?

Acts 19:1-5 (DRB) And it came to pass, while Apollo was at Corinth, that Paul having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples. 2 And he said to them: Have you ...
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In the time of Jesus, were the Jewish authorities allowed to execute?

It seems that the Romans initially allowed the Jewish authorities to exercise capital punishment, but withdrew the privilege some time during Jesus' life. The historian Josephus writes of an ...
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How convincing were the proofs of the resurrection in Acts 1:3?

This interesting question has two dimensions: (1) the meaning of παρέστησεν ἑαυτὸν ... ἐν πολλοῖς τεκμηρίοις [parestēsen heauton ... en pollois tekmēriois = "he presented himself ... by many ...
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In Acts 7:56 why does Stephen see Jesus "standing"?

There are about 16 New Testament references to Jesus or the Son of Man being at God’s right hand. Acts 7:55-56 is unique in describing the Son of Man as standing (twice), four verses describe him ...
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In Acts 2:6, was the miracle in the speaking or the hearing at Pentecost?

The important and critical verse is Acts 2:6 in this passage of v1 - 13. Acts 2:6 - And when this sound happened, the assembled multitude was bewildered because they were hearing them speaking, ...
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What was the name given in Acts 4:12? Was it the Tetragrammaton or the name ''Jesus''?

The answer to your question is in the text of scripture in verse 10 : Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth ... etc [Acts 4:10 KJV] ...
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What does the phrase "in His own authority" mean in Acts 1:7?

The simple answer is that the phrase addresses the nature of the authority behind the establishment of the times and seasons just mentioned. It tells us that these have come from God Himself. A more ...
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Did Paul think in Hebrew?

We can be sure that Paul also spoke Hebrew fluently. First up, Mishnaic Hebrew was a living language in first century Judea and well-known even among the common people. Along with that, even though ...
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What kind of reception did Jubilees have in first century Judaism?

The status of Jubilees in early Judaism is difficult to assess. Most of the scholarly energy on this text has been expended in establishing its text and origins -- both are fraught and problematic, ...
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Is it a contradiction that Paul's companions both "heard a voice" (Acts 9:7) and "did not hear the voice" (Acts 22:9)?

The Idea in Brief The Greek verb ἀκούω means to hear and/or to understand. Discussion In the Greek New Testament, the verb ἀκούω means to hear and/or to understand. For example, in the following ...
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In Acts 13:48, had those who believed been "appointed" or "readied and prepared"?

The differences between and the new believers were prepared for eternal life (OP) and and all who were appointed for eternal life believed (NIV) are the flip-flopping of the finite verb ...
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How to reconcile Luke 2:11 and Acts 2:36?

A rhetorical response question would be, "Why would one think Act 2:36 is referring to Jesus being 'made Lord and Christ after the resurrection'?" This idea is reading more into Act 2:36 than is there....
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What is the author's purpose in writing Acts?

J. A. Alexander states the purpose of Acts in his commentary, as a special history of the planting and extension of the church, both among Jews and Gentiles...1 This, obviously, is the traditional ...
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In Acts 28:31 sudden ending

The book of acts reads like a church report of progress at various stages beginning with Jesus sending out the disciples until the Gospel reached Rome. Each section concludes with a summary of the ...
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Are those Jesus' half brothers or step brothers mentioned in Acts 1:14?

These are the sons of Mary and they are true brothers to Jesus. It would not just be ambiguous to say : These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the ...
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Where does Moses say the things which Paul attributes to him in Acts 26:22-23?

First, "Moses and the prophets", or sometimes, "the Law of Moses and the prophets", is a common hendiadys meaning what we now call the OT Hebrew scriptures. John 1:45, Luke 16:29, ...
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Why is there a separation between Luke and Acts?

From the book The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration by Metzger and Ehrman, chapter 1, The making of ancient books, page 11-12: In the Greco-Roman world, ...
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