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Why did some Jews who didn't believe in Jesus easily perceive his message as an attempt to forcefully declare himself a king and compete with Caesar?

The prevailing belief at the time was that the Messiah would overthrow Roman rule. If Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, it wouldn't be hard to connect the dots. However, Jesus made it quite clear that ...
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Why did the Jews refuse to kill Christ in John 18:31?

By the time of Jesus' crucifixion the Jewish Sanhedrin had lost the power to perform capital punishment without Rome's approval. This did not mean they could not execute criminals; it meant they had ...
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Does "Lord" in the NT, after the Gospels, predominantly refer to Jesus, except for when the OT is in view? (Limiting to Acts 1-5 for now)

Let us examine the actual data in all 18 instances of "Lord" in Acts 1-5 - Acts 1:6 - So when they came together, they asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”...
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Why did some Jews who didn't believe in Jesus easily perceive his message as an attempt to forcefully declare himself a king and compete with Caesar?

Christianity is a threat to Judaism because it is taking believers away from them. The Jews did not have the jurisdiction to oppress Christianity, and they knew that the Romans authorities would not ...
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Why does Peter instruct the disciples to baptize for the remission of sins if Jesus died for our sins?

There's a good answer in Romans: Romans 6:3-5 RSV 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by ...
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Why does Peter instruct the disciples to baptize for the remission of sins if Jesus died for our sins?

The original is εις αφεσιν αμαρτιων - unto aphesis of sins . It is not 'for'. 'Unto' (εις ) denotes a progression. The same preposition is used in the gospels regarding John's baptism. The ritual, ...
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In Acts 2:42-47, why did the new Christians "sell their possessions, distributing the proceeds to all"?

The apostles followed Jesus' Great Commission, as recorded in Matthew 28:19-20, by teaching people to obey everything Jesus had commanded. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing ...
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What is the reason why some disciples have not even heard that there is a holy spirit in Acts 19:2?

Surely the answer is in v3; They were baptised "into John's baptism". Apollos in ch18 v25 was in the same case. That is, presumably, they were "disciples" in the sense of having ...
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Acts 1:9-12: Is Jesus' ascent to Heaven literal sky or something else?

The disciples likely understood this to mean that Jesus departed from the earthly realm. The Greek word used for "heaven" in this passage is "ouranos" (οὐρανός), which can refer to ...
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Acts 21:36 different sentiment in NLT

Yes, the original Greek does not mean "kill". The NLT is more of a paraphrase than a literal translation. The translators obviously thought that a mob screaming "Kill him" better ...
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Was Jesus given power (Acts 10:38)

The Bible's own testimony is usually better than any commentary. Here are scriptures that address your question. 6But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then ...
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How are we to interpret the prohibition against eating blood in Acts 15:20 as far as the Christian Era goes?

Universal Prohibitions There were four prohibitions given to the new converts to Christianity by the Apostles. While the nations (Gentiles) were not to be required to follow the Mosaic covenant, with ...
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Why does Peter instruct the disciples to baptize for the remission of sins if Jesus died for our sins?

To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. - Acts: 10:43 The ubiquitous preposition εις (eis) describes a motion into any ...
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Why does Peter instruct the disciples to baptize for the remission of sins if Jesus died for our sins?

It's hermeneutically important to consider what "baptism" meant to the people in Israel at the time of Jesus rather than the subsequent cultural and religious context. And why was John, the ...
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What was blasphemy from Paul's perspective before his conversion?

This is an interesting question because it is not certain whether Paul is talking about blasphemy as he understood it at the time, or whether he means blasphemy as he understands in in the present. ...
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What does "boulen/will" mean in Acts 20:27?

Paul was departing from Ephesus and would not, again, see those gathered there, before his first arraignment in Rome, so this is a solemn occasion in which he urges the elders : For I have not ...
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Was the breaking of bread in Acts 20:7 a recurring activity that the disciples did every first day and was this a church service?

The phrase "breaking bread" or "breaking of bread" occurs only a very few times in the NT as follows: Luke 24:35 - Then the two told what had happened on the road, and how they ...
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What is the "baptism of John" described in Acts 18:25?

John the Baptist was the fulfillment of prophecies about one who would prepare the way before the Lord - as per Isaiah 40:3. That Lord was the foretold Messiah; John was the messenger sent before him -...
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Was Stephen put to death by legal execution or a lynch mob?

Regarding the original question, two verses are to be compared relative to the effective upon the hearts of two different listening audiences. In Acts 2:37, after hearing Peter deliver his Pentacostal ...
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How was Ananias a liar?

In the tragic incident of Acts 5:1-10, only the highlights are recorded - some details are obviously missing. From the available facts we may reasonably deduce the following: Annanias and Sapphira ...
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Is it correct to translate *dexiolaboi* as 'spearmen' in Acts 23:23?

Most lexicons (eg, BDAG, Thayer, NAS, Strongs, Newman, Souter, Friberg et al, etc) honestly admit that δεξιόλαβος occurring in Acts 23;23 is very rare word of uncertain meaning. What can be said is ...
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What is the reason why some disciples have not even heard that there is a holy spirit in Acts 19:2?

I greatly appreciated Stephen Disraeli's answer (and upvoted it). So this answer should be seen as an appendix to that answer. It is true that some of John's disciples appear to have suffered from ...
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Does "most excellent Theophilus" mean more than just a greek person's name?

The text of Luke 1:3 is ἔδοξε κἀμοὶ παρηκολουθηκότι ἄνωθεν πᾶσιν ἀκριβῶς καθεξῆς σοι γράψαι, κράτιστε Θεόφιλε Notice that the last word, "Theophilus" is in the vocative case, Θεόφιλε, ie, ...
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If Paul was raised at the feet of Gamaliel, why did he persecute the church?

Here I am making a case that Paul was persecuting the Christians because their actions, such as the mass selling of land, could be viewed as a direct violation of Mosaic Law, potentially provoking a ...
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If Paul was raised at the feet of Gamaliel, why did he persecute the church?

I would say this is to do with personality types and differences. Adam and Eve gave birth to Cain, Abel and Seth. These children were guided and nurtured by the same parents for many years. Yet, two ...
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What does Luke mean in Acts 1:1 when he says "all things"?

I'd like to first note that ancient writers often used hyperbolic language or general statements for rhetorical effect without intending to be taken completely literal. Luke isn't saying he recorded ...
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Which are the Biblical references summarising early Christian Community life?

This question is likely to be closed because it is simply searching for a text. However, in the spirit of helpfulness I offer the following: κοινωνία (koinónia) see https://biblehub.com/greek/2842....
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How do scholars reconcile Acts 4:12 with Mtt 1:23?

You are having trouble with the meaning of "the name" among people in Biblical times especially among the Jews. The “name” of Yahweh does not merely refer to the four consonants of God’s ...
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How do scholars reconcile Acts 4:12 with Mtt 1:23?

Naming of God Incarnate It is the custom today, and has been the tendency throughout the ages, to give a person more than one name. And sometimes a nickname. Gideon was also called Jerubbaal (Judges ...
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