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Why does Acts not mention the deaths of Peter and Paul?

The simplest answer--by far--is that Peter & Paul were still living when Acts was written. These two men (arguably along with James the Lord's brother) are the main characters of the book of Acts, ...
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Why did Jesus begin his ministry at age 30?

Why did Jesus begin his ministry at age 30? Jesus a sympathetic High Priest that can sympathize with our weaknesses. For this reason, he came to earth born as a man having flesh and blood, and ...
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How could King Herod have killed John the baptist in Matthew 14?

There are three Herods in scripture. 1 The one that killed the infants at the time of Jesus' birth - 'Herod the Great'. 2 The one that killed John the Baptist - 'Herod Antipas'. (Also 'the Tetrarch'....
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How could King Herod have killed John the baptist in Matthew 14?

Here is an extract from Wikipedia about the Herodian family (source): Herod the Great (born c. 74 BC, ruled 37–4 BC), client king of Judea who built the Second Temple (in Jerusalem) and in the New ...
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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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Has the lengthened day of Joshua 10 been modeled in a simulation to show how this could have occurred?

The short answer is that, no, despite a persistent urban legend that NASA modeled this on one of their early computer systems, the reality is that such a simulation is impossible. According to Dr. ...
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Why does Acts not mention the deaths of Peter and Paul?

It is not true that most scholars date the Book of Acts to after 80 AD. The majority of scholars date the composition of Acts to the period between the late 50s and mid-60s AD, with a minority dating ...
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What are the arguments for/against anonymous authorship of the Gospels

The Gospels are formally anonymous in the same way nearly every book on your bookshelf is: the author is not identified in the body of the text. So my copies of the Harry Potter books are anonymous in ...
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Does anyone know precisely whether the gospel of Matthew was written before or after AD 70?

The Gospel of Matthew does not come with a copyright date=); however, we can make some pretty reasonable inferences from the available data. The budget answer is to say that Matthew was written post-...
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When was the Gospel of Mark written?

Executive Summary The Gospel of Mark was probably composed in Rome shortly after the death of Emperor Claudius (died AD 54). I will use the writings of Clement of Alexandria & Paul's epistle to ...
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At what exact moment did Jesus transition from being rich to being poor according to 2 Corinthians 8:9?

At what exact moment did Jesus give up His "wealth?" Answer: It depends on how we interpret 2 Corinthians 8:9 as suggested in the OP. I. Was this at his birth? Well, we might be even more ...
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Did the Chief Priests change their minds about crucifying Christ during the festival?

In brief, this incident is yet another instance of the duplicity of the Jewish leaders. Jesus should not have been executed because: The trial that delivered was illegal for numerous reasons such as ...
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When did God create the waters in Genesis 1:2?

”When did God speak these waters into being?” The answer is given in the Hebrew text בראשׁית ברא אלהים את השׁמים ואת הארץ The fact is that God ברא (created) the השׁמים (heavens - plural) in (the) ...
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Was Benjamin born before or after Joseph was sold into slavery?

Let us review the material from the previous question as per the appendix below. We are not told exactly when Benjamin was born but there is a window of a few years to choose. We know that Joseph was ...
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How can we understand the Tower of Babel timeline?

The question appears to be based on several assumptions that are questionable. But first the chronology according to Gen 11: V10: Arphaxad was born two years after the flood V12: Shelah was born ...
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Is Genesis 2:7 sufficiently ambiguous to support an interpretation that God spent millions of years to form Adam from dust?

Technically, given the way you’ve asked the question, and discounting any other relevant information, yes, the clause (which you call a ‘passage’) is ambiguous enough to coincide with such a viewpoint....
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Is Genesis 2:7 sufficiently ambiguous to support an interpretation that God spent millions of years to form Adam from dust?

Mike's Answer is already good, but I'll expand on why other parts of Genesis preclude millions of years. First off, the genealogy in Genesis 5 (along with later geneologies) absolutely fixes the ...
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Is Genesis 2:7 sufficiently ambiguous to support an interpretation that God spent millions of years to form Adam from dust?

Regarding Genesis 2, we immediately encounter several issues: Does Genesis 2 begin a new separate account of creation? This question is hotly debated and I want to avoid covering questions that ...
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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?

Both textual traditions (along with the Samaritan Pentateuch, which has similarities with each) predate Christianity by centuries. Basically, texts, whether religious, or otherwise, present a rainbow-...
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Does the Bible say the earth was created in six 24 hour days?

There are two indications that the "days" of Gen 1 are literal 24-hour days: The regular repetition of formula, "and there was evening and morning, the nth day". The use of the ...
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Does the Bible say the earth was created in six 24 hour days?

Nowhere in the Genesis account of creating the heavens and the earth does the phrase “24 hours” crop up. Only after God creates light, then makes a division between light (which he calls Day) and ...
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At what exact moment did Jesus transition from being rich to being poor according to 2 Corinthians 8:9?

2 Cor 8:9 says this: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. There are several ...
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At what exact moment did Jesus transition from being rich to being poor according to 2 Corinthians 8:9?

Jesus was the poorest of the poor when he cried upon the cross as he had nothing left, including his only clothes. At the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” ...
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How old was Jacob when he first saw Rachel?

Issac gets married at the age of 40.Genesis 25:20 Jacob was born when Issac was 60 years old. Genesis 25:26 Issac dies at 180 years(Genesis 35:28). So Jacob was 120 years old when Issac died. Jacob ...
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How did Elijah send a letter to King Jehoram, if Elijah had already been taken to heaven?

This question is an exact replica of the same question on Got Questions. The answer is - also - on Got Questions, after the question. So I have just copied the answer to here : Jehoram is anointed ...
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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?

There are many answers here but most of them are based on pure speculation and fanciful theories with no evidence to back them. So I decided to post a scholarly based answer here. I hope this will be ...
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How long did Noah take building the ark?

According to scripture, Genesis 6:3 reveals a "countdown" toward the flood of 120 years (though there is some contention with this interpretation of the 120 years). However, in Genesis 6:14-18 we are ...
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Is there a chronological issue in Matthew 10 and 12?

Matthew 9 32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was ...
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