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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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In Matthew 16:18, was Jesus referring to Peter or himself when he said "upon this rock"?

I want to offer an alternate perspective, mostly because I think several faulty lines of reasoning have been proposed for why it is "unlikely" that πέτρα refers to Πέτρος. My response will ...
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What did Jesus mean by "on this rock, I will build my church"?

There seems to have been a very clear understanding among the Church Fathers that Jesus was referring to Peter's confession of faith and not to the person of Peter himself here. John Chrysostom (d. ...
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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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In Matthew 16:18, was Jesus referring to Peter or himself when he said "upon this rock"?

Let me quote my (overly) literal translation of Matt 16:16-19 - “Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon bar Jona, ...
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Did Jesus address Peter or Satan influencing Peter when he said “Get behind me, Satan!" in Matthew 16:23?

The Greek grammar is unambiguous that: Jesus was speaking "to Peter" Πέτρῳ = noun dative Jesus addresses "Satan" Σατανᾶ - noun vocative That is, Jesus said to Peter, "Get ...
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Who is the son of man in Matthew 16:13?

OP asks: If we read "But whom say ye that I am?" as "But whom say ye that I am?" instead of "But whom say ye that I am?" does this change the question? Perhaps, but this is not a valid reading of ...
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Mark 16:7 Did Peter lose his salvation upon his denial of Jesus thrice?

Whatever evil was done by Peter in his three-fold denial of the Lord was forgiven upon his three-fold affirmation after the His Resurrection. When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon ...
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In Matthew 16:18, was Jesus referring to Peter or himself when he said "upon this rock"?

The antecedent of "this rock" has been debated for millennia. There appear to be 4 possible antecedents--let's look at the preceding verses: 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art ...
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What is the significance and meaning behind Jesus giving Simon the name Peter?

This is an important question with many implications. Thank you for asking! First of all, you are correct to note that the renaming of Peter occurred not when Peter confessed Christ in Matthew 16, but ...
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Why did Christ wash Judas feet in John 13:5?

St. John Crysostom gives an insightful commentary on this scene; his conclusion was that it was to convince Judas not to betray Him, to give him occasion to reconsider his intentions freely, and not ...
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Why did Christ wash Judas feet in John 13:5?

Jesus does not explain on that occasion why He is washing the Apostles' feet, but He tells Peter, What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this (John 13:7). The ...
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In Matthew 16:18, was Jesus referring to Peter or himself when he said "upon this rock"?

Peter said, 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God', Matthew 16:16, a revelation of whom Jesus truly was, God manifest in flesh, 1 Timothy 3:16 [TR]. Peter is blessed for this was a ...
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What difference does Paul intend the Galatians to place on the changing of Peter's name from Cephas to Peter and back to Cephas?

This is an interesting question and I think it reveals something of Paul's thinking. In the context of a situation where Paul had to face Peter regarding an issue of legality in the church, that is to ...
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Whom did Ananias lie to? The Holy Spirit, God or both? Acts 5:3-4

This is a question about understanding the scriptures. The HS is the spirit of God not another person in a trinity. If the HS is another person then Jesus has two fathers. Matthew 1:18 Now the birth ...
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Does John 1:41-42 parallel Matthew 16:16-18, where Simon is also named "Cephas/Peter"?

The Gospel of John is loaded with cases like this. Thus, we need to look at more than this one to see what John did. From both tradition and the character of his gospel, John wrote with the ...
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What is the significance and meaning behind Jesus giving Simon the name Peter?

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (πέτρος), and upon this rock (πέτρᾳ) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18, KJV) The word Peter ...
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4 different ways to interpret 2 Peter 2:20-22?

I'm only relieved that no answer has (yet) appeared proposing a fifth, or more ways to interpret that admittedly difficult passage! However, I would point out the significance of two words in the text ...
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Who is 'the disciple that Jesus loved'?

This answer will not rehash the extensive answer referred to in the comments but address this question in particular. What is noteworthy in the Gospel of John is John is quick to name the other ...
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Could Peter's denial be classified in the same level as the betrayal of Judas?

There are different Greek words for 'repentance'. For Judas, the word in Matthew 27:3 means "to be careful, or concerned with". That is, to be full of care about a concerning matter. It is ...
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Why does Acts not mention the deaths of Peter and Paul?

The book of Acts is not a biography, so there is no reason for it to bring life-stories to completion. The story-line is best understood as "How the gospel got from Jerusalem to Rome". In ...
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Reconciling the accounts of the calling of Simon Peter

There are 2 stories here. The first is when Andrew and Peter first meet Jesus in John's account. The second is when Andrew, Peter, James and John are called as disciples, as described in the synoptic ...
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Is there any significance behind Jesus' use of the word "love" in "John 21:15-17"

I believe that in the Scriputes every single word has been meaningfully chosen for our instruction. As for agapao and phileo, they are very important words and we can learn a lot from their use also ...
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What role did James have in Paul's conflict with Peter?

Role of James The James referred to here was James, the brother of the Lord, that Paul refers to in Galatians 1:19. The same James was episkopos in Jerusalem, and the one who pronounced on how ...
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Why did John make such a big deal about being a faster runner than Peter?

Arthur J. Droge ('The Status of Peter in the Fourth Gospel: A Note on John 18:10-11', Journal of Biblical Literature 109.2 [1990]: 307–311) says a number of commentators have observed that the Fourth ...
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In Galatians 2:11-13 why does Peter fear the Jewish believers?

Bear with me because there is a lot of context to this question. YLT Acts 10:1-20 And there was a certain man in Cesarea, by name Cornelius, a centurion from a band called Italian [not a Jew], pious, ...
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In Galatians 2:11-13 why does Peter fear the Jewish believers?

The Jewish believers were not the primary objects of Peter’s fear. Although Peter was perceived as being afraid of those Jews, Marcion, the Gnostic, believed that what played out behind that scenario ...
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