History

Who wrote the Bible? Complete (but concise) list of Bible books, their authors, and when they were written

  Since most books in the Bible were written anonymously (not uncommon in Biblical days), much of what we know for certain about the authorship comes from logical deduction.  What follows is the opinion of the majority of contemporary scholars along with the traditional views of authorship (both Jewish and…
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Modern Day Lessons

Christian creationism vs. science’s Theory of Evolution – did God paint the universe with a random brush?

Pitting deep-rooted theological beliefs against modern-day scientific theory The Theory of Evolution is an oft-debated topic pitting the deep-rooted beliefs of theologians against the theories of modern-day scientists. Scientists suggest (and often, violating their own scientific process, wholeheartedly accept as truth) that man evolved over time – that certain human…
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Complete (but concise) list of Bible places – Old and New Testament biblical locations

This is list of places, lands, and countries mentioned in the Bible. Some places may be listed twice or under two different names. Hover over the biblical location name for a detailed explanation of the place (if available). A Absalom's Monument Achaia Adiabene - Neo Assyrian State Ai Akko Akkad…
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The surprising truth behind the religion of Islam – a detailed Christian guide to the Koran (Quran) and what it teaches its followers

WARNING: The following is an up-front, critical analysis of the Quran which religious followers of Islam may find offensive. Since it is presented as a critique, I openly invite followers of Islam to comment on the article in the comments section at the end of the article. Preface: A Christian's…
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History

Was Jesus a real person – is there historical proof outside the Bible that Jesus really existed?

Was Jesus a real person? Yes, Jesus was real (albeit not very popular) Although the New Testament Bible provides extensive documentation of Jesus’ life, the Bible is a theological literary work and could be seen by some as potentially biased. Even steadfast Christians may occasionally wonder, “Is there any other…
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How do we reconcile the differences in Old Testament Law and Jesus’ New Testament teachings?

Difficulty reconciling differences between the Old and New Testaments New Christians sometimes find it difficult to reconcile the differences in Old Testament and New Testament teachings. In most instances, New Testament lessons explain or expand on Old Testament teachings. In other instances however, New Testament lessons seem to contradict or…
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Complete (but concise) list of major and minor characters in the Bible

There are literally hundreds of characters in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  Here is a complete list of important biblical characters along with a brief note regarding their significance.  Proposed symbolism of the Hebrew name is in parenthesis.  Characters are grouped and categorized by their function in…
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Where was Jesus mentioned in the Old Testament? Here’s where the Messianic Prophecies are fulfilled in the New Testament.

Many may not recognize the Old Testament support for Jesus as the promised Messiah.  Called Messianic Prophecies, these Old Testament scriptures support the Christian belief that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah (some estimate there are hundreds of verses that support Jesus as the Savior but these verses in particular,…
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History

The genealogy of Jesus Christ and why there are differences between Matthew and Luke

How do we know the genealogical line of Jesus? The genealogy of Jesus is described in two different passages of the New Testament – one in the Gospel of Luke and the other in the Gospel of Matthew.  Matthew's attempt at recording the genealogy of Jesus commences with Abraham and…
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The Masoretic Text and its importance to modern-day biblical translations

What is the Masoretic Text? Important because it is widely used as the basis for modern-day translations of the Old Testament, the phrase “Masoretic Text” refers to the ancient authoritative Hebrew text of the Old Testament ( “Jewish Bible”).  Masoretic Text includes not only the Hebrew text of the Old…
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