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Typically the lists of collected canonical text used in Christian religions. Can also refer to any set of collected works which are purported to sum up or represent the central beliefs of any group.

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Is the mustard seed the smallest of seeds?

From Matthew 13:31-32, 31 He [Jesus] put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the ...
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Tensile strength of bone & the bible [closed]

The Bible says that Samson "found a moist jawbone of a donkey, and put forth his hand and took it, and killed with it a thousand men." How many Philistines could one actually slay with the moist ...
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Does Biblical counseling work as well as secular counseling? [closed]

Biblical or nouthetic counselling is a sin-focussed, Bible-based form of counseling that eschews psychology and psychiatry. Has there been any studies done that show the validity and efficacy of ...
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Did a magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit Jerusalem in 33AD?

A Telegraph article makes an interesting claim, in a discussion about the Shroud of Turin: However a new study claims than an earthquake in Jerusalem in 33AD may have not only created the image ...
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Do Jews mostly descend from Shem, son of Noah?

I mean, I am not exactly a creationist. However, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shem How come we have a race called "semite" as in anti-semite? It's as if people think that those people are descendant ...
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Are neanderthal skull fossils just skulls of very elderly humans?

Some people claim that the fossils that have been generally classified as Neanderthal are actually human, and in particular, humans who have lived to a very old age - i.e. two or three hundred years ...
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Do magicians in Egypt turn sticks into snakes?

Rabbi Lawrence Keleman in his book Permission to Receive states that Egyptian magicians today (or when the study it was based on was published in 1960) do a similar stick-snake trick as in the Book of ...
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Were technologically advanced artifacts found at the Durupinar “ark” site?

My social media stream lately has been awash with claims about items supposedly dissevered at a site discovered by Turkish army captain Llhan Durupınar in 1959 that is believed by some to be the final ...
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Is Jesus Christ's birth day March 28th?

Prior to about a week ago, I've never known Christ's birthday to be anything other than December 25th. However, my kids are starting to tell me about how they're hearing claims from peers that this is ...
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Were snakes an ancient symbol of wisdom, fertility, and immortality?

Here is a quote from The New Oxford Annotated Bible, NRSV, with Apocrypha, discussing Genesis 3:1 This characterization of the snake emphasizes his wise craftiness, a characteristic that ...
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Is the bible the most shoplifted book?

Looking at several 'fun facts' pages, the claim of bible being the most shoplifted book appears on several of them. Example 1, Example 2, Example 3 Example 4 The Bible, the world's best-selling ...
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Does this creation model conflict with modern science? [duplicate]

Does this timeline, loosely based on the Bible, conflict with what the Bible or modern science teach about the age and order of the universe? Creation Timeline Table From the Moment of Creation to ...
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Are the Claims of Edward Carpenter (and others) historically accurate regarding the Zodiac and biblical interpretation?

In Edward Carpenter's, "Pagan & Christian Creeds : Their Origin and Meaning" one of the claims is made that the golden calf story in Exodus is allegorical due to the astrological turning of the ...
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Do hares chew cud?

In Leviticus 11:6, a hare is referred to as a "chewer of the cud." What evidence is there on this matter? It is not necessary, strictly speaking, that the evidence be on chewing cud in the same sense ...
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Does the new Testament claim that Mary, mother of Jesus, was a virgin?

I have read from quite a few sources stating that there was a mistranslation in the Bible, calling Mary a "virgin" instead of a "young, marry-able woman". It would be interesting to know about such a ...
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Is the Bible (Christian and Hebrew) the first one to suggest that the Earth is a sphere?

This website claims that the bible is the first to suggest that earth is a sphere way before the Greeks. A literal translation of Job 26:10 is “He described a circle upon the face of the waters, ...
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Is the Old Testament based on Bronze-Age myths?

Lately I have been reading a lot about the origins biblical stories, and I have noticed that a lot of people mock the bible and the christians by telling them that they follow bronze age ...
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Is the name of Prophet Muhammad mentioned in the Bible?

Is the name of the Prophet Muhammad or Ahmad mentioned in the Bible? Does Jesus predict the coming of Muhammad in the Bible? This video (part 2) is an example of this claim. Here is a quote of a ...
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Was a duel between representatives of the fighting armies an accepted way to end armed conflicts in ancient time?

The bible describes the battle between Goliath and David as a dual between two champions each represents his side fighting between them selves to determine the outcome of a battle. The same is ...
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Did the biblical King David exist?

In this question Are any notable biblical characters historical figures? the answer touches the Davidic dynasty and not king David himself. I was wondering whether or there was a real "king David" to ...
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Did William Shakespeare help make the KJV bible?

Many believe because of the placement of specific words in Psalm 46 that William Shakespeare helped in the translation of the King James bible to English. In 1610, the year of the final editing ...
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Does the Torah-encoded age of the universe match science?

Dr. Gerald Schroeder published an article in Aish.com about the age of the Universe and the Jewish bible: So the only data I use as far as Biblical commentary goes is ancient commentary. That ...
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Is Y-chromosomal Adam younger than Mitochondrial Eve?

A Christian claimed to me that: the Y-chromosomal Adam is way younger than the Mitochondrial Eve. Is this true? He argued that this was consistent with the biblical account: that Noah is ...
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Has Noah's ark been discovered in Turkey?

I found this website claiming that noah's ark has been found. Is there any archaeological or historical evidence to support or deny this claim? Related Question: Could a Great Flood have happened?
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How old are phonetic characters? [closed]

My cousin and I have this ongoing debate about the age of the Hebrew bible. The main thrust of my argument is that phonetic characters have not been around long enough for it to be the oldest book of ...
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Was there an eclipse when Jesus was crucified?

I've heard it claimed from various people that we have historical records for the darkness that was said to engulf the earth when Jesus was crucified. In the bible, it claims that there was, but I ...
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Is the IKEA catalogue being distributed in more prints than the Bible?

According to IKEA The 2010 edition [of the catalogue] is the world’s third most printed publication (next to the Bible and Harry Potter) But Martin Roth wrote an article in 2002 where he ...
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Are any notable biblical characters historical figures?

Are any of the main* characters who appear in the Bible that are real historical people, their existence supported my multiple sources. In addition do their actions in the Bible support or ...
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Is the Bible the most read book?

I have often heard that the most popular book is the Bible, but it seems to me that, for example, classical Indian books as the Mahabharata or the Chinese Four Books and Five Classics may be more ...