History

Ancient biblical calendars – understanding dates/times recorded in the Bible

The ancient Hebrew/Jewish calendar differed from our modern-day calendar system and thus dates/times in the Bible can be confusing if one does not understand how the ancient Hebrew calendar was used to record time. The Hebrew calendar was a lunar calendar and thus, projected a shorter year than a solar…
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Ancient Texts

Ignatius to the Ephesians – letter from early Christian church leader

The following letter preserved under the name of Ignatius is generally considered authentic as it was mentioned by the historian Eusebius in the first half of the fourth century.  As part of seven letters to seven early Christian churches, Ignatius's letters proved to be important testimony to the development of…
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Ancient Texts

Ignatius to the Philadelphians – letter from early Christian church leader

The following letter preserved under the name of Ignatius is generally considered authentic as it was mentioned by the historian Eusebius in the first half of the fourth century.  As part of seven letters to seven early Christian churches, Ignatius's letters proved to be important testimony to the development of…
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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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History

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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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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History

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.  Characters are grouped and categorized by their function in the biblical texts.  Many of these characters are also…
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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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History

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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