Bible

Questioning Q

by Jimmy Akin

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In a previous post, I looked at the hypothetical document Q, which most contemporary Bible scholars think was used by Matthew and Luke when they composed their Gospels. The reason they think this is that there are 235 verses in Matthew that are paralleled in Luke but not in Mark or John. The proposal is […]

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Some Thoughts About Q

by Jimmy Akin

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No, not that annoying guy from Star Trek. And not the gadget guy from James Bond. In biblical scholarship, Q is a hypothetical source that both Matthew and Luke supposedly used. The reason people talk about it is that there are about 235 verses in Matthew that are paralleled in Luke but not in Mark or […]

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In the Douay-Rheims version of the Bible, we read: Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because thou hast done this thing, thou art cursed among all cattle, and […]

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In the Gospels, the most famous miracle associated with Jesus—other than the Resurrection—is the Feeding of the Five Thousand. It’s recorded in all four Gospels. But Matthew and Mark record an additional, similar miracle, known as the Feeding of the Four Thousand. The numbers connected with this miracle are a little different (four thousand people […]

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Recently, Gretchen Passantino-Coburn posted an interesting piece on whether Jesus was trying to avoid the Cross when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. The piece very correctly points out that Jesus knew it was his Father’s will for him to die on the Cross and that he lived his life in complete submission to […]

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A common claim in some skeptical circles is that St. Paul never quoted Jesus. A second common claim is that, if he had reliable knowledge of Jesus, he would have quoted him. The conclusion that is drawn from these premises is that St. Paul was not a reliable source on Jesus. Since St. Paul’s letters […]

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The four Gospels all mention the empty tomb of Christ, which has become a mainstay of modern apologetics. But some argue that the idea of the empty tomb was a late development in early Christianity—that it only arose decades after the Crucifixion, and that early Christians thought Jesus had been “spiritually” raised from the dead, […]

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In Galatians, St. Paul says at one point: But when Cephas came to Antioch I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he ate with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And with him the rest […]

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This Monday we’re going to be celebrating the solemnity of the Annunciation. This day celebrates the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce of the birth of Christ. What’s going on and why is this day important? Here are 8 things you need to know.   1. What does the word […]

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It is well known that the Church regards the bishops as the successors of the apostles. For example, the Second Vatican Council taught: This Sacred Council, following closely in the footsteps of the First Vatican Council, with that Council teaches and declares that Jesus Christ, the eternal Shepherd, established His holy Church, having sent forth […]

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