Bible

St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate is the most influential Bible translation in the history of western Christendom. As a translation, it’s been astoundingly important—even more than the King James Version. For many centuries, it effectively was the Bible for countless Christians. Through long ages in the west, educated people could read Latin but not Greek or […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (May 25, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 1:29 Why is Ascension Thursday a holy day of obligation in some places and not others? 5:30 How do we know the Ascension happened on a Thursday? 7:20 When will we get our glorified bodies? 8:10 How does […]

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Skeptical New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman offers a brief look at how many Bible scholars estimate when the Gospels were written. Let’s talk about that.   The Basic Summary In the 6th edition of his textbook The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, Ehrman has a text box entitled “Establishing the […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 20, 2017, 2nd hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 2:22 Did Jesus falsely prophesy that he would return before the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70? 13:39 Did some of the disciples initially think Jesus was a ghost after his resurrection? 17:50 What is “hermeneutics”? How […]

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Does the Bible indicate God is a deceiver? Recently I was contacted by a reader who was looking for a response to claims made by a Muslim apologist concerning instances in Scripture where God appears to use deception. Let’s talk about that.   What the Muslim apologist was doing The Muslim apologist was responding to […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 14, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 1:10 What was happening at the Triumphal Entry? 4:50 What is happening with the mysterious incident where the disciples get the animal for Jesus to ride? 8:30 When was the cleansing of the Temple? 9:50 What is a […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (April 10, 2017, 1st hour), Jimmy answers the following questions: 2:50 Why don’t Christians all celebrate Easter on the same day? 8:20 How is Easter related to Passover? 10:44 What date was Jesus crucified? 16:10 Why are the days of Holy Week given the names they are? (e.g., […]

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Every so often I’ve encountered people claiming that the Jewish historian Josephus (A.D. 37-c. 100) said that Jews believe in reincarnation. Sometimes this claim is made by New Agers, who want to bolster the antiquity of the idea in Judeo-Christian circles, but I’ve also seen it made by others. It has always struck me as […]

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The vast majority of Christians recognize the possibility of losing one’s salvation. This is clearly taught in multiple Bible passages. However, in the 1500s, John Calvin proposed a teaching now known as eternal security. Today this teaching takes two forms. The first version was proposed by Calvin himself. It holds that, although there are actions […]

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In its entry on the (apocryphal) Epistle of Barnabas, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary states: Although Barnabas 4:14 appears to quote Matt 22:14, it must remain an open question whether the Barnabas circle knew written gospels. Based on Koester’s analysis (1957:125–27, 157), it appears more likely that Barnabas stood in the living oral tradition used […]

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