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Mental health medicine3/4/2017
  Q: I have been struggling with understanding the Greek word Pharmakeia (Strongs 5331) as found in the ...
  A: Short answer, pharmakeia means use of herbal and chemical preparations, usually taken by mouth, but ...
1 Enoch 19:22/24/2017
  Q: Greetings, I am wondering if you have any knowledge in regards to the text sources we have available ...
  A: I found one other that says they will become judges (or judged). "Sirens" is an emendation. Sirens ...
Song of Songs3/20/2016
  Q: I have been looking at this book with an interest in its poetry. Songs 1,v7 in the New English ...
  A: Most translations have the speaker "wrapped", presumably in a cloak or shawl. The term is based on ...
Christmas Celebration.10/30/2015
  Q: Christmas Day is celebrated for the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. Will you be against lighting Fire ...
  A: I have a few problems with this question. It is not a Bible question, the topic of my category and ...
Who were the wives of Cain and Seth?5/19/2015
  Q: I have recently taken up to reading the Bible and I find it interesting. Who were the wives of Cain ...
  A: Through the first 11 chapters of Genesis we have several genealogies. However, usually only one (or ...
Love your enemies psalm.2/18/2015
  Q: In the Holy Bible - Matthew - 5:43, Love your enemies, Forgive your enemies I have the following ...
  A: This is not so much a question for a Bible expert as it is for a pastor. To answer the second ...
The seventy weeks of Daniel9/1/2014
  Q: I have a question about the seventy weeks of Daniel (9:24-27). I took this passage from Collins ...
  A: First, if you get involved in archaeology, you will find there are no abnormally long building (or ...
Nephilim?5/27/2014
  Q: What do you make of the story of the Nephilim, or sons? of God in Genesis? Sounds like Ancient ...
  A: There is no simple answer to your question. All we have is guesses. The Nephilim are ...
Birth date of Lord Jesus Christ.5/25/2014
  Q: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus We are in the 21st century current year being 2014. As ...
  A: Perhaps your grasp of the English language is not sufficient. The claim which you wrote places the ...
King James Vesion of the Bible12/14/2013
  Q: What is the difference in the Authorized King James version and the King James version of the Bible? ...
  A: "King James Version" is actually not the proper name of this version. Rather, it is the nick-name ...
animals3/28/2013
  Q: I would be glad if I can get the annswer on the followingDid Jesus protected animals? Kind regards ...
  A: Not directly. What you have is the assumption behind some of Jesus' comparisons that you take ...
Miracles of Lord Jesus Christ.3/15/2013
  Q: http:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracles_of_Jesus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiWBMQAqfIY ...
  A: None of these. When Jesus sent his 12 disciples out to preach, they also healed the sick -- ...
Holy Bible Teachings.3/13/2013
  Q: 1. Do you agree on this point mentioned below ? The teachings of the Holy Bible - New Testament ...
  A: Sorry, but those are theological abstractions. The teachings of the New Testament are 1 "I ...
Methodism and Lord's prayer3/4/2013
  Q: I have a question regarding the additional part that the Methodists say "for thine ...
  A: The most commonly used version of the Lord's Prayer is in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 6:9-13 ...
Catholicism and Protestantism.2/18/2013
  Q: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholicism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestantism What are the ...
  A: My area is Biblical Studies, not general theology or church history, so I will answer the Bible part ...
Apostle in India...2/13/2013
  Q: In the Acts of Thomas he is "claimed" to of received the lot to go to India and preach the Word. ...
  A: Short answer -- no one knows for certain. What we do know is that the earliest Christians in ...
Claim that Yahweh/Yeshua are gods copied from Canaanite belief.1/13/2013
  Q: A young man posed this question to me. "Now, care to challenge the fact that a Canaanite God was ...
  A: Yeshua is the Hebrew/Aramaic form of the name of Jesus. In Greek Jesus is indistinguishable ...
the canon10/16/2012
  Q: "From what I have read and of the experts I talked to there IS a big debate that I cant seem to get ...
  A: I am not sure whether you are interested in the New Testament canon -- which is the same for all ...
manuscripts10/12/2012
  Q: I understand a codex is a complete copy of the entire N.T. But what I dont understand is what a ...
  A: First point, the codex and the scroll. A codex is like modern books, multiple leaves bound on ...
codex siniaticus9/23/2012
  Q: 20 years ago i came to believe in christ through a book by Josh McDowell called "Evidence that ...
  A: When these sources say "New Testament manuscripts", I am sure they mean any fragment of a ...
sources of Bible studies7/3/2012
  Q: Could you tell me please (and of course you can...), what sources can I use in order to understand ...
  A: The Problem with the scholarly literature is that it is prone to the same thing as anything else ...
Yahweh1/27/2012
  Q: My desire is to know in depth the history of Yahweh. It all started by reading several translations ...
  A: You ask a very long, involved question, so I will only be able to touch on a few of your points. ...
Asking about the word "light"12/29/2011
  Q: English is not my native language. However, I am writing a song and am concerned about this ...
  A: In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said that we are "the light of the world." Yes, we can be described as ...
Anicent Religion9/13/2011
  Q: Question-1 Why was Noah saved,while rest of the population were destroyed from the flood or ...
  A: The people of the Flood were destroyed because their violence defiled the earth (Gen 6:11-13). Noah ...
KIlling of sinners in the OT9/11/2011
  Q: why, dose the ot talk about stoning people to death for there sins? isnt that un Christian?
  A: Would it be easier simply to make them fall dead at your feet (Acts 5:1-11)? There are various ...
about Jesus...4/2/2011
  Q: I was speaking with a Muslim man a few days ago,and he was telling me that Jesus was not crucified. ...
  A: First, I am not going to respond in detail to your far too extensive "question". Second, I ...
Angels3/14/2011
  Q: I'm looking for a Biblical verse that mentions the existence of Angels. Could you suggest a few that ...
  A: You ask a very broad question, and my answer must be incomplete due to time and space ...
resurrection2/27/2011
  Q: I am presenting the following verses and would like to know if based on them, is it safe to assume ...
  A: The question is whether we should read "breath" as literal in these texts. Is the "breath of ...
Thank you !1/6/2011
  Q: I'm sorry to bother you again. Your answer did help me clear out my confusion to some extent, I was ...
  A: The Trinity is not found in the Bible itself. It is an attempt to understand various New ...
about religion1/3/2011
  Q: I used to wonder about God, so I studied the bible and wondered who wrote it..because some of the ...
  A: I am not a fundamentalist. If you want entertainment value, there are fundamentalists on this ...
Faith12/9/2010
  Q: Are Healing faith and Saving faith are same or different type?
  A: You ask a very broad question. The same word is used for both, "pistis". There is no obvious ...
Hell Question10/27/2010
  Q: I recently read a book called "My Visit to Hell" by Paul Thigpen, which is based on Dante's ...
  A: I am not aware of the existence of the book, so I cannot comment on it. Dante's Inferno is based on ...
Answering Prayers10/21/2010
  Q: Refrence 1 John 3:22 & John 9:31 Does God answer prayers of sinners/unsaved?
  A: Begin with 1 John 1:8-10. Everyone is a sinner (except Jesus). Everyone needs to confess their sins ...
Evil Spirit9/20/2010
  Q: How could an evil spirit come from God as 1Samuel18:10 says?
  A: Short answer: God is ruler over all. That means that He is in control. Nothing good or bad ...
The Prophet Jonah8/7/2010
  Q: Where was Jonah vomitted out of the whale /fish (Jonah 2:10)? Was it on the banks of the ...
  A: As you know, the text of Jonah does not say. However, it is a very long voyage by sea from the ...
ark of the covenant7/12/2010
  Q: Is there any biblical support to place an ark of the covenant in a nondenominational church as ...
  A: No. The Ark of the Covenant last appears in 1 Kings 8 when it is moved into Solomon's Temple. It ...
Jesus7/12/2010
  Q: I have a few questions about the early life of Jesus that I have always wondered about. I'll just ...
  A: 1 Apparently only the Magi (their exact number is not given) could see the star. This means ...
jesus christ6/22/2010
  Q: Where were Jesus christ for the threedays between crusifixation and Resurruction?
  A: The Bible gives us only one direct piece of information. In John 20:17 Jesus states that he has not ...
Matthew 265/26/2010
  Q: Here in verse 15 theres a mention of a person named jeremy. Who is this? If he is ...
  A: First, the easy parts of your question. I assume that you are interested in Matthew 27:9-10. not ...
trinity11/23/2009
  Q: I would like to know if any of the early non-biblical christian writings indicate that they believed ...
  A: This is a bit out of my field, and I am not sure what you mean by "Trinity". The term was first ...
Book of Jasher10/5/2009
  Q: I'd like to thank you for earlier responses to my question re: Jasher. What exactly are your ...
  A: My primary area of scholarship is Bible. I have published in several international scholarly ...
Book of Jasher10/4/2009
  Q: I'm currently leading an adult Bible study on Abraham, and a friend of mine is pressuring me to use ...
  A: The Book of Jasher in the Bible is a lost history book. The Book of Jasher that your friend has ...
Plant of Renown9/26/2009
  Q: In the 34th chapter of Ezekiel , verse 29. The bible says; "And I will raise up for them a plant of ...
  A: The term is a participle for the verb "to plant", which means it can be translated as a noun or ...
new living translation bible9/25/2009
  Q: I used the new living translation bible, at the men's home for bible studies. My question is this ...
  A: The New Living Translation is a good translation. It leans toward Evangelical readings of the ...
the trinity9/19/2009
  Q: why was this trinity only clear after the death of Jesus.since he only spake of the father and ...
  A: Your question is a bit unclear. I assume you want to know what evidence the four Gospels give ...
Romans 1:18b7/28/2009
  Q: Please tell me what is meant in this cited verse? Max Lucado's translation of scripture said ...
  A: It is usually assumed that Lazarus died again -- from old age or as a martyr. The resurrection ...
Total of verses in Mark's gospel7/11/2009
  Q: What conclusion might be drawn from the fact that minus the questionable twelve verses of Mark ...
  A: First, you should know that results vary depending on which ancient manuscript you consult. For ...
propechy of the temple mount6/5/2009
  Q: what is the prophecy concerning the future of the temple mount
  A: I will assume that by "prophecy" you mean "prediction", and that you are interested in events ...
prostitution5/25/2009
  Q: Are prostitutes ever going to stop what their doing?
  A: "They're" (not "their") is the contraction for "they are." Which type of prostitute? The ...
Question4/16/2009
  Q: I have a question, to be clear, not from a legal perspective but your opinion and thoughts both ...
  A: It was brave of you to use yout initial. You don't ask for much, do you? Of course, by opening ...
The book of Job3/15/2009
  Q: Why did God feel like He needed to prove Himself to Satan? How could Job ask for forgiveness for his ...
  A: 1 There are many answers to this question, so I won't try to provide them. It is enough that God ...
Jesus between 12 and 3012/28/2008
  Q: What is the best argument in the Gospels (apart from Luke 2:51-52) that Jesus did not go away ...
  A: This sounds like a trick question. You probably want John 6:42. or maybe Luke 4:23 where Jesus ...
Bible/Christians11/13/2008
  Q: What are the of the verses, of what chapters., of what books, of the Bible; that explains and sheds ...
  A: You ask for too much. I could just tell you to read from Genesis to Revelation. But here is ...
scripture11/3/2008
  Q: Jim, Can you tell me your interpretation on Matthew Chapter 7 when Jesus said "don't throw your ...
  A: Matthew 7:1-5 is about not judging, in rather strong terms. These verses might be interpreted that ...
Egypt history on Exodus10/14/2008
  Q: Where can I find the history of the mass Exodus in the Egyptian history or has it been deleted due ...
  A: The history of the Exodus, of course, is found in the Bible, mostly in the book of Exodus. As far ...
Sojourn9/6/2008
  Q: What's the definition of the word sojourn/sojourner and what's its significance at the turn of the ...
  A: A sojourner is a resident alien -- someone who lives in a place where he or she is not a citizen. ...
Throne and Lamb8/21/2008
  Q: according to Bible Who is sit on the Throne in Revelation 4:10 and who is the lamb in Revelation 5:6 ...
  A: Who sits on the throne? The "Lord God Almighty" Who is the Lamb? "The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, ...
Jesus Contemporary8/7/2008
  Q: Are their any historical or legendary figures who would have existed at the same time as Jesus ...
  A: During the 5th century BC there were potentially several major figures living at the same time ...
I AmThat I Am4/30/2008
  Q: I would appreciate very much if you please inform me wheter the Hebrew words "Eheyeh Asher Eheyeh" ...
  A: Ehyeh is the 1st person singular imperfect form of the verb hayah. The imperfect is usually ...
origin of islamic suffering4/1/2008
  Q: where does the origin of islamic suffering come from
  A: This is well outside of my field (which is Biblical studies), but I can tell you this. The first ...
Virginity10/4/2007
  Q: This is a serious question, I am not a prankster, I have never understood the viginity cloth of the ...
  A: Your understanding is the standard understanding of this verse. One detail -- the Hebrew does not ...
greek translations10/4/2007
  Q: I appreciate you taking the time to answer this question. My question is about the original greek ...
  A: Here are the basic terms. Pistis (noun) and pisteuo (verb) have the basic meaning of "trust", ...
bible quote9/25/2007
  Q: I recently saw a movie where there were several references to a quote from the Latin Bible. I ...
  A: First, you should know that the word "genesis" is not Latin, it's Greek. In the Vulgate (and ...
Christianity8/23/2007
  Q: What are some changes Christianity underwent from its founding and why? Difference in ...
  A: You realize that this is not a Biblical question, although the New Testament is part of your ...
nehemiah 1;67/23/2007
  Q: In Nehemiah 1:6, Nehemiah prays and asks God to forgive the sins of himself AND the sins of his ...
  A: First, most of your question is a theological one, not a Biblical one. I can tell you what ...
Gog and magog battle and armagedon7/16/2007
  Q: Is gog and magog and armagedon the same battles or are they different in time and events?
  A: I assume you are interested in these events within the book of Revelation. Within Revelation ...
Apocrypha6/24/2007
  Q: How can I, as a born-again believer in Christ, convice a Catholic that the Apocrypha books are not ...
  A: There are a few problems with your question. First, the Bible does not hold the same place of ...
Joseph and his coat3/29/2007
  Q: I am about to perform the musical joseph with my class at school, but i would like them to study the ...
  A: The key phrase is "ketonet passim." "Ketonet" is cloak or tunic. "Passim" is unknown. "Coat ...
Dead Sea Scrolls3/12/2007
  Q: I'm having a hard time actually understanding the impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls on the question of ...
  A: I am not sure of your level of expertise, so I will begin with the basics. The Masoretic ...
Early Christians disagree in NT2/17/2007
  Q: Jim, I recall reading in the NT that several of the apostles disagreed on some issues. I can't ...
  A: There are a few controversies among the apostles in the New Testament. The two most important ...
Gnosticism1/14/2007
  Q: I am interested in learning more about Gnosticism but donít know where to start. I now almost ...
  A: Gnosticism is a broad term used by early (orthodox) Christians for certain heretical groups. ...
New Testament times1/10/2007
  Q: What can you tell me about the social stratification of the New Testament Times? Thanks very much!
  A: This is a bit beyond my area of expertise, but the question is also very broad an vague. So, ...
prostitution12/24/2006
  Q: In the old testament some prostitutes and concubines where mentioned. Some had important roles in ...
  A: Prostitutes were despised then as well. That was the point. Proverbs 23:26-28 and 29:3 advise ...
Hebrew Meaning12/21/2006
  Q: In Isaiah 40:22, "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like ...
  A: The word is chug (the "ch" pronounced like in loch or Bach). The cognate verb means "to draw a ...
Middle East Situation11/24/2006
  Q: I overheard an expert on a radio program saying that Iran has already stated it wants to destroy ...
  A: Old Testament law supports a "first strike" action only against pagan nations -- idolators. This ...
Old Covenant11/11/2006
  Q: Do you happen to know if www.OldCovenant.com is really true ? Thanks.
  A: Not a very intelligent site. Let's start with an important detail on the Divorce section. In ...
Biblical Canon/Criticism10/25/2006
  Q: I have recently begun looking at textual and literary criticism. I am interested in studying the ...
  A: On Canon formation I recommend you check out either The Cambridge History of the Bible, vol 1, ...
Bible9/15/2006
  Q: Why the Bible is the Word of God in the words of men?
  A: You need to be more specific -- Jewish, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Anabaptist, other? There ...
Protestant vs. Catholic perspectives8/26/2006
  Q: Protestant vs. Catholic perspectives How can Protestant churches say they believe the Bible ...
  A: As an act of charity I will assume that this question is asked by someone who really wants to know ...
church7/10/2006
  Q: 1 Timothy 3:15 "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in ...
  A: The more natural reading is that the church is the pillar and ground, because "God" is genetive to ...
Ezekial 28:13- in the King...4/18/2006
  Q: Ezekial 28:13- in the King James version the last sentence of the verse says: "the workmanship of ...
  A: Why the confusion? Short answer: the text is difficult, and (in the mind of most scholars) has a ...
Book of Jude3/2/2006
  Q: Jim: I have always been curious about the source that Jude quotes when he talks about Michael the ...
  A: The source for this bit in Jude has not survived. Clement of Alexandria and Origen attribute it to ...
joseph9/16/2004
  Q: I'm writing a story about Joseph and his coloured coat and need answers to the following questions ...
  A: You are correct. The Bible (our only source on these matters) does not answer your questions. We ...

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