Synoptic Gospels

Synoptic Gospels The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are referred to as the Synoptic Gospels because they include many of the same stories, often in a similar sequence and in similar or sometimes identical wording. They stand in contrast to John, whose content is largely distinct. The term synoptic (Latin: synopticus) comes via Latin from the Greek σύνοψις, synopsis, i.e. “(a) seeing...

Deuterocanonical Books

What Are The Deuterocanonical Books? The deuterocanonical books are books and passages considered by the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church to be canonical books of the Old Testament but which are considered non-canonical by Protestant denominations. They are books from the Septuagint, the standard translation of the Hebrew Bible...

List of Gospels

List of Gospels A gospel (a contraction of Old English god spel meaning “good news/glad tidings (of the kingdom of God)”, comparable to Greek εὐαγγέλιον, evangelion)[1] is a written account of the career and teachings of Jesus.[2] The term originally meant the Christian message itself, but in the second century, it came to be used for...

Historicity of the Bible

Historicity of the Bible The historicity of the Bible is the question of the Bible’s “acceptability as a history”.[1] This can be extended to the question of the Christian New Testament as an accurate record of the historical Jesus and the Apostolic Age. When examining the books of the Bible, scholars...

Exorcism in Christianity

Exorcism in Christianity Exorcism in Christianity is the practice of casting out demons from a person they are believed to have possessed. The person performing the exorcism, known as an exorcist, is often a member of the Christian Church, or an individual thought to be graced with special powers or...

Resurrection of the Dead

Resurrection of the Dead Resurrection of the dead, or resurrection from the dead (“standing up again of the dead”) is used in the doctrine and theology of various religions to describe an event by which a person, or people are resurrected (brought back to life). Various forms of this concept can...

Gospel in Islam

Gospel in Islam Injil (إنجيل‎, Injeel) is the Arabic name for the Gospel of Jesus (Isa). This Injil is described by the Qur’an as one of the four Islamic holy books which was revealed by God, the others being the Zabur (possibly the Psalms), the Tawrat (the Torah), and the Qur’an itself. The...

Christianity

Christianity

What Is Christianity? Christianity[note 1][2] is a monotheistic Abrahamic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Its adherents, known as Christians, believe Jesus is the Son of God and savior of humanity, whose coming as the Messiah (Christ) was prophesied in the Old Testament of the Bible, and chronicled in the New Testament.[3] Christianity began as a Second Temple Judaic sect in...

Gospel of John

Gospel of John The Gospel of John is the fourth of the canonical gospels.[1][Notes 1] The work is anonymous, although it identifies an unnamed “disciple whom Jesus loved” as the source of its traditions.[2] It is closely related in style and content to the three Johannine epistles, and most scholars treat the four...

Nag Hammadi Library

Nag Hammadi Library The Nag Hammadi library (also known as the “Chenoboskion Manuscripts” and the “Gnostic Gospels”) is a collection of early Christian and Gnostic texts discovered near the Upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945. Thirteen leather-bound papyrus codices buried in a sealed jar were found by a local farmer named Muhammed...

Gratitude to God in The Old Testament

Gratitude to God in The Old Testament Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. (Ecclesiastes, 5:19) Sing to the Lord, you saints of His; praise His holy...

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Submission to God in The Old Testament

Submission to God in The Old Testament The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. (Psalms, 28:7) Those who trust in the Lord… which can not be shaken but endures forever. (Psalms, 125:1) He said: “The Lord is my strength, my...

Obedience to God’s Commandments

Obedience to God’s Commandments in The Old Testament So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live...

Destiny in The Old Testament

Destiny in The Old Testament Timelessness and Belief in Destiny For a thousand years in Your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (Psalms, 90:4) I thought in my heart, “God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the...

Belief in Angels in The Old Testament

Belief in Angels in The Old Testament For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread up on the lion and the...

Belief In the Hereafter According to The Old Testament

Belief In the Hereafter According to The Old Testament Resurrection Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel, 12:2) “And you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you...

Messianic Secret

Messianic Secret In biblical criticism, the Messianic Secret refers to a motif primarily in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus is portrayed as commanding his followers to maintain silence about his Messianic mission. Attention was first drawn to this motif in 1901 by William Wrede. Part of Wrede’s theory involved statements in the New Testament by Jesus to...

New Testament Apocrypha

New Testament Apocrypha The New Testament apocrypha (singular apocryphon) are a number of writings by early Christians that give accounts of Jesus and his teachings, the nature of God, or the teachings of his apostles and of their lives. Some of these writings have been cited as scripture by early Christians, but since the fifth century a widespread consensus has...

Gospel of Luke

Gospel of Luke The Gospel According to Luke, also called the Gospel of Luke, or simply Luke, is the third of the four canonical Gospels.[2] It tells of the origins, birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.[3] Luke is the longest of the four gospels and the longest book in the...

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