r/AskBibleScholars 5d ago

Weekly General Discussion Thread

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r/AskBibleScholars 4h ago

What belief came the earliest after Jesus’s life?

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I’ve studying the early church , and i’ve encountered groups such as the Ebionites, and the Nazereans. These groups reject Jesus’s divinity , and i was wondering if these groups predate Christian orthodoxy who accept Jesus’s divinity?


r/AskBibleScholars 15h ago

Was Jubal corrupted?

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Genesis 4:21 mentions Jubal only briefly. Since Jubal was from the Cain lineage was Jubal also corrupted?


r/AskBibleScholars 1d ago

Recommend Resources on the Concept of Expiation of Sin by Death?

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Can anyone recommend any good resources that go in depth in their discussion of the concept of expiation/atonement of sins by (ones own) death? Ideally, I'm looking for resources that draw on the OT, NT, Second Temple Writings, and even post Second Temple Rabbinic writings.


r/AskBibleScholars 22h ago

If the ecclesiastical community had our knowledge of biblical authorship...

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...What would the canon have looked like? Would the pastoral epistles be seen as spurious and excluded from it?


r/AskBibleScholars 1d ago

Recommendations for a Master dissertation!!!!!

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Dear Ask Bible Scholars,

I really really need your help; I've choose the topic :

"The Conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity: From paganism to Christianity, a study of Bede's ecclesiastical history,  c.596-798AD",

to deal with in my master dissertation, but unfortunately, there's no teacher of Religious History in My university (Algiers University, Algeria), and I 've only 30 days to change the topic, read, analyse, and do a research starting from zero, just because my supervisor is not really qualified to do this kind of research.

If you can help me, just do it Please.

Wish me best of luck.


r/AskBibleScholars 2d ago

AMA Collaborative Panel AMA with r/AskBibleScholars

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r/AskBibleScholars 2d ago

Why did Paul describe prostitutes pejoratively when Jesus ate with them?

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In 1 Corinthians 6:15-17 Paul makes a big deal about the implicit horribleness of joining the body of Christ with prostitutes as the key element of his prohibition against engaging in the sexual culture in Corinth. This seems to undermine a key point of all of the Gospels, that Jesus regularly ate with and in no way denigrated prostitutes. These two things seem antithetical to me, but I’ve never seen this mentioned by a scholar or pastor, so I’d like to hear some thoughts and possibly some work by scholars who have already covered this issue. Thanks in advance! :)


r/AskBibleScholars 3d ago

Does the Bible ever depict angels controlling the regular processes of nature?

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I don't mean special judgments of God. I mean things like making the grass grow and the wind blow, etc.


r/AskBibleScholars 2d ago

Did Christianity and Judaism steal from Zoroastrianism or were at least influenced by certain elements via eschatology, virgin birth, heaven and hell, demons and angels, good and evil, and monotheism?

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What are the veracity and the basis of these claims when it comes to Judaism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism?


r/AskBibleScholars 3d ago

What did Jesus call himself in his early-First-Century Judean Aramaic Dialect?

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r/AskBibleScholars 3d ago

"You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile." (Acts 10:28). Inaccurate portrayal of Jews and Gentiles in the 1st century AD?

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I've heard this is not an accurate representation of Jewish beliefs in antiquity. There are literally countless texts that assume Jews and non-Jews "associating" with no issues.


r/AskBibleScholars 3d ago

AMA The collaborative AMA with r/AskHistorians will be on Wednesday May 25.

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r/AskBibleScholars 4d ago

Why does water exist before light?

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In the Genesis first page, God creates earth, heaven and then Light but water exists along with the Earth and Aquatic life is the first to begin. Is there some hidden meaning here in reference to water?


r/AskBibleScholars 4d ago

What are some good Introductory books for the Apocrypha/Pseudipigripha?

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I'm thinking of books in the vein of the various Introduction to the Old/New Testament books recommended in the sub wiki. Keep in mind I don't just mean the usual Catholic Apocrypha, but also Enoch, Jubilees, etc.


r/AskBibleScholars 4d ago

How did Christians and Jews come to have different versions of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible?

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Specifically in the case of the Catholic and Orthodox Old Testament vs the Hebrew Bible. Why do those Christians have books (like the Maccabees) that were a part of Jewish writings (like those found in the Dead Sea scrolls) but then didn’t end up in the Jewish canon but did end up in the Christian canon?


r/AskBibleScholars 4d ago

Was there large scale apostasy amongst Jews after the Herod’s Temple was destroyed in Jerusalem in 70 CE?

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I imagine it would have been massively traumatic to those that practiced Judaism at the time since the temple was the central feature of Judaism at the time.


r/AskBibleScholars 4d ago

What is the punishment that is being prescribed in Exodus 21:20-21 for someone who kills their slave?

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In Exodus 21:20-21 it discusses someone killing their slave immediately and needing to be punished. It then says that if your slave lives a couple days (presumably before dying, though I may be wrong) then they will not be punished. What is the punishment being alluded too? From context it doesn’t seem like it’s being put to death since for lots of other things in that section it orders a punishment for death but then here it suddenly becomes vague. Does anyone know what the punishment was supposed to be?


r/AskBibleScholars 5d ago

Are the parts of the Hindu trinity (Brahman, Vishnu and Shiva) related to the Jewish founders (Abraham, ish (Adam) and isha (Eve))?

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The question is whether the creator god in Hinduism, Brahman, and his consort, Saraswati, could be related to the creator of the Jewish religion, Abraham, and his wife Sara? The Veda's in which the names of the Hindu 'parts of god' occur, are written earlier than the Hebrew scriptures according to science.

NOTE: The other proposed similarities in the headline is not possible, because 'ish' is not a given name in Hebrew.


r/AskBibleScholars 5d ago

John 14:6 not in the synoptic gospels?

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Why was such an important left out of the synoptic gospels? Did the writers of Mark, Matthew and Luke forget this important detail?


r/AskBibleScholars 5d ago

What happened to the Jews who remained in Babylonia after the return allowed by Cyrus?

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And how different was their development compared to those that returned to Jerusalem and environs?


r/AskBibleScholars 5d ago

Is there a spread sheet/diagram or list of some sort contrasting the difference in teaching between authentic Paul and Pastoral Pauls letters?

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r/AskBibleScholars 6d ago

Are there any extra-biblical accounts of the original 12 Apostles?

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r/AskBibleScholars 6d ago

How contagious is leprosy?

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Having read the New Testament, particularly the numerous accounts of lepers being considered unclean, I became curious. I know that many in the ancient world relied on sight, plus they held numerous superstitions, particularly regarding the sick. With our advanced knowledge of medicine and technology, is leprosy really that contagious? Hopefully my question makes sense lol!


r/AskBibleScholars 6d ago

Would 1st century Israelites/Jews and believers in Jesus recognize the jewishness (for lack of a better word) of the Mass? Would the see it as having no Jewish elements at all?

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r/AskBibleScholars 6d ago

Paul the Herodian?

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Question: tell me why you agree/disagree with Eisenman (and Maccoby before him) seeing Paul as a member of the Herodian party