Bible Specifics

From unclear passages to cultural traditions to denominational preferences, there are some things about the Bible that need clarification. Got Questions delves into the murky depths of Bible specifics.

Day One: Facts & Stats
Numbers, stats, and interesting facts. Like baseball but with more words...
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Day Two: Things Not in any Concordance
As believers, we know we are to study the Bible, memorize it, and obey it. But does the Bible say what we think it says? The truth is, there are several phrases that sound like they come from the Bible, but do not...
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Day Three: The Warning of Revelation 22:18-19
Revelation 22:18-19 contains a warning to anyone who tampers with the biblical text...The question is whether these verses refer to the whole Bible or just the Book of Revelation...
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Day Four: The Promises of God
There are many, many promises of God in Scripture. In each promise, God pledges that something will (or will not) be done or given or come to pass. These are not flippant, casual promises such as we often make; these promises of God are rock-solid, unequivocal commitments made by God Himself...
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Day Five: The Sword of the Spirit
The phrase "sword of the Spirit" is found only once in Scripture, in Ephesians 6:17. The sword is one of the pieces of spiritual armor Paul tells the Ephesian Christians to put on as part of the "full armor of God" that will enable us to stand our ground against evil...
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Day Six: The Rhema Word
There are two primary Greek words that describe Scripture which are translated "word" in the New Testament. The first, logos, refers principally to the total inspired Word of God and to Jesus, who is the living Word...Rhema literally means an utterance...
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Day Seven: The Word of God — Jesus or the Bible
The phrase "word of God" appears often in the Bible and can have a slightly different meaning depending on context and the Hebrew or Greek word used...
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Day Eight: LORD, GOD, Lord, and God
It can be very confusing to understand how the different titles used for God are used in the Bible. Part of the problem is that different Bible translations use the terms somewhat differently...
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Day Nine: The Majestic Plural
The majestic plural, also called the royal plural, is the use of a plural word (such as the pronoun we or us) to refer to a single person. As a type of nosism, the majestic plural emphasizes something or honors someone in a stylistic way...
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Day Ten: Number Seven
Throughout the Bible, God often gives symbolic significance to mundane items or concepts...The first use of the number 7 in the Bible relates to the creation week in Genesis 1. God spends six days creating the heavens and the earth, and then rests on the seventh day...
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Day Eleven: Godly Pronouns
Many people struggle with this question. Some, believing it shows reverence for God, capitalize all pronouns that refer to God. Others, believing the "rules" of English style should be followed, do not capitalize the deity pronouns. So, who is right?...
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Day Twelve: Standing on Ceremony
In Nehemiah 8:5, the priest Ezra gathered the people who had rebuilt Jerusalem's wall for the reading of God's law: "Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up"...
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Day Thirteen: Disposing of a Ruined Bible
There is no "biblical" way to dispose of an old/damaged/ruined Bible, as the Bible itself does not address this question. It is, therefore, a matter of personal conviction...
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Published 11-4-15