Questions & Answers – The Bible

Verbs in the Aorist

Could you clarify what it means when verbs are in the aorist? How does that affect the meaning?

Comparing The Everlasting Light and The Dartmouth Bible

Please, could you compare The Everlasting Light with The Dartmouth Bible regarding a complete reading of the Bible? Which is easier and more likely to provide inspiration? (I have got a worn second hand copy of both). My native language is Spanish, I do not read English (in particular, KJV) fluently.

Are the Stories in the Bible True?

Can we take the stories in the Bible, such as Adam and Eve and the apple, Lot and his daughters, Abraham and Isaac, Job, and such stories as true or myths?

The Mount of Olives and Garden of Gethsemane

What is the difference between the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane?

Is Baptism Important?

Why is baptism so important? I'm trying to decide whether or not to be baptized.


What does the Bible say about tattoos?


Does the five husbands have same meaning as the five porches and the five smooth stones?

Aramaic Bible?

We know that, during Jesus' time, what we (Christians) call the OT was the only testament. Seeing that Jesus and his followers basically spoke and, I assume, read Aramaic, I would not think that they used the Septuagint (Greek) version of the Hebrew Scriptures. What was the Aramaic version that they would have been familiar with?

Dead Sea Scrolls

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Scribal Duties

I've always wondered how one was chosen and taught to be a scribe in ancient times. Are the scribes in the Old Testament (like Baruch) similar to the ones that we hear about in the New Testament?


Apparently King Cyrus of Persia was a follower of Zoroastrianism. Yet we hear nothing about that in the Bible. What was Zoroastrianism?

Emperor Worship

How did Emperor Worship come about and did the Emperors really believe they were gods?

Aramaic Language

In the NT, the differences between similar Greek words have been emphasized quite often. But being Jews, did they not speak Aramaic? Wasn't Aramaic a simpler language that used fewer words and one that did not have these differences? Were there 'Jewish connotations' in the words?

Slavery in the Bible

Why didn't Paul and the early Church do more to abolish slavery? After all, it was Paul who said repeatedly that all were equal in Christ. Yet, it appears that he at least condoned slavery — a system whereby people of power had dominion over weaker individuals. It's as though God, Himself, established and sanctioned this world order.

Biblical Resources

I belong to a Bible study group. I'm always looking for new ways to expand my knowledge. What other Bible Internet resources are available?

Bible Translations

I would like to get my husband a Bible translation or a book about the Bible that he can read on the plane, etc.

Biblical Authorship

Is there any DVD or video you know of that addresses the topic "Who wrote the Bible?"

Numbers in the Bible

What is the significance of the various numbers that repeatedly appear in the Bible, i.e. 7, 40, 3, etc.?

CE and BCE

What do BC, AD, CE, and BCE stand for?

Bible Resources

What resources (besides BibleWise) should I be using to expand my horizons?

Divorce and the Bible

Does God's word (The Bible) support a wife divorcing a current husband where there has been no adultery, no physical abuse or other abuse, or any reason for that matter -- the goal being to return to a single status or return to an earlier husband whom she also divorced without biblical cause?


Are there any Bible stories about calming people or relieving stress?

Festival of Weeks

What are festal scrolls and what is the Festival of Weeks?

Do Good to Each Other

Could you point me to scriptures that deal specifically with God's desire for us to help each other?

Study the Bible

Why is it important to study the Bible?


In modern English, what are talents? How can we know what our individual talents are and how to make the best use of them? How can we be sure we are not burying our talents and we are actually improving on them?

The Sabbath

What is the purpose of Sabbath?