Questions & Answers – Early Christianity

Docetic Passion

I would appreciate it if you could answer a few questions for me. Firstly, what do the Raggs mean by Docetic Passion?

What if the revolt of 70 CE hadn't happened?

Might Christianity be different, less Pauline, if the revolt of 70 CE hadn't taken place and the Jerusalem church had a stronger voice?

The Council of Nine

Thank you for taking the time to review my question. Is the council of nine GOD and the first eight archangels? I know that Michael was the first Archangel created.

Christians and the Torah or Law

I've been trying to come to a better understanding of what Paul meant when he wrote, "Christians were not under the Torah!" (Romans 6:14, 15) Didn't Jesus say, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them?" (Matt. 15:17) Because God gave the Torah or the law, how can any human make it void? Hebrews 10:28 states, "Anyone who rejected the Law of Moses died without mercy, on the testimony of two or three witnesses." So why are Christians not subject to the law in all its forms?

Jewish Calendar

I would like to know if Hillel 2nd might have had any part in advocating for the pagan month names in his calendar in addition to the exiles. Thanks.

Arian Controversy

What was the Arian Controversy all about?


At one point, the apostle Thomas stated he wouldn't believe in Jesus' resurrection until he had put his fingers in the marks on his hands, and his hand in the wound on his side. I've heard that through the centuries other people have borne the marks of Jesus' crucifixion. What can you tell us about that?

Jewish Calendar

I'm interested in knowing more about the Jewish calendar. How are festival days chosen? Does it correspond to the Gregorian calendar?

The Reformation

What role did Luther play in the Reformation and in the decisions about the Apocrypha that were made at that time?


I've seen the term "Marcionism" in various writings. I know it was some kind of heresy, but what else can you tell me about it?

Boiled in Oil

Please tell me where I can find in the Bible that John was boiled in oil. (Some research suggests John was boiled in oil twice and didn't die. He was later exiled to the island of Patmos.)

Council at Chalcedon

We want to know about the Council at Chalcedon that met in (A.D. 451)

The Nicene Council

I'd like to have some good unbiased information about the Nicene Council that took place around 300 AD. What were the two opposing views, why the controversy, and what was the result?