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Who were the Pharisees?

The Pharisees were a Jewish political party which began in about 140 BC after the Maccabean revolt. After the destruction of the temple in AD 70, the beliefs of the Pharisees became the basis for Rabbinic Judaism from which comes traditional Judaism today. The Pharisees were notable for their conflicts with the rival party of […]

Does Matthew 12:43-45 show that demons are real?

Return of an Unclean Spirit Matt.12:43 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes […]

Who are “the angels that sinned”?

This question refers to two verses: For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment. (2 Peter 2:4) And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, […]

What does “baptised for the dead” mean? (1 Corinthians 15:29)

The following verse has perplexed many Bible readers. It is even the reason why the Mormon church has actually literally conducted baptismal rites for dead people (and in the process created genealogical databases of great use to people researching their family history). For other Christians the verse is simply an enigma… 1 Corinthians 15:29 Otherwise, what […]

How does Satan disguise himself as an angel of light?

And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14) This appears to be one of two references in 2 Corinthians to a Jewish myth circulating in the 1st Century. The original primary source “The Life of Adam and Eve” appears to have been written in Aramaic in the 1st Century […]

Are there any historical accounts of what the ancient Christians taught about the devil/satan?

Early Christians after the 1st century AD typically understood the devil/satan as a supernatural evil being, either a fallen angel or a demon. However, some early Jewish interpreters held a very different view. The famous 18th century Baptist commentator John Gill acknowledged that early Jewish teachers interpreted ‘satan’ as a reference to the natural inclination […]