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Jude

The book of Jude was named after it’s author. Jude (Judas), a common name of the day, was most likely a brother of Jesus. (Mark 6:3). It’s written to all followers of Jesus, as opposed to a specific church, as it the case with the other letters (also called epistles) in the Bible. The book […]

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Biblical References in Jude

As covered a few weeks ago, the book of Jude contains three cryptic references to ancient non-biblical texts.  In addition, Jude also includes references to biblical accounts. The first is in verse 6, where Jude mentions angels who abandoned their role and their home.  This is likely a nod to Genesis 6:1-4, which talks about […]

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Who is Jude?

In the Bible, there is only one mention of a man named Jude.  That lone reference occurs in the opening greeting of the letter that he wrote. However, Jude is a variation of Judas.  Apparently, Judas was a common name two thousand years ago: Judas Iscariot: who betrayed Jesus Judas (not Judas Iscariot): another follower […]

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Jude’s Advice

In Jude’s letter, he warns Jesus’ followers to be on the alert for ungodly people in the church. After detailing their characteristics, Jude tucks in a bit of advice at the end of his letter.  Implicitly, it is his recommendations on how followers of Jesus can avoid being ungodly, offering three prescriptions to promote godliness: […]

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Hey, Jude

The book of Jude in the Bible is a short letter that is tucked in the back, just before Revelation.  Add to this the fact that it is a bit confusing with obscure references.  Plus, Jude meanders his way through his message with many distracting examples and illustrations.  Given all this, it is little wonder […]

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Bel and the Dragon

The Revised Standard Version (RSV), Ethiopian Bible, and original Authorized King James Version (KJV) all include the book Bel and the Dragon, but it isn’t found in most other versions of the Bible. Bel and the Dragon takes place later in Daniel’s life. Having risen to a position of power, and gaining many enemies due […]

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Bible Term: New Testament

The Bible is a book of books, 66 books* altogether, written over a period of hundreds of years by many different authors;. These 66 books are divided into two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The New Testament contains 27 books and cover Jesus‘ life and the work of his followers. It starts […]

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Bible Term: Epistle

Any one of the letters that have been recorded in the New Testament of the Bible. These letters were written by church leaders and sent to various people or churches. Most of the books in the New Testament are, in fact, these letters or epistles; the Apostle Paul is credited with writing many of them. […]

Alphabetical List of the Books of the Bible

The Books of the Old Testament, New Testament , and Apocrypha of the Bible, listed in alphabetical order. (See the list of books in biblical order.) Acts Amos Baruch* Bel and the Dragon* Chronicles (1 & 2) Colossians Corinthians, First Corinthians, Second Daniel Daniel, expanded* Deuteronomy Ecclesiastes Ephesians Esdras, One* Esther Esther, expanded* Exodus Ezekiel […]

The Books of the Bible

The Books of the Old Testament, New Testament, and Apocrypha of the Bible. (See the alphabetical listing of the books of the Bible.) Books in the Old Testament Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges Ruth 1 & 2 Samuel 1& 2 Kings 1 & 2 Chronicles Ezra Nehemiah Esther Job Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes Song […]