Here be dragons?

The Bible contains certain passages that often uses the word 'dragon'. I've always wondered what this means. Are they talking about actual dragons, dinosaurs, serpents, or is 'dragon' used as a metaphor for how evil Satan and demons are?

Jesus & Medicine

Why don't Jesus and the Apostles ever recommend going to a physician? They certainly do not get around to each and every individual, and there are no claims of curing an entire group of people. Are they entirely ignorant or have no faith in ancient medicine? Such a suggestion is included in the Book of Sirach, Ecclesiasticus 38: 1-15. Also in 2 Chronicles 16:12, King Asa resorted to physicians for gangrene. In Mishnah Kiddushin 4:14, the best among physicians are destined for Gehenna.

Why circumcision?

As a visible sign of a covenant with God, men were circumcised - Gen 17:11-14. Why wasn't there a more obvious sign of 'membership'? For example, why not have ears clipped? How often does a man show his penis to others? Wouldn't it be more visible if something else was marked?

The Bible and Incest

During Bible study we read through the Scripture passages about family members having children from family members - one in particular I noticed is Genesis 19:36: "Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father."

The question raised from our Bible study member was this: At what time period, historically, did people realize/consider the health concerns of this and when did it shift to not allowing children with people of one's family? As well as the focus of monogamy vs. polygamy?

Is Pentecost the birthday of the Church?

I heard a Christian podcast arguing the Pentecost is not the birthday of the Church. I couldn't follow the argument and have always been used to hearing that Pentecost IS the birthday of the Church. Can anyone explain? 

Is Pentecost the birthday of the Church?

What is the culturally sensitive way to refer to the Old Testament?

I am aware of the need to refer to the 'old testament' as the Hebrew Bible.  Is it appropriate in writing to refer to the Hebrew Bible as the Hebrew Testament?  I see no references written in that manner but my pastor wants me to use Hebrew Testament in my writing.  thanks.

Dates for Hebrew Scriptures

I am looking for a reliable source to show approximate times for the books of the Hebrew Testament and New Testament to have been written or recorded ... and to compare those dates to historical events ... thanks

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