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Nora Said:

Where can I find free bible study materials online?

We Answered:

watchtower is not a viable option, stay as far from it as possible

Tammy Said:

Good Christian bible study materials?

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I use a

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible

Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Dictionary-this calls it self a dictionary but it is more like an encyclopedia. and it is cross referenced to major translations KJV,NKJV,NASB,NIV,NRSV,REB

I also use a King James Bible (KJV), the other translations lost a lot of meaning and left out some scriptures.

A lot of people recommend a Thompson Chain Reference study Bible.

You should be able to find these at any Christian book store.

Walter Said:

How can I obtain free bible study materials and cd?

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Call up the Gideons.

Allan Said:

Do any of you know of some sites that offer help with Bible study materials? For prison ministry?

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www.blueleatherbible.com
www.Biblegateway.com

Valerie Said:

are these scriptures, '1cor.14:34-35' , good bible study materials for young Christians?

We Answered:

Not for young Christians but certainly for those who are maturing and want to study deeper!

I was just studying this topic this morning actually...

In 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 we have a statement that appears to be firm in its instruction: “They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.” Is Paul really suggesting that there are aspects of the ritual laws of Moses (as opposed to the moral laws) which the Corinthians ought to observe? This would seem contrary to his suggestions that the ritual aspects of the law were nailed to the cross and cancelled:

“…having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.”
Colossians 2:14

This passage also appears to contradict what he said just a few verses earlier:

“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.”
1 Corinthians 14:26

How can this passage which clearly talks about sisters and includes them among those who will have something to contribute to the assembly of believers then be followed so quickly with a statement that says women cannot speak in the assembly? How could a woman contribute her hymn, instruction, revelation, tongue or interpretation if she was not allowed to speak?

There is one possible explanation which can be applied to this verse and that is Paul’s habit of repeating back to the recipient of the letter aspects of their letters which when put in the midst of the fullness of his teachings makes them appear ridiculous. Is it possible that just as Paul is quoting the Corinthians when he says “everything is permissible” in 1 Corinthians 6:12 and 1 Corinthians 10:23 that he is quoting them in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35?

This seems plausible as the very next verse he gives them something of an admonition:

“Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?”
1 Corinthians 14:36

In the King James Version, the admonition is even stronger starting simply ‘What?’, as if to say ‘are you being ridiculous’? If we consider this a quote back to the Corinthians then not only does it mean we don’t have a problem with the passage just a few verses earlier but we also no longer have Paul referring to the ordinances of the law which he very clearly says were cancelled in Colossians 2:14 (above). It seems that this passage in 1 Corinthians would fit far better if it is understood as part of an admonition by Paul than an instruction by him.

How does that sound? The Bible always makes sense - it's just that sometimes we haven't figured out what that sense is!

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