The Bible Pages, key-word index, section Cornelius to Cyrus
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Section Cornelius to Cyrus (the other sections → key00.htm)
Cornelius – Cornelius with his family (Acts 10) were the first gentiles (non-Israelites) to receive the Holy Spirit in New Testament times.
- Is Jesus a “capstone on top of a pyramid”, as some say? Or is he, as several bible-passages say, the main corner-stone of the foundation of God’s spiritual dwelling? → naa050.htm
- The word “capstone” does not appear in the 1769 King James version. Some other translations have the word “capstone” or “top-stone” in Zechariah 4:7, but it is obvious that that passage refers to the laying of the main foundation stone of a temple. → naa050.htm
COV (A bible-translation.) → nsa090.htm
Covenant, covenants (the two covenants, old and new)
- The English word “covenant” comes via French (covenir) from the Latin word convenire (convenio) which meant “to come together”, and from that, idiomatically, “to come to an agreement”. In short: The word “covenant” means “an agreement between two or more parties”.
- In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for “covenant” is beriyth. That noun means “an alliance”, “a treaty”, “a pledge”, “an agreement”. The Greek Septuagint version (LXX) translates the Hebrew beriyth as diathêkê. Also in the New Testament, the relevant Greek word is diathêkê (from the verb diatithêmi, which among other things meant “to arrange mutually”, “to make a covenant”).
- Many bible-versions are not consistent but translate the words beriyth and diathêkê in different ways, sometimes as “covenant” and sometimes as “testament”.
- The phrases “Old Testament” and “New Testament” are mistranslations which came into existence along with the Catholic, Latin Vulgate version. The more correct translations are “Old Covenant” and “New Covenant”. For more on this, look under the heading “Testament”.
- Articles related to the matter of the two covenants, old and new:
- The New Covenant versus the Old Covenant. Also, some notes on Matthew 5:17–18 and 19–20. → nca010.htm
- Some notes on the two covenants, old and new. → nca020.htm
- The Old Testament: What is the difference between “charges”, “commandments”, “decrees”, “judgments”, “law”, “ordinances”, “precepts” and “statutes”? → nca030.htm
- The New Covenant’s bread and wine, versus the Old Covenant’s Passover. → nca040.htm
- On the Decalogue, “the words of the covenant, the ten words”. → nca050.htm
- Where can one find the rules of the New Covenant, in written form? → nca060.htm
- Covenant signs, including the sign of the New Covenant which shows who are God’s people. → nca070.htm
- On Galatians 3:17–19 and what the apostle Paul meant by “added law”. → nca080.htm
- The New Covenant is indeed something new, and not a “renewal” or “modification” of the Old Covenant. → nca090.htm
- Some notes on the phrases “not under law but under grace” and “released from the law”. → nca100.htm
- Many talk about “the spirit of the law” versus “the letter of the law”, but those expressions are not found in the Bible. On the meaning of the phrases “the Spirit” and “the letter” in 2 Corinthians 3:6–8 and Romans 7:6. → nca110.htm
- On 1 John 3:4 and its translation and meaning. → nca120.htm
- On the word olam in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. Many bible-versions render it in ways that make it seem that the Old Covenant was to be “everlasting”, but that is not correct. → nca130.htm
- Acts 15 and the matter of the two covenants, old and new. → noa040.htm
- What does the word “righteous” really mean? What does the Bible say about righteousness? → nga080.htm
- Worshipping God. What does the Bible say about worship, in connection with the New Covenant? → naa040.htm
- What does the word “faith” mean? What is true faith? → nba091.htm
- Does the New Covenant have “food rules” of the kind the Old Covenant had? → nha010.htm
- The apostle Paul and his teachings. → noa110.htm
- Colossians 2:16–17, “let no man therefore judge you”. What was the apostle Paul really talking about? → noa070.htm
- Regarding the Old Covenant’s high days, including its weekly day of rest, the Sabbath, look under the heading “High days”.
- Other “covenant-related” articles:
- Mount Sinai where the Old Covenant was made: Where was it really located? → noa060.htm
- Regarding certain Anglo-Israelist dogmas:
- Miles (Myles) Coverdale, an Englishman, circa 1488–1569, produced an English bible-translation, “the Coverdale Bible” which was published in 1535. (Apparently, the first complete printed translation of the Bible into the English language.)
Creation – On the “new creation” of 2 Corinthians 5:17. → nba050.htm
- The word “creed” comes from the Latin verb credo which had many different uses and meanings, such as “to loan”, “to borrow”, “to trust”, “to believe”, “to suppose” and so on.
- In the “Christian world”, the word “creed” is used in the meaning “an article or statement of belief”, which is to say, a set of doctrines compiled by some church or preacher.
- (The word “doctrine” comes from Latin and means “teaching”. → nsa080.htm)
- Churches and preachers create doctrines and compile them into creeds, and demand that people must accept them as “truth”, without questioning anything. Does the Bible endorse that practice? → nsa080.htm
- Look also under the headings “Doctrines” and “Faith”.
- Where English translations of the New Testament have “cross” or “crucify”, the Greek NT text has stauros respectively stauroô. (Apparently, the noun stauros normally referred to an upright pole or stake. But, we have no way of knowing how the stake on which Jesus was crucified, was actually constructed. It might have had a cross-bar, but it could also be that it was a simple pole. The form of that tree-construction lacks significance for us. However, see these notes:
- When the cross is after the Catholic manner used as a symbol, it probably refers to something else. It is said that it was the emperor Constantine who launched the cross as a sign for his “new” religion (which consisted of Mithras-worship masqueraded as “Christianity”). – Look under the heading “Constantine”.
- Look also under the heading “INRI”.
- Colossians 2:14 mentions the cross – “blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross”. Exactly what does that mean and refer to? → noa070.htm
- The Exodus: Did the Israelites cross over the Red Sea by the Gulf of Suez, or by the Gulf of Aqaba? Or, was it some “reed sea” they went over, as some say? → noa060.htm
- The crossing over of the river Jordan. → (noa060.htm)
- God had a secret. Had the wicked rulers of this world known it, they would not have crucified Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:6–8). → nda060.htm
- Paul to the saints in Galatia: “Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24). → nba050.htm
- Look also above, under the heading “Cross”.
CT (A bible-translation.) → nsa090.htm
- The English word “cult” comes from the Latin cultus which, among many other things, meant “honouring”, “reverence”, “adoration”, “veneration”.
- Today, the word “cult” is normally used as a reference to the followers of any “non-mainstream” church or religion (who often are kept under the sway and control of a charismatic preacher).
- However, many churches and preachers (even cultish ones) simply use such words as “cult” and “sect” as by-names of competing churches.
- Look also under the heading “Sect”.
Curse, cursed, cursing
- Matthew 23:13, “But a curse is on you, scribes and Pharisees, false ones! because you are shutting the kingdom of heaven against men”. → noa120.htm
- Galatians 3:10, “for as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse”. → (nca080.htm)
- For more, see the other parts of this multi-page index, or use the search function.
- The sanctuaries in ancient Israel (the tabernacle and the temple) had a thick curtain which separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the sanctuary. In some bible-translations, that curtain is called “veil”.
- The Mediterranean island Cyprus is mentioned in a few passages in the book of Acts. Barnabas came from Cyprus. Stephen travelled to Cyprus. The apostle Paul visited that island.
- Cyrus the king of Persia is mentioned in 19 bible-passages, from 2 Chronicles 36:22 to Daniel 10:1. The name in the Hebrew and Aramaic texts is Koresh.
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