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The Struggle For The Papacy
by Wayne Blank
The office of the bishop of Rome was itself often challenged. In the history of the Roman Church, the term antipope is used for a man who usurped or contended for the position of bishop of Rome, and who succeeded, to some degree, for some length of time. There were periods in the history of the Roman papacy that two, and sometimes three, men claimed to be the pope at the same time, each with a substantial religious and political following.
Antipopes came to power under diverse circumstances. Some examples:
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This Week's Bible Quiz
1. Who was older, Moses or Aaron?
2. Was King David the oldest or youngest son in his family?
3. Ephraim and Manasseh became the progenitors of two Tribes Of Israel just like Jacob's actual sons. Were they nephews or grandsons of Jacob?
4. Was the Egyptian woman who raised Moses the sister or daughter of Pharaoh?
5. Was Lot the brother or nephew of Abraham?
6. Who was the firstborn son of Jacob/Israel, whose mother was Leah?
7. Who was the youngest son of Jacob/Israel, whose mother was Rachel?
8. Who was the only daughter of Jacob/Israel?
9. Who was older of the brothers, Isaac or Ishmael?
10. Who was older of the brothers, Jacob or Esau?
For the answers to this May 28 2002 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page
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