In reference to this comment on Area 51:

@AChildofGod Ah yes, sorry; that was a no to "Bible Answers" too. Incidentally, if you're looking for more of fact book for answers about the bible as a work of literature (as your example questions seem to suggest), we do have a site for Literature where such questions properly phrased would be perfectly on topic. – Robert Cartaino♦ 1 hour ago

would questions about the Bible be on topic on this site?

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    While I was originally writing up an answer to this question, I've come to the conclusion that it's too broad as written to be properly addressed. There are a host of lenses that can be applied to the Bible, and the distinctions between them are rather stark. I think the topicality is going to depend very much on the question being asked. This isn't a "no," but I don't think it's a strict "yes," either. Did you have a specific question in mind that you wanted to ask? If so, editing that into the question might give us a better sense of what you want and need.
    – user80
    Commented Jun 9, 2017 at 20:23
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    If you do revise this question to ask about a particular question you want to ask, as @Emrakul recommended, consider using the specific-question tag if appropriate.
    – Shokhet
    Commented Jun 9, 2017 at 20:28
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    @Emrakul I can understand that this question makes you apprehensive, having been through this myself, but I cannot find any reason why this question could possibly be considered too broad. Obviously the fact that a question is about topic X does not determine whether a question is good, that depends on the question being asked. But this meta question is about whether topic X (namely, the Bible) is on-topic. This is perfectly standard for a meta question. Commented Jun 9, 2017 at 20:46
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    Given that we consider scientific papers to be on-topic, it would be hard to argue against religious texts being on-topic. Commented Jun 9, 2017 at 20:51
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    Please see Should we allow questions about religious texts? TL; DR: yes, but when asking about literary aspects (whatever that means). There are sites like Christianity, Mi Yodeya, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam that will provide better answers about the theological aspects. Commented Jun 9, 2017 at 21:14
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    To answer the question: yes, a question about the bible would be on-topic, go ahead and ask it. I'm looking forward to the question :)
    – user111
    Commented Jun 9, 2017 at 23:38
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    Agreed with @Gilles on both counts: we should reopen this question and then close it as a dupe of the existing question about religious texts. But short answer: YES, the Bible is on-topic (although naturally some questions about it wouldn't be). We even have a tag for it and a few questions about it none of which have been closed.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jun 10, 2017 at 11:29


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