An account of the life of Jesus from his baptism to the discovery of his empty tomb. Generally held to be the earliest gospel, written by John Mark, and using Peter as a primary source.

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Whose spirit is willing in Mark 14:38?

Towards the end of Mark 14, Jesus warns Peter to keep watch lest he fall into temptation: Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to Peter, "are you asleep? ...
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Does Mark 5:27-28 contain an allusion to Malachi 4:2?

"Healing in his wings" is described in Malachi 4:2. In Mark’s Gospel, the woman with a "discharge of blood for twenty years" stated her belief that if she touched Jesus’ garment she would be made well....
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Does the New Testament use of Abba to address God signify a more intimate relationship than found in the Tanakh?

Yesterday's sermon at the church we visited was about Father's Day and referenced this passage: And [Jesus] said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not ...
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Jesus accused by his family and by teachers of the law

In Mark 3:20-22, Jesus is accused of being "out of his mind" by his family, and of being "possessed by Beelzebul" by teachers of the law. In his response (v. 23-39), Jesus says "In fact, no one ...
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What is meant by “…all sins and blasphemies will be forgiven them.”

Reading Mark this morning, I came across Mark 3:28: "I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them." I have always been taught that one must confess their sins ...
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What is the “secret of the kingdom”?

In Mark 4, before explaining to his disciples the parable of the sower, Jesus tells them: “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said ...
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Did Jesus call his disciples before or after going to the Capernaum synagogue?

I have a question concerning a potential contradiction in the order of events in Galilee. In Luke 5, Jesus calls his disciples after he heals an impure spirit at the Capernaum synagogue. But in Mark ...
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In Mark 14:33, what do ἐκθαμβέω and ἀδημονέω indicate about Jesus' emotional state?

BDAG defines ἐκθαμβέω like this: ἐκθαμβέω (s. ἔκθαμβος; Orph., Arg. 1217 [tmesis]; PGrenf I 53, 18=Mitt-Wilck. I/2, 131, 18 [IV A.D.]; TestAbr B 13 p. 118, 11 [Stone p. 84]) fut. 3 sg. ...