The life of Jesus as presented by Matthew. The gospel covers His virginal birth to His death and resurrection. Matthew also presents Jesus as the Lion of Judah and the fulfillment of prophecy. It is placed first in the New Testament because many of the early church leaders believed it to be the ...

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What does Jesus mean by “vain repetition” or “babbling” in Matthew 6:7?

What ancient tradition of prayer is Jesus critical of in Matthew 6:7? In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. (NABRE) But ...
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Does Jesus mean a branch when he says sword in Matthew 10.34? [on hold]

Was Jesus figuratively speaking of a branch in Matthew 10.34 referring to Deuteronomy 20.10 to make peace with nations far off? Matthew 10.34 "Do not think I come to send peace, I come not to send ...
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What is the correct interpretation of Matthew 7:6?

6“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. ESV Popular interpretations of this verse do not seem to fit ...
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What is really being said in Mathew 6:22-23

22“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light ...
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The Potter's field reference in Matthew 27:9-10

Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, 10 ...
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Plural declension of οὐρανός in Matt. 16:18 v. singular declension of οὐρανός in Matt. 18:18

In Matt. 16:19 where the Lord Jesus Christ bestows the keys of the kingdom of Heaven upon the apostle Peter, the Greek text uses the plural declension of οὐρανός, as follows: καὶ δώσω σοι τὰς ...
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In Matt. 26:28, should πολλῶν be translated as [for] “many” or “the masses”?

Is the translation “the many” in verses such as the following an accurate translation of the Greek word πολλῶν? 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the ...
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What is the framework for the structure of the Sermon on the Mount?

Is there any framework for the structure of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 that we are aware of, or is it just a collected sermon, or portions of sermons from Jesus Christ's ministry on earth? ...
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Does the adulterer in Matthew 5:32 cause the spouse to commit adultery or make her a victim of adultery?

What exactly was Jesus saying in Matthew 5:32? Matthew 5:32 (NKJV) But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and ...
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Matthew 1:20 - word order and translation

The text of Matthew 1:20b in the UBS4 reads: τὸ γὰρ ἐν αὐτῇ γεννηθὲν ἐκ πνεύματός ἐστιν ἁγίου. In the ESV, it is rendered: for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. What is ...
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Luke 21:33: How can heaven pass away, when the Lord's prayer states: “Our Father who art in Heaven”?

How can heaven pass away, when the Lord's prayer states: "Our Father who art in Heaven"? Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
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Are Matthew 4:17 and 16:21 intended to provide structure to the gospel?

In the Gospel of Matthew there are two lines that seem to suggest a transition in Jesus' ministry and perhaps add some sort of structure to the gospel as a whole. The first is in 4:17 after Jesus ...
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'In all the world' - are Matthew 24:14 & Colossians 1:6 talking about the same scope?

"This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come." - Matthew 24:14 (HCSB) καὶ κηρυχθήσεται τοῦτο τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς ...
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Was Barabbas' given name Jesus?

The ESV is typical in it's rendering of Barabbas' name: Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. And they had then a notorious ...
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Who is Matthew's intended audience for the Sermon on the Mount?

On another question, I've received several answers to the effect that the ethical teachings of the Sermon on the Mount aren't terribly relevant to Christians— that they were given to people ...
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Is “sisters” in Matthew 13:56 ambiguous?

This question specifically deals with the Catholic doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary. Matthew 13:55-56 reads: Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon ...
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Might “son of Barachiah” be a scribal addition in Matthew 23:35?

The apparently confused identification of "Zechariah the son of Barachiah" in Matthew 23:35 is well known.* Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and ...
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What did Jesus mean by “be perfect” in the Sermon on the Mount?

I asked this on the Christianity Stack Exchange site, and they told me it would be better here. So I here I am asking it... Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is ...
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Does the Holy Spirit have a name

Does the Holy Spirit have a name? In Matthew 28:18-19 says: 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all ...
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What does 'Salt of the Earth' mean?

"You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless." - Matthew 5:13 (NLT) ...
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What did Jesus mean by 'fool' in Matthew 5:22?

What did Jesus mean when He said that people run the risk of ending up in hell if they call other people a fool: “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject ...
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Did Jesus teach people to literally pluck their eye out and cut their hand off?

The passage from the Sermon on the Mount (and see also Matthew 18:8-9) is a familiar one: "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at ...
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How is Jesus with us when two or three are gathered, if he is still hanging out in the clouds? [closed]

Matthew 18:20 makes it sound like he's here with us: For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 makes it sound like he's not ...
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Matthew 27:38 Are they 2 thieves, 2 rebels or 2 criminals

Inspired by this question I went to check up some translations and to my surprise there are many versions. For example, in the Gods word translation the verse reads: At that time they crucified two ...
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What is the source for Rahab's husband in Mathew 1?

In the Talmud, Megillah 14b, it mentions towards the end1 that Joshua married Rachav and that Joshua never had sons, but only daughters: דאיגיירא ונסבה יהושע ומי הוו ליה זרעא ליהושע והכתיב (דברי ...
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Parable of the sower, the seed which fell on stony places?

In Matthew 13, concerning the parable of the sower, Matthew says: Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. ...
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What species of flower might Jesus have been referring to when he said, “Consider the lilies”?

When Jesus spoke of 'wheat and weeds' we understand the species of weed he was likely referring to was a poisonous look-alike to wheat. That is very significant! In a personal project I am doing, I ...
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Do Idioms Used in the Crucifixion Narrative Resolve the “3 Day/3 Night” Objections?

Matthew 12:40 quotes the Messiah saying that He would be in the "heart of the earth" for 3 days and 3 nights. I think the majority of folks believe that the crucifixion took place on the 6th day of ...
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Pineal gland reference?

Matthew 6:22-James Version 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Is this referring to the Pineal gland? There are 3 things ...
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Why did the bystanders at the cross misunderstand Jesus in Matthew 27:46-47?

There's a (to me) peculiar passage in the passion account of Matthew. Matthew 27:46-47 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus ...
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Was the “abomination of desolation” Caligula's proposed statue in the Temple?

In Mark 13:14 (and similarly in Matthew 24:15) Jesus is reported as saying: "When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then ...
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What is the socio-historical significance of the “cup of cold water” in Matthew 10:42

In Matthew 10:40-42, Jesus identifies himself with his disciples and lays some expectations for how he expects them to be treated. I'm curious, though, about the the significance of his "cup of cold ...
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Who is the prophet in Matthew 1:22?

I have a feeling that Isaiah is the prophet mentioned in Matthew 1:22. There is no reference to who this prophet is for some unknown reason. Does anyone have any info or deniable proof to this. Is ...
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Is loving your neighbour more than yourself allowed?

Someone just came to me arguing that the second of the biggest commandments is also a commandment to love oneself. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. ...
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Matthew 17:20: Unbelief or Little Faith?

"So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and ...
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What does “on earth as it is in heaven” cover?

The first three subprayers of the Lord's Prayer are: "Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:9-10; Luke 11:2). I have always assumed that ...
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Why does Matthew include these women in Jesus' genealogy?

One of the unique features of Jesus genealogy in the book of Matthew is the inclusion of four women, not counting Mary. Matthew 1:3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar ...
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Does gēs in Matthew 24:30 refer to all the earth, or a particular location?

Matthew 24:30 (ESV), a part of the Olivet Discourse, reads: Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man ...
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Does “the church” in Matthew 18:17 refer to the whole assembly?

In Matthew 18:17, Jesus' instructions on the brother who sins reach a climax: If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to ...
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Meaning of the Parable of the Sower

Matthew 13:1-23 recounts the Parable of the Sower. This is one that I've heard a number of times in a number of sermons and books. It must have some ambiguity as it's interpretation by pastors and ...
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Did Judas repent or feel remorse?

Matthew 27:3 NIV - When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. ...
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Jesus's genealogy: 28 generations or 41 since David?

These questions keep me wondering: Firstly, how is it possible that Matthew and Luke came up with completely different genealogies of Jesus ancestors, if they are both following the masculine line? ...
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What does it mean that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist?

Matthew 11:11 (KJV): Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is ...
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Who are the Sheep and the Goats in Matthew 25?

In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus tells this parable. When the Son of Man comes… All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates ...
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Matthew 11:13: “prophesied untill John” - No prophesies after John the Baptist?

For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John (KJV, Matthew 11:13) It looks like the phrase "until John" marks a special watermark here as if either there would be no more prophesies ...
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Why Were there 12 Baskets of Leftovers when feeding 5000?

Mathew 14:16-20 (NIV) says: 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring ...
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What is meant by “inherit the earth”?

What is meant by "[X] shall inherit the earth"? This phrase is found countless times in the scripture (cf. Psalm 37:11, Matthew 5:5), but should this be interpreted as a physical possession of land? ...
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Was washing one's hands to show innocence, as Pilate did, a common ritual in the Roman Empire?

In Matthew 27:24, Pilate washed his hands because he couldn't find any guilt in Jesus while he condemned Him to the cross. So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot ...
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Why did Rachel weep for her children?

We all know the famous, dark side of Christmas: When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity ...
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What does Mt 10:5-7 tell us exactly?

In the text "Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of Samaritans enter not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." does Christ place restrictions on the preaching of ...