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As stated in another answer, the first reference to the cleansing of the temple (Mark 15:11-18) forms part of a Markan sandwich in which the outer narrative has Jesus curse a fig tree for not bearing fruit out of season: a. Jesus curses a fig tree. b. The narrative is interupted as Jesus enters the temple and clears it. a'. The first narrative is resumed ...


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Rhetorical imitation Matthew Ryan Hauge (The Biblical Tour of Hell, page 55) says that two recent studies suggest 'Luke' advanced to the early stages of a rhetorical education, which means that he was trained in the art of copying and the complexities of rhetorical composition through mimesis. Whether or not Luke did copy material from Josephus or from any ...


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The native Macedonians would have spoken a dialect of Greek. In normal usage, this would have been Koine Greek, although Attic Greek continued in use for written use by cultured Greeks. Mark Avrum Ehrlich says (Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora, page 9) that in the west - the Greek-speaking Mediterranean world - the Jews wrote and spoke only Greek. James ...



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