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Identification of genre is both simple and profoundly difficult.1 "Genre", by way of definition, is the technical name given to a "literary category". (Note that "genre can be used of other creative productions, but we're interested in texts in BH.SE.) This answer has three main sections: first, on locating a given text within some genre second, on ...


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Mark records the partial healing of the blind man to illustrate Jesus healing of his disciples partial understanding. Though the disciples see that Jesus is the Christ, they see this only in part. Jesus is the Christ but not at all the Christ of their expectations. (Please see this video for a visual breakdown of this answer.) The two-part healing of the ...


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Several techniques that people use to establish literary dependence include: Identical passages of several words or more Unusual or unexpected words matching (especially usages that are idiosyncratic to one of the authors) Overal structure matching Matches in narrative or parenthetical material (this precludes the possibility that both are just quoting the ...


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Mark records that Jesus goes on to say: 43But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. ESV So you could ask "who in the Bible most fits that description?". An argument could be made for Paul or perhaps one of the other apostles, but I do not ...


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There are three common answers to this question today. Real Human Death. John says the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side because when they came to hasten his death they unexpectedly found him already dead. The piercing is thus the soilders way of answering the question, “Has Jesus truly died?” John may have wanted to definitevly answer this question because ...


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The pattern of misunderstanding is charachterized by the following elements: (1) Jesus makes a statement, (2) it is misunderstood and (3) he or the narrator in turn must decipher the meaning of what has been said. The pattern itself suggests its function. In his book the Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel, R. Alan Culpepper notes that the misunderstandings ...


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Some of the most significant aspects of this are "typological," i.e. they refer to a pattern established earlier in Scripture, now fulfilled in Jesus. (Paul reflects the NT handling of the OT in this regard in 1 Cor 10:6, 11, when he refers to Israel's wilderness experience as providing "patterns" for "us"—the word he uses is "tupoi," from which we derive ...


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Verse 9 clarifies that it was a BRONZE serpent that was made, in the NIV. In many other translations ti is also worded as bronze, but in some, as brass.


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The complete record of the birth of Moses has been divided into two parts. Details covering the birth are placed first (Exodus 2:1-10); his genealogy is second (Exodus 6:14-25). Each of the two records serves as a type of introduction to the two primary phases of his life. After his birth Moses lived in Pharaoh’s house as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. After ...


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A MEDICAL ANALOGY In medicine, doctors through the past few centuries have often noticed that some patients come in with the same or similar symptoms as each other. For instance, many patients will come in complaining of a one-sided throbbing headache which is exacerbated by light, noise, and exercise, which often occurs about once a month (sometimes more, ...


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The Apostle John indicates that "eternal life" was made manifest in the flesh (1 Jn 1:2). This manifestation in the flesh was made possible because of the Holy Spirit (Lk 1:35). Thus eternal life was incarnated in human flesh, who was Jesus the Nazarene. As a person, he thus subsisted not only in mortal life (blood), but also in immortal life (water). That ...


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The interviewing of the two narratives provides a comparison between the character of Jesus and that of Peter. This functions in a couple ways: First, by interweaving the two narratives, John puts into sharp contrast Jesus' ability to withstand questioning and Peter's inability. Peter forsakes the truth when questioned even by a servant girl: The other ...


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Two scriptures immediately come to mind. I'm not striving for best answer, so excuse the brevity. 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and you do not ...


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Short Answer: John sees the piercing of Jesus' side as a fulfillment of prophecy about the Christ. He uses this evidence to convince his readers to believe that Jesus was the Christ. In addition, he may have specifically mentioned "water" to pick up on two themes that appear throughout his Gospel: that water is a symbol of the Spirit, and that the Spirit ...



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