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In verse 19 Jesus appears and shows them his hands and his side. Why does he do that? Either he is A) showing them that he no longer has wounds (he is resurrected and healed) or b) he is showing them the wounds are still there as verification that he's not a spirit, etc. Jesus goes, and Thomas comes and the disciples tell him what has happened. What does ...


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The New Testament appears to indicate that after his resurrection, Jesus remained disfigured with the scars from the crucifixion. That is, Thomas would have seen with his eyes the actual nail marks and other disfiguring marks from the crucifixion. For example, in the Emmaus account the disciples had recognized Jesus after his resurrection only after he had ...


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It seems that "they doubted" if it was really Jesus who stood before them. This is why Christ gives them the reassurance of His deity in the following verses. Up to this point, the apostles had had the right example and the right teachings. Now after His crucifixion, He begins to "reassure" them and putting everything into perspective and systematically; ...


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The word “doubt” in the Greek that is used in the Bible is δισταζω - pronounced distazo. The Greek dictionary defines it as ‘to waver, hesitate’ and the modern English dictionary gives its archaic (ancient) meanings as: to fear; be apprehensive about.to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief. A feeling of uncertainty about the ...


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The reconciliation of the four accounts can be understood by knowing the histories of the New Testament gospels. John Dominic Crossan says in The Birth of Christianity, page 109, the theory that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke were actually based on Mark's Gospel is held today by a fairly massive consensus of contemporary critical scholarship. However, ...


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It reminds me of Jesus telling the seventy in Luke 10 to "greet no-one". One could translate Mark 16:8 as "They fled, speaking to no-one". I think that could mean the women went straight to the disciples without speaking to anyone on the way. They were understandably afraid to tell people on the way because it would produce danger with the authorities to ...



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