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comment Why does Matthew include these women in Jesus' genealogy?
@JoshuaBigbee I think Sarah would fall into the category you have defined. But she isn't mentioned.
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comment Why does Matthew include these women in Jesus' genealogy?
Why isn't Sarah mentioned?
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comment Why did Judas betray Jesus WITH A KISS?
@JoshuaBigbee, Psalms 2 is the most prominent psalm about the coronation of God's "anointed" ruler. If the disciples understood Jesus as the "anointed" they would have been fully aware and expecting the rule of the "son" predicted in that passage. So also Judas, who was there when Peter proclaimed Jesus "the Christ." But Judas in the end betrays Jesus with a kiss. You really think there is no intended irony in it?
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comment Why did Judas betray Jesus WITH A KISS?
@JoshuaBigbee, I've shown how Judas very well could have seen the kiss as more than pragmatic. It would be wrong to say that the disciples knew nothing of Old Testament prophecy regarding the messiah. The very fact that they followed Jesus and considered him "the Christ" indicates that they believed him to be the prophesied and expected King of Israel. The crowds reaction to Jesus entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey also indicates that they knew the prophecy and what significance it held for the restored house of David.
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comment Why did Judas betray Jesus WITH A KISS?
@JoshuaBigbee, I'm not failing to see the pragmatic reason. I've referenced it in the question. Judas "kissed" Jesus to identify him to the arresting soldiers. This was absolutely necessary in an age before photography. But that's all the gospels say. It does not say that the soldiers were hiding. It says that the soldiers arrived with him. It might be that they were laying in wait for the signal but that's not specifically in the text.
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comment Why does Jesus tell the Samaritan woman to “Go, call your husband”?
This marriage theme is consistently emphasized in John every time Jesus engages with a woman. Marriage like the new birth is central to John's teaching about salvation. Would you like me to elaborate?