Mark 12:28-24 says,28 And one of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together, and knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, What commandment is the first of all? 29 Jesus answered, The first is, [a]Hear, O Israel; [b]The Lord our God, the Lord is one: 30 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God [c]with all thy heart, and [d]with all thy soul, and [e]with all thy mind, and [f]with all thy strength. 31 The second is this, [g]Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. 32 And the scribe said unto him, Of a truth, Teacher, thou hast well said that he is one; and there is none other but he: 33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is much more than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices. 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Was there any disagreement about who God is between Jesus and the scribe in these verses?

Can one possibly argue otherwise?


A simple reading of the text shows that both the scribe and Jesus were congenial to each other.

  1. The scribe was positive to Jesus's previous answer just before: God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

  2. The scribe agreed with Jesus' current answer about the great commandments.

  3. Jesus thought that the scribe's follow up answer to His answer was wise.

  4. Jesus praised the scribe that he was close to the kingdom of God.

Finally, that shut everybody's question up.

There was no disagreement between Jesus and the scribe in these verses.

Can one possibly argue otherwise?

One can always cook up some kind of conspiracy theory in anything. Not that I encourage you to do so. To me the whole incident is quite straightforward. Hope this help.

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    The exchange between the scribe and Jesus was not debating who God is, but whose God He is - the living or dead; and what our response to that god should be - which commandment is greatest. The identity of God was not under discussion. – Dottard Jun 4 at 21:34

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