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Revelation 7:13 KJV

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

The elder asks John about the multitudes in white robes who stood before the throne.John profess ignorance,then the elder goes on to explain to him who they were.

Revelation 7:14 KJV

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb

Why does the elder ask John something he already knew?

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    It was the standard rabbinic method of teaching - ask a question and then supply the answer. Modern schools still do the same. – Dottard Jun 30 at 10:35
  • Jesus sometimes asks his disciples questions to which he already knows the answer. He is trying them and teaching them : causing them to think for themselves. – Nigel J Jun 30 at 12:12
  • See Socratic method, Socratic dialogue, and dialectic. (John's writings are, in general, permeated by Hellenistic influences; e.g., the concept of Logos, taken from Platonism). – Lucian Jun 30 at 15:22

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