Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [gospels]

Questions related to the four canonical gospels-Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Questions may refer to narratives unique to a gospel or shared between gospels.

1
vote
0answers
24 views

Boat's speed in Jesus days

In Mark's gospel we read about Jesus and his disciples moving in a boat from Capernaum to Dekapolis, to a place in the other side of the Sea of Galilee about 20 kilometers away south. They set out in ...
-3
votes
0answers
58 views

Matthew's Gospel first penned in Hebrew? [duplicate]

Various early church fathers said that Matthew first penned his Gospel in Hebrew (Aramaic). What do you find to support this fact? The Historical Literary Evidence – The Early Church Testimony ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Is it possible that the soldiers near Pontius Pilate were less in number than the people in the crowd at Jesus' trial?

Matthew 27:24 KJV — When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood ...
12
votes
8answers
2k views

What does Matthew 9:5 mean that it is “easier” to say “Your sins are forgiven”?

Matthew 9:5 NIV 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? Was Christ contrasting the two or he was referring to something else?
0
votes
3answers
68 views

Why was Jesus' message so attractive?

I'm just a beginner in studying origins of Christianity. I know Jesus emerged in a Jewish state where people already believed in a monotheistic religion and one God. So my question is: What was the ...
0
votes
2answers
37 views

In Luke 17:28-33 what does Jesus mean by “save his life” and “lose his life”?

I was perusing Luke 17 when I noticed the specific context of the familiar passage about "losing" and "preserving" one's "life". This is the verse: [Luke 17:33 KJV] Whosoever shall seek to save his ...
-1
votes
1answer
47 views

Were the Pharisees and Sadducees asking for some spectacular sign in the sky/heaven in Matthew 16:1?

Matthew 16:1 KJV 1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven After Christ had performed many miracles the Pharisees and ...
-1
votes
3answers
241 views

Is the story of Barabbas possibly fabricated?

Note: I believe that the following question is a question of hermeneutics, because exegesis is defined as "a critical interpretation or explanation of the Bible". I would post the relevant passages, ...
4
votes
2answers
239 views

Why had the Lord's time yet to come when the disciples' time was always ready!

As I read the Gospel, I try to understand why the Lord's time had yet to come when the time of the disciples was always ready! Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is ...
5
votes
2answers
145 views

Was the young man in Mark 14:51-52 one of the disciples?

There are lots of debates over the the way and manner the Book of Mark was concluded. One of the most confusing accounts I found in Mark ending is the young man that fled naked. And a young man ...
2
votes
1answer
39 views

Why did Pilate argue with Chief Priest? (John 19:19-22)

It seems Pilate and Chief Priest fell out with each other when he said "What I have written I have written". Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, ...
2
votes
2answers
104 views

In Mark 9:21, Why did Jesus ask the father of the boy with unclean spirit: “How long has this been happening to him?”

It seems surprising that Jesus, the omniscient Godhead in bodily form (Col. 2:9) would ask from a mortal man whom he foreknew and predestined (Rom. 8:29) before He could find out how long an ailment ...
2
votes
2answers
72 views

What happened to Joseph after Jesus was 12?

It seems the last time we read about Joseph in the Gospels was after their visit to the Jerusalem temple when Jesus was 12. From the time Jesus started his signs and wonders at the marriage in Cana, ...
4
votes
5answers
153 views

Is Jesus’ response to worship in John 9:38 only consistent with him being God?

ὁ δὲ ἔφη· πιστεύω, κύριε· καὶ προσεκύνησεν αὐτῷ.(John 9:38, NA27) He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. (John 9:38, ESV). The apostle Peter in Acts (10:26-27), similar incident with ...
0
votes
2answers
74 views

Is it possible that Saint Mark's account of Christ's prediction of Saint Peter's denials is doctored?

Saint Mark says that Christ said to Saint Peter at the Mount of Olives, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. Mark 14:30b ...
2
votes
2answers
96 views

In Mark 15:44-45 why was Jesus' suffering so short?

Death by crucifixion often or usually took days to kill a man yet Jesus died in only 3 hours. Why was his ordeal so conspicuously short? Mar 15:44  And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

If the sinners in Luke 15:2 are the Pharisee's am haarets, how does this affect applying Ezra and Nehemiah to Christians? [closed]

Here is a reference to relating the use of the term ἁμαρτωλοὺς (sinners) by the Pharisees to mean עַמֵּ֖י הָאֲרָצ֑וֹת translated (peoples of the land by the ESV): Some take “sinners” here to mean ...
2
votes
2answers
650 views

Did Jesus recover the lost tribes of Israel?

According to Encylopaedia Brittanica all of the tribes of Israel except Benjamin, Judah and Levi have been "lost to history", assimilated into other peoples and no longer have a Jewish identity: ......
-1
votes
1answer
61 views

In Matthew 12:24-31 what is the relationship between Jesus argument and Satan's nature as deceiver?

In Matthew 12:24-31, Jesus says: 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.” 25 And knowing their thoughts Jesus said ...
1
vote
3answers
210 views

How can we trust the Gospels if nobody was there to witness? [closed]

I am reading the Gospels and sometimes I wonder how can some stories have been recorded and then written down. The case is when Jesus is basically by himself and nobody there to witness or when he is ...
0
votes
3answers
78 views

Is Jesus' “gospel of the kingdom” obsolete? [closed]

Jesus proclaimed and taught "the gospel of the kingdom" as mentioned in Matthew 24:14: Mat_24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; ...
6
votes
2answers
344 views

What is the reason for the darkening of the sun during the crucifixion?

Matthew 27:45 (NKJV) Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. Every event during the crucifixion was symbolic, sometimes even prophetic. So that's what ...
12
votes
1answer
153 views

Why the Inconsistency of the name Mary in the NT?

Or rather, why is the mother of Jesus exclusively written μαριαμ, and the others inconsistently either μαρια or μαριαμ? I was originally prompted by a mini quest into the original meaning of the ...
1
vote
1answer
55 views

Does immediately mean immediately as we understand it

When Jesus called His disciples and the word says they left "immediately" Matt 4:22, did they actually drop everything "immediately" as we think in the west, or was there some type of cultural ...
2
votes
1answer
112 views

Why were the most important women in the ministry of Jesus named Mary [closed]

So many times in the gospels, you see a woman who is important in the life of Jesus and her name is called Mary. a). When he came out of a belly, the first woman that saw him was Mary his mother ...
-2
votes
1answer
34 views

Relationship Jn13:34, Dt6:5 and Lev19:18? [closed]

ETA: Dumb question can this be answered without regard to denominations? I forgot about denominations when I moved from Christianity stackexchange... Do we have [commandment in first verse] if and ...
1
vote
4answers
1k views

What does Jesus mean in Matthew 25:41-46?

I have a question concerning the following passage (Matthew 25:41-46): 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil ...
3
votes
0answers
90 views

When (and where) was the Sayings Gospel of Thomas written?

The Sayings Gospel of Thomas shares several of Jesus' proverbs and parables with the Synoptic tradition. Some websites place Thomas and the three Synoptics in four columns together, to be read in ...
5
votes
6answers
707 views

In the parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25 vs 1 - 8), who is the groom coming to marry? In other words who is the bride?

Who is the bride in this passage of scripture? The virgins are just preparing the way, and the groom is present, but the bride is not mentioned.
0
votes
5answers
102 views

Salvation to Gentiles Apart from the Pauline Letters [closed]

Besides the Pauline epistles, I can't find anything that refers to the salvation of the gentiles, which makes me doubt if it is real or Paul is an impostor. Can you show me some proof that salvation ...
-4
votes
4answers
278 views

Luke: In What Sense is “Repentance” Required for Salvation?

Note: A Comment by Gina pointed out a presupposed definition of repentance that I had not addressed in the original question, and now corrected here. Luke 24:47 - and that repentance | μετάνοιαν ...
3
votes
2answers
74 views

Were charges required by Roman law?

In Matthew 27:37, the charges against Jesus are fastened to the cross above his head: Above his head they placed the written charge against him: This is Jesus, the King of the Jews. NIV In ...
1
vote
1answer
66 views

Is the Codex Sinaiticus available [closed]

Is the Codex Sinaiticus available for purchase in the English translation? If not now, is it going to be available in the future?
4
votes
0answers
139 views

John 7 - What were the religious / culture demographics of “The Galilee”? [closed]

Closely Related: - Matthew 4 - How Should Galilee of the Nations be Interpreted? - Was Nazareth a joke town? 1. Question, Historical Context: What were the religious / cultural demographics of "The ...
8
votes
3answers
720 views

Why does John describe himself or another disciple “Jesus loved” using phileo love ἐφίλει?

The phrase "disciple whom Jesus loved" is used 5 times in John's Gospel. It is commonly accepted each use refers to the same person, John the Apostle. Four of the 5 times the word [G25 - agapao] is ...
1
vote
3answers
562 views

According to the Gospels, Was the Last Supper Actually a Passover Feast?

Very Closely Related: - In the early church, was the Last Supper Considered a Passover Feast? The above question is asking for extra-Biblical references - from Early Church authorities. This ...
-2
votes
1answer
86 views

During the Passion - What laws might Jesus and his disciples been accused of breaking?

Related to: Luke 22 : What was Jesus' Basis to Order His Disciples to Violate the Passover Sabbath? 1. Question - During the Passion Narrative1 - What laws might Jesus and his disciples been ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Is there significance to Jesus' tunic being kept intact while the Temple veil was torn apart?

Matthew, Mark, and John record casting lots to divide Jesus' clothing. John adds the Old Testament quote from Psalm 22:18 and provides other details: When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they ...
1
vote
2answers
394 views

Did Samaritans hear John the Baptist's message?

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John each speak to the work of John the Baptist, preaching and baptizing people in the Jordan River. While the descriptions of the people who came, heard, and were baptized is ...
2
votes
1answer
214 views

What is the argument against the idea that a Hebrew Proto-Matthew is the Q source?

Why can't there be an early Hebrew Matthew, then a Greek Mark, and then a re-written Matthew in Greek, followed by Luke? I am aware of a number of points on the topic of the priority of the gospels: ...
5
votes
5answers
261 views

Do the words “Israel” and “Jews” have a different meaning in the Gospels?

In my reading of the Gospels, I have not noticed any derogatory or sectarian statements using the word "Israel", such as in: Matthew 10:6 ... but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. ...
7
votes
5answers
11k views

Difference between Son of Man and Son of God

The evangelists seem to have their favored ways of talking about who Jesus was. I've also noticed that one controversial thing in people's discussions on this site is the designation between Son of ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

Why are the four gospel accounts of the empty tomb so different and how do we reconcile them?

The four accounts of the empty tomb seem to differ as follows: Matthew 28:1-8 says that when the two women, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, went to visit the tomb, there was an earthquake and an ...
6
votes
3answers
291 views

Is “The Lord of the Sabbath” the LORD God?

The Gospel of Jesus Christ records that Jesus states He is Lord of the Sabbath: For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath. (Matthew 12:8 ESV) So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath. (...
-5
votes
2answers
224 views

Historical Evidence of the Sabbath Rest Beginning the Preceding Night?

1. Question - a Reference Request for Historical Evidence: In view of this question : Luke 23:54 - How should "Sabbath Dawning" be Interpreted? Is there any historical evidence showing ...
10
votes
6answers
6k views

What is the “secret of the kingdom”?

In Mark 4, before explaining to his disciples the parable of the sower, Jesus tells them: “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in ...
3
votes
1answer
155 views

In the Gospels, Can “Day of:” the Passover - be Interpreted Idiomatically?

Related: - The Correct Research Methodology To Substantiate If an Expression is an Idiom? - In the early church, was the Last Supper Considered a Passover Feast? - The meaning of παρασκευή ('day ...
7
votes
1answer
3k views

What did John the Baptist eat?

Matthew 3:4 and Mark 1:6 describe the food of John the Baptist as locusts and wild honey. The word locust takes different definitions as follows: a. large and mainly tropical grasshopper with ...
2
votes
2answers
924 views

Was Malchus right ear reattached or regrown? [closed]

In Matthew 26:51-54, Mark 14:47-49, Luke 22:50-51, John 18:10 the bible tells how Simon Peter did cutoff the servant Malchus right ear with his sword, and in Luke 22:51 Jesus healed the servant's ear. ...
2
votes
1answer
117 views

Could the crowd have provided the extra bread and fish in the account of Jesus feeding the thousands?

In all of the feeding miracles (Matthew 14:13-21, Matthew 15:32-16:10, Mark 6:31-44, Mark 8:1-9, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15) would it have been possible that the extra bread and fish did not get ...