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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.

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How old was Mary when Joseph met her?

I understand that the Middle Eastern people often get married at a tender age. I also understand that most ladies could be betrothed earlier in life before they attain marriageable age. I like to know ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ......
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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; ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. (...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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Night is coming, when no one can work

What work is impossible to do in the 'night'? Jesus stated that night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4, ESV) The immediate context is that Jesus is healing a blind person. The first ...
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Why is the greater love not to lay down one's life for one's *enemies*?

How are we to reconcile the following verses? Jn 15:13: Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. Mt 5:44,46-47: But I tell you, love your enemies and pray ...
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Reconciling the action of the women in Matt 28:8, John 20:2, and Luke 24:9 with their inaction in Mark 16:8

Matthew, Luke and John say the women left the tomb and shared their news; Mark seems to be saying that they left and told no one because they were afraid. How can these accounts be reconciled?
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Is the use of the smallest possible example meant to indicate a complete absence of faith in Jesus sayings related to mustard seeds? [duplicate]

Jesus tells his disciples that they don't even have faith as big as a mustard seed: Τότε προσελθόντες οἱ μαθηταὶ τῷ Ἰησοῦ κατ᾽ ἰδίαν εἶπον· διὰ τί ἡμεῖς οὐκ ἠδυνήθημεν ἐκβαλεῖν αὐτό; ὁ δὲ λέγει ...
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Whose home was unroofed by the paralytic's friends?

In Mark 2:1, we have A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. (NIV) Was he in his own home? If so, how does this change the interpretation ...
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Why Were there 12 Baskets of Leftovers when feeding 5000?

Mathew 14:16-20 (NIV) says: 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring ...
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Were Jesus' disciples gleaning?

In an incident recorded in all three synoptic gospels (Matt 12:1, Mark 2:23, Luke 6:1), Jesus and his disciples walk through grain fields on the Sabbath and raise the ire of the Pharisees by plucking ...
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In Matthew 21:4-5 and John 12:14-15, why did Jesus enter Jerusalem on a donkey?

Matthew (21:4-5) and John (12:14-15) point to a prophetic fulfillment of Zachariah 9:9, Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is ...
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Why did Jesus cleanse the temple?

Is the answer too obvious to ask? Why did Jesus cleanse the temple? In Mark 11, we read this 15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying ...
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Why did Judas betray Jesus WITH A KISS?

Why did Judas betray Jesus with a kiss? The simplest explanation is of course the one we find in Matthew and Mark. This was the prearranged sign by which Judas identified Jesus to the arresting ...
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Does Luke 1:1-3 suggest that there are more than four Gospels?

Luke 1:1-3 (NIV) Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses ...