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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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Is there any evidence to support the “different calendar theory” often invoked to resolve chronological discrepancies in the gospels?

Is there any evidence that there was a confusion of calendars in the first century, such that dates reported within the NT might vary as to the "actual" date of an event, and some authors (...
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Did Christ not know the season and time when the Jews would flee in Matthew 24:20?

Matthew 24:20 NASB 20 Moreover, pray that [p]when you flee, it will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath .Christ had been specific in most his predictions about events that would unfold later like: ...
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What does μή μου ἅπτου mean in John 20:17?

Much depends on how you translate the present middle imperative verb ἅπτου. Robertson's interpretation is "stop clinging" because "don't touch" would be aorist middle imperative. ...
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Are there any ancient manuscripts of books without titles?

Supposedly the gospels originally circulated without titles, or possibly with different titles. I understand some of the reasons for thinking this, but something is troubling me, namely that ...
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Was anointing people's feet common during Jesus' time?

I understand there's different theories on how many times Jesus' feet were anointed by a woman (most say 2, ie, Luke 7:36-51 and John 12:1-8, and that Luke alone mentions an earlier one). Augustine ...
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Was Barabbas released from prison temporarily?

It is generally understood that when Barabbas was released from prison, he was not required to return after the Passover festival. Why believe this was the case? Perhaps a more modest temporary ...
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Matt 25:40. Can Jesus' brethren be understood to be the righteous of verse 37?

I am looking for an answer based on the structure of the original Greek. I observe in my reading of Matthew 25:31-46 that the term " my brethren " occurs only in the first passage of Jesus' ...
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How should עֹ֥ז be translated in Psalm 8:3?

Modern translations translate עֹ֥ז as strength. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. (Psalm 8:2, ESV) ...
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How much ethical material is common or distinct in Q and non-Q parts of the gospels?

On my most recent read through the gospels, I used my incredible grasp of obvious to realize for the first time that by far the bulk of the text is about preparing for the imminent end of the world, ...
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Was the sixth hour in John 4:6 noon or six p.m.?

Was the sixth hour in John 4:6 noon or six p.m.? This depends on if John used Jewish way for time or the Roman way. Answering this question also depends on which way Mark used for time: According to ...
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What are the evidences for the Q source theory? [closed]

What exactly are the evidences for the "Q source theory"? When I say the "Q source theory" I basically mean any of the modern theories that deviate from view that the Gospels were ...
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(Matthew 5:38-42) “slaps you on your **right cheek**, turn the other to him also” means enemy will have to right-hand punch victim as an equal

A Roman Catholic priest explained during a service that Matthew 5:38-42 gives the victim a chance to show the opponent/adversary/enemy that said victim is an equal. To elaborate, the aforementioned ...
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Did the Roman soldier actually meet Christ as alluded in Matthew 8:5-6?

Matthew 8:5-6 NLT 5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer[b] came and pleaded with him, 6 “Lord, my young servant[c] lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.” In the above texts ...
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One Temple cleansing or Two?

"Revelation Lad" offers some very good comments in answer to this question: When does the cleansing of the Temple happen? At the beginning of Jesus's ministry or later? Was there one ...
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Why did Christ instruct his followers to carry purse and bag in Luke 22:36

Initial when Christ sent out his disciples he instructed them not to carry purse or bag .Luke 10:4 NIV 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. But later after the ...
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In Romans 1:16 does Paul suggest there is something shameful about the gospel?

”For I am not ashamed of the gospel (of the Anointed), for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:16‬ Paul might not be ...
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Is there a causal connection between the denial of Peter and Christ's question?

According to the Gospels, Peter denied Jesus three times. Is this the reason why Jesus asked Peter "do you love me" exactly three times?
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Divide the 3 Gospels by Year

Divide the 3 Gospels by Year of Jesus Ministry How would you divide the 3 Gospels by year of Jesus ministry? Gospel of John can be divided between Passover years year 1 (chapters 1-5) year 2 (...
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The duration of Christ's ministry?

The conventional wisdom has been that Christ's ministry lasted somewhere in the range of 3 to 3.5 years, although Dr. Chilton suggested, according to the Gospel of John, that Christ's ministry was ...
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How does Christ say Simon the Pharisee is forgiven little in Luke 7:47?

Luke 7:47 NASB 47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” After contrasting Simon the ...
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Why is the word “Christ” missing in Matthew 23:8 in some translations?

Matthew 23:8 NASB 8 >But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Matthew 23:8 KJV 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye ...
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Become like little children - the meaning of child in Jesus statement

In Matthew 18, 1-5 Jesus gives children as an example of what people should become like if they want to enter the kingdom of heaven: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+18&version=...
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Unclean Spirts in Synagogue

Why and how was a man with an unclean spirit just hanging out in the synagogue in Mark chapter 1? Were people with unclean spirits a common occurence in Jesus day and was it common in the Old ...
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St. John the Baptist and strong drink?

We know quite well that St. John the Baptist had a rather unique diet while living his ministry on earth. John lived an austere life. 4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a ...
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What does πάντα ταῦτα (“all these things”) mean in Matthew 24:34? Does it include both tribulation and second coming of Christ or only one of these?

Matthew Ch. 24 is a discourse on eschatology. Jesus says that this generation will not passaway until "all these things" have taken place. What does "all these things" constitute of. This passage ...
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At what age was John the baptist when He was beheaded [closed]

John the baptist died at what age (Matthew 14, Mark 6)? I have tried to research with no possible conclusion Kindly assist
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Holy Spirit in apostles before Pentecost

Some say apostles got Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. I also think this is true in some way, but in gospels there is record that Jesus 'gave them authority over devils and diseases and sent them ...
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In luke 17:30-31: was Luke referring to the coming of Christ or destruction of Jerusalem?

Luke 17:30-31 NIV 30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, ...
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Was Christ saying a servant should not be thanked in Luke 17:9?

Luke 17:7-9 NASB 7 “Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and [g]sit down to eat’? 8 But will he not say to ...
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What was Jesus’ πατρίδι (hometown/homeland) in John 4:44?

What was Jesus’ πατρίδι (hometown/homeland) in John 4:44? I had always assumed that this referred to Nazareth and Galilee, where Jesus grew up. However, Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg in The Jewish ...
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“He who has ears to hear”, what does this mean exactly?

Jesus uses this expression in the synoptic gospels and also post incarnation in the book of Revelation. Matt 11:15, 13:9,43, Mark 4:9,23, Luke 8:8, 14:35, Revelation 2:7,11,17,29, 3:6,13,22, 13:9 ...
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Matthew 12:40 : Jesus resurrection day of the week

Are there any references to the day of the week when Jesus was resurrected besides Matthew 12:40 and following conclusion that it was Saturday night or Sunday early morning? Matthew 12:40 King James ...
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Was the statement in Matthew 11:6 directed at John the Baptist?

After receiving a disconcerting and disturbing inquiry from John's disciples concerning his identity,Christ tells John's disciples to go and report to John what they had seen.In his closing remarks ...
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What plants is Jesus referring to in Matthew 15:13

“He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭ Concerning what plant exactly is this referring to? A biological plant, the Word of God (...
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What does it mean when God says that he desires mercy and not sacrifice according Hosea 6:6

Jesus was asked in Matthew 9:13 about why he was eating with sinners. His response to the Pharisees was to ask them to go and learn about the meaning of Hosea 6:6 ("I desire mercy and not sacrifice..."...
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In Mark 5:42 to whom did Christ give the order not to publish about the resurrected girl?

After raising the little girl from the dead Christ goes on to give a charge that know one should know about this incident Mark 5:42 NASB 42 Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she ...
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For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father

For this reason, I have told you that no one can come to me unless my Father grants it to him. If this "is not granted" to me, is it my fault not getting to the Father. *Thank you. Sorry I was not ...
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Do Jesus' words in Luke 10:22 support Marcion's theology

Marcion says that Moses and The Jewish writings should not be relied upon and does not give a clear view of God The Father whom Jesus Christ revealed to the world. Christ says, that no one knew Him ...
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Was the day when Jesus died a day of preparation for a regular Sabbath, for Passover or for both?

The Synoptics (Mark 14:12; Matt. 26:17, Luke 22:7) and John 19:31 seems to understand "preparation" differently. As per Discussion here holy days like Passover can still be called Sabbath even though ...
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How to ascertain that Luke 23:46 is the last words of Jesus on Cross and not John 19:30?

Traditionally the seven sayings of Jesus are put in order: Luke 23:34 Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Luke 23:43 Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise. John ...
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How does Paul say Christ was first seen by Cephas then the twelve in 1 Corinthians 15:5?

1 Corinthians 15:5 NASB 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. In all the narratives of four evangelists there seem to be no record of Christ meeting Cephas then the twelve after ...
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Why do Matthew (1:1-17) and Luke (3:23-38) give a genealogy for Jesus while Mark does not?

If genealogy was so central to Jewish people, why did Mark omit it? Also, if Matthew and Luke were following the text of Mark, what made them mention the genealogy of Jesus?
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Were Roman Soldiers allowed to Marry? The Word παῖς in Matthew 8:5 implies that Roman Centurion had offspring [closed]

Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10 mentions a story of Centurion whose servant was healed by Jesus. Matthew in 8:5 uses the word pais which may mean son. However, Luke 7:2 uses the word dulos specifying ...
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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 ...
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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 of ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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] ...
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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 ...
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Is the story of Barabbas possibly fabricated?

I would post the relevant passages, but they are too long to post. They are Matthew 27:15-26, Mark 15:6-15, Luke 23:15-25, and John 18:39-40. I heard Richard Carrier argue that the story of Barabbas ...