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In John 9:10 why didn't the blind man make the connection between his healing,Jesus and Son of Man?

John 9:10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and ...
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Peace and Jesus [duplicate]

One of the names of Jesus is Prince of Peace as per Isa 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful ...
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Is there typological symbolism between Jesus rising on the first day (Matt. 28:1) and God creating light on the first day (Gen. 1:3)?

Is there symbolism between Jesus rising on the first day (Matt. 28:1) and God creating light on the first day (Gen. 1:3)? The seventh day, the Sabbath, was when God rested. Christians changed the ...
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In what sense is divorce and remarriage "adultery" according to Jesus?

Jesus taught that if a man would divorce his wife and marry another, he would commit adultery (all NKJV, emphasis added): "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual ...
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Does Jesus' teaching on marriage implicitly condemn polygamy as adulterous?

Jesus taught that if a man would divorce his wife and marry another, he would commit adultery. In other words, He taught in the following passages that divorcing one's wife plus marrying another ...
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Did the Chief Priests change their minds about crucifying Christ during the festival?

Initial the Chief Priest had stated that Christ should not be killed during the festival as this would have caused a riot Mark 14:1-2 NIV Now the Passover and Festival of Unleavened Bread were two ...
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Does the mention of Sheep Gate in John 5:2 give a lead to explanation for the allegory of Camel and Eye of the Needle?

We read in John 5:2 : Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha,which has five porticoes. We also read in Mtt 19 :24 : Again I tell you, it is easier for a ...
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Can Matthew 21:21-22 be understood by itself or is its meaning only perceptible in context?

Would it be correct to say that the Bible reader would be mistakenly taking Matthew 21:21-22 out of context if she/he read and understood Matthew 21:21-22 by and in itself? In other words, the bible ...
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Jesus asleep on the boat .. Was He really asleep

Matthew 8:24 Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was engulfed by the waves; but Jesus was sleeping. (See also parallel passages in Mark 4 & Luke 8) Was Jesus really ...
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Why is the unpardonable sin unpardonable?

Jesus says that speaking against the Holy Spirit is unpardonable: "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven ...
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'Sin',Faith,Duty vs Forgivensss,Faith,Duty in Luke 17:1-10?

The NIV sub titles the teaching of Christ in Luke 17 as teaching sin,faith and duty but when looking closely at the texts it wuold seem Christ was teaching Forgiveness,Faith and Duty Sin, Faith, Duty ...
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Does "they neither marry nor are given in marriage" refer to the act of getting married, or the state of being married?

All 3 Synoptic Gospels record similar a teaching from Jesus given in response to a question asked by the Sadducees (what happens to the woman who marries 7 brothers in this life). Matthew 22:30 For ...
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Does the doctrine of Paul coincide with the doctrine of Jesus? [closed]

The doctrines of Jesus are in the four Gospels. The doctrines of Paul are in the Pauline epistles. Many people have pondered this very thing. Do they agree? If so how? Give reasons. If not then how ...
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Was Jesus drawing a parallel to Exodus 24:8 when he said, "This is my blood of the covenant?"

Then he took the record of the covenant and read it aloud to the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will faithfully do!” 8 Moses took the blood and dashed it on the people and ...
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Was Stephen put to death by legal execution or a lynch mob?

Previous discussion on the site This is a follow up to the question: In the time of Jesus, were the Jewish authorities allowed to execute? - the selected & most upvoted answer concludes: The only ...
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Are the disciples Bartholomew (Synoptics) and Nathanael (John) the same person?

The Synoptic Gospels refer to one of the 12 disciples as Bartholomew, and regularly pair him with Philip: Matthew 10: 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called ...
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Where did the feeding of the 5000 occur?

The feeding of the 5000 is recorded in all 4 Gospels: Matthew 14:13-22 Mark 6:32-46 Luke 9:10-17 John 6:1-15 In Matthew & Mark they leave town and are in a desert place: When Jesus heard of it, ...
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(Romans 2:16) why does Paul tie judgment with the good news?

When interpreting the doctrine of the Gospel {euangelion, εὐαγγέλιον} in 1 Corinthians 15, we read of a fairly simple explanation of the “good news”: “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel ...
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Why did Christ pay tax for Peter only in Matthew 17:27?

Matthew 17:27 NLT However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin.[h] Take it and ...
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Does reconciliation entail full restitution in Matthew 5:23?

Matthew 5:23 NIV 23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, In the case of having grieved a brother, Christ ...
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Was the ministry of Jesus 3 1/2 years or 70 weeks?

Was the ministry of Jesus 3 1/2 years or 70 weeks? "The Gospels record that exactly seventy weeks - four hundred and ninety days - transpired from the day that Yeshua was baptized in water until ...
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Interpreting the variants in Jesus teaching on the unpardonable sin

Can anyone help me to understand why Jesus spoke of the unpardonable sin in different words? Are they the same instance and the Gospel Authors just changed the words a little? Or did Jesus repeat ...
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Do John 1:35-42 & Matthew 10:1-4 describe the same occasion?

Is the occasion of Jesus calling Simon in Matthew 10:1-4 the same occasion found in John 1:35-42?
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Why was Peter interrogated more than the other disciple in John 18:17:27?

After accompanying Christ to the High priest's compound Peter is interrogated more than the other disciple who took him in. John 18:17 ESV :The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are ...
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Why did the leaders lie to Pilate in Luke 23:2?

Luke 23:2 NIV And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” But Christ had encouraged ...
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Woman at the well: What is the significance of Jesus asking her to call her Husband (John 4:16)

I'm currently studying John 4:4-28. Jesus meeting with the woman at the well. I am interested to know what is the significance of Jesus asking her to call her husband and drawing attention to her ...
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What does it mean to "have salt amongst yourselves" Mark 9:49-50

What does it mean to have "salt among yourselves and be at peace with each other" in Mark 9:49-50 “Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can ...
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Did Christ intend giving the Holy spirit prior to his ascension in John 7:37-38?

John 7:37-38 ESV 37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as[f] the Scripture has ...
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Why is John 7:39 bracketed?

In the Kjv we find out that the whole text of John 7:39 is bracketed. Usually the brackets are used for the purpose of parenthesis, as supplemental to the rest of the text John 7:39 KJV: (But this ...
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Which end is referred to in Matthew 24:14?

Christ has been referring to his coming as well as the calamities which were about to unfold.There seem to be a mixture of near future and eschatological events that are about to unfold in this ...
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Why was Jesus' remark : "Sy legō" (σύ λέγω) in [Mark 15:2, Matthew 27:11] a "Good Confession" (καλός ὁμολογία) to Pontius Pilate in 1 Timothy 6:13?

The apostle Paul regards Jesus' response to Pontius Pilate as a "Good Confession" in [1 Timothy 6] : "I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before ...
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John 13:7 What was Jesus referring to when he said "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

In John 13 at the last supper Jesus goes to wash his disciples feet. Initially Peter resists but Jesus insists he must carry out this action and states in 13:7 “You do not realize now what I am doing,...
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What makes scholars think there were one or two discrete gospel sources and not many indistinct ones?

My only knowledge of popular solutions to the synoptic problem comes from Wikipedia, where they all have non-canonical gospel sources numbering about one or two (or sometimes just zero). Not many ...
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Was Christ referring to a particular sin in Matthew 7:3?

Matthew 7:3 ESV 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your ...
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Is Joseph the son of Jacob or Heli?

In Matthew 1:16 Joseph is said to be the son of Jacob. "Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary" In Luke 3:23 Joseph is said to be the son of Heli. "Joseph, which was the son of Heli&...
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Is the Jew versus Gentile/Tax Collector theme an interpretive framework for the gospel of Luke?

There seems to be a Jew vs Gentile theme running in the gospel of Luke.Most of the parables seem to pit the faith of Jews vs that of Gentiles/Samaritans/tax collectors Luke 5:27-32 Levi the Tax ...
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Would the rich man have extended the invitation to the second group if it had not been rejected by the first group in Luke 14:16-24? [closed]

The Parable of the Great Banquet Luke 14:16-24 ESV In the above parable there are two groups mentioned who are invited separately in the parable of the great banquet.The first group rejects the ...
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Is what Christ said to God in Heb 10:5-9 mentioned in one of the 4 gospels or any other place in the NT?

In Heb 10:5-9 (ESV) Christ was recorded as saying the following to God, quoting Ps 40:6-8 (but matches better with Septuagint translation) 5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “...
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Why did Christ seemingly discourage the volunteer in Luke 9:57?

In the following text Christ seemingly discourages the volunteer who wanted to follow him.In the answer that he gives to the volunteer that of having no place to lay his head is somehow discouraging ...
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Matt 15:33 - Are the Disciples really this dense? What explains their inability to integrate the lesson from the recent feeding of the 5000? [closed]

Matthew 15:33-34 33 And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” 34 And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They ...
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Luke 23:11 - What did Herod communicate when he sent Jesus back to Pilot in "splendid clothing?"

11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other ...
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Who is Mary Magdalene in John 19:25 and John 20?

There are similar questions, but none ask exactly who Mary Magdalene is. John 19:25 lists three other women including Jesus' mother who aren't Many Magdalene: but standing by the cross of Jesus were ...
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John 4:25 Verbatim or scribe added text

The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah [#G3323] is coming (he who is called Christ) [#G5547]. When he comes, he will tell us all things.” (John 4:25) ESV. λεγει αυτω η γυνη οιδα οτι μεσσιας ...
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Where was Jesus before he went to Galilee in John 1:43?

Where was Jesus before he went to Galilee in John 1:43? The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. (John 1:43a, ESV) In 1:35, Jesus was near John the Baptist. In 1:37, the two disciples follow ...
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How is it possible for Jesus to be quoted in the NT during moments of solitude (Gethsemane) or away from the disciples (Nicodemus, Pilate etc.)?

John 3 - Jesus teaches Nicodemus John 4 - Woman @ the Well John 17 - Jesus prays for his disciples + Believers John 18 - Jesus and Pilate Jesus' temptation(s) in the wilderness by Satan (in Matt. 4 &...
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Why was Nathaniel under the fig tree? [closed]

Why was Nathaniel under the fig tree? John 1:47-48 KJV Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest ...
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What are the arguments in favor of Lukan Priority?

The Synoptic Problem explores the relationship among the three Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Lukan (or Lucan) Priority is the view that Luke was the first of these documents to be written....
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When was Peter's mother-in-law healed? Chronological contradiction?

Jesus cured Simon Peter's mother-in-law after he cleansed the leper: Matt. 8:15 Jesus cured Simon Peter's mother-in-law before he cleansed the leper: Mark 1:30-42, Luke 4:38-5:13 Peter's mother-in-...
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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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Why did Pilate refer to Jesus as Christ/Messiah?

Why did Pilate refer to the fact that Jesus was called (by some) Christ/Messiah during his debate with the Sanhedrin...given that Pilate knew it was envy that motivated their accusations against Jesus ...
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