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Could there be something significant about the man in Matthew 26:18?

Christ instructs his disciples to go to a certain man in the city to prepare the Passover meal. Matthew 26:18 ESV He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My ...
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Does Matthew 9:32-34, 12:22-24, and Luke 11:14-15 describe the same event where Jesus exorcises a mute and blind demoniac?

Matthew 9:32-34 ESV As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “...
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Did Jesus personally perform 33, 35, or 37 recorded miracles before his resurrection in the Gospels?

How many recorded miracles did Jesus perform in the Gospels? The first list claims there were 37, the next list claims 35, and the last list claims 33 miracles. With certainty, are there 33, 35, or ...
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How to reconcile the Gospel of John to Revelation regarding the perishability of those condemned to hell

The gospel of John teaches that those who do not believe in Jesus as God's only begotten son will perish, I understand the meaning of the phrase to perish is to vanish as a result of being burned ...
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Why does no historian speak of the torn veil and how do we reconcile it with scripture?

There are three gospel accounts that mention the torn veil: Matthew 27:51 NKJV - Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were ...
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Are there prominent textual criticism books defending the faithful preservation of the gospels in modern Bibles compared to the original manuscripts?

Numerous skeptics assert that modern Bibles are the result of a succession of copies of copies of copies of copies, implying that across centuries of transcription, translation, and interpretation, or ...
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Why did Jesus say He wouldn’t drink of the vine when it seems like He did?

Jesus said, according to scripture: Matthew 26:29 NKJV 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” ...
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According to the Hebrew Gospels of Matt 26:28, Mark 14:24 and Luke 22:19-20, was Jesus’ blood shed FOR many or BECAUSE OF many?

According to the Hebrew Gospels of Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24 and Luke 22:19-20, was Jesus’ blood shed for many or because of many? The Greek uses peri and huper, and Aramaic S7191 D'aaKhLaaPH and ...
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What is the linguistic or scriptural background of Jesus using cup in Matthew 26:39?

Here are some scriptural references (quotes from ESV). The cup seems to refer often to one's portion of God's will. Any incites on the use of the term cup. And going a little farther he fell on his ...
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Question regarding apparent contradiction between Luke 24 and John 20

I have a question about an apparent contradiction. In Luke 24 it says that the women went to the tomb and when they saw that it was empty, they entered and saw a vision of angels. After that they went ...
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Is this the same place referred in these Scriptures? If so, what is its significance?

Exodus 19:20 :- “Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.” Matthew 17:1:- “Now after six days ...
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Should we honor Jesus or not?

In John 5:23 (NIV): that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. But in the same chapter John 5:41 (NIV): I do ...
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Was Jesus of Nazareth based on the Old Testament Jesuses? [closed]

Jesus (Joshua) son of Nun, kills the king of Jerusalem, hangs him on a tree, takes him down before sunset, throws the body in a cave, and rolls heavy rocks in front of the cave. These are all NT ...
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What was the Gospel preached by Jesus and the Disciples if they told no one that Jesus was the Christ? (Mt, 16:20, Mk. 8:30, Lk, 9:21)

(Note: this is a different question from What Gospel was preached before Jesus revealed the cross?, which was closed for not being specific enough. It is also different from What does "the gospel&...
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What evidence suggests that the authors of the four canonical gospels of the Western tradition considered their own gospel to agree with the others? [closed]

What evidence suggests that the authors of the four canonical gospels of the Western tradition considered their own gospel to agree with the others? Luke explicitly says that his version was the right ...
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Does Acts 1:7 imply that Jesus knew the hour?

[T]hey (the disciples) gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father ...
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Why didn't the gospels of Mark, Luke and John give us Jesus' explanation of the parable of the tares of the field in Matthew 13:36-43?

I am going to preface this with my understanding of scripture in that I am not pre-tribulation, no scholar, and new to this site. So my apologies if I am out of order. In my study, I know there are ...
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Is it a valid to see Jesus in the boat in Luke 5:3-4 and out of the boat in John 21:4-6 as symbolic physical presence with respect to the call?

In Luke 5:3-4 Jesus was in the boat when initiating the miraculous catch leading into the call for Peter to leave fishing for fish to fish for men (Luke 5:10-11) at the beginning of Jesus ministry on ...
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Why is there no 40 days of Temptation in John's Gospel?

Mark 1:10-13 10 On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. 11 And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with ...
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Did the imparting of the "gospel of Jesus Christ" start with the ministry of Jesus, or with the ministry of John the Baptist, or are they entwined?

Benson commentary on Mark 1:1-3: The evangelist (Mark) speaks with strict propriety in this sentence ... "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." Mark 1:1 NASB ... ...
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Is this Matthew's commentary?

When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man. (Matt. 9:8) When it says "who had given such authority to men", is this what ...
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Was the tearing down of the Wall of Separation between Jew and Gentile, mentioned in Ephesians 2:14, to be permanent or temporary?

Paul wrote to the Ephesian congregation a message of hope concerning the long-held attitude of Separation between the Jewish race and the Gentiles (ethnics) concerning religious practices...and ...
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Why is it hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven? [duplicate]

With respect to the below scripture, why is it difficult for rich people to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Matthew 19:23-24 (ESV) 23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with ...
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Why are "Tax collectors and Sinners" usually mentioned together by the Pharisees?

If sinners refers to the hard core, notoriously evil people (1 Timothy 1:9), why are tax collectors singled out? (When Jesus is caught eating with them, Luke 15:1, Mark 2:15, Matthew 9:11, 11:19, Luke ...
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What are the arguments for/against anonymous authorship of the Gospels

In most articles I read online, the claim is that the Gospels originally were anonymous and that the current names were assigned to them in the 2nd century by the apostolic fathers in order to give ...
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Is the textual evidence to the missing ending to Mark evidence of Mark being the earliest Gospel?

Mark 16:8 seems much too abrupt for an ending to the Gospel of Mark. The textual evidence indicates that none of the four endings we now have after Mark 16:8 are original, in other words the original ...
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What prophecy does Mark 14:49 point to?

Mark 14:49: Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled. I understand this as "although I was everyday in the temple,...
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What is the special relevance of Luke 5:39 in the context of the Parable of the Wineskins?

In response to the query on why Jesus' disciples did not fast like those of John the Baptist, Jesus tells the parable of New Wine in Old Wineskins in the Gospels viz. Matthew 9:14–17, Mark 2:21–22, ...
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Are biographies written as narratives in ancient world? [closed]

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts are all written in a narrative style, but are treated as biographies of Jesus and his apostles. Are there other examples in the ancient world of a biographical ...
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Who first gave Mary Magdalene the joy that Jesus was risen, an angel (Matthew) or Jesus (John)?

In Matthew 28:1, 5-6, 8, an angelic message brought joy to Mary Magdalene by informing her that Jesus rose (NKJV, emphasis added): Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, ...
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How to understand Luke 19:8 in light of Luke 18:22?

After meeting Christ Zachaeus promises to give away half of his possessions and restore fourfold those he had wronged KJV Luke 19 : 8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the ...
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Were the Sadducees being sarcastic in Matthew 22:28?

Matthew 22:28 NLT So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For she was the wife of all seven of them!" The Sadducees were well known that they did not believe in the resurrection ...
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Was the stone at the tomb of Jesus square shaped? [closed]

Archeologist Amos Kloner claims that it isn't historically probable that Jesus' tomb had a circle shaped rock blocking it. Kloner argues that we don't find many circle shaped rocks blocking tombs ...
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Why does The Holy Spirit snatch Philip away immediately after Philip shares The Gospel with the Ethiopian Bureaucrat Eunuch Government Official?

Acts 8:34-40 New American Standard Bible 1995 34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his ...
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Why do translations use "saying 'I am Christ'", when the Greek has "saying that I am Christ"?

Compare these three parallel Gospel verses: Verse KJV Greek Word-for-word Matthew 24:5 saying, I am Christ λέγοντες Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ Χριστός saying I am the christ Mark 13:6 saying, I am [Christ] ...
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Is there a connection between Luke 10:25-37 and John 21:15-17?

Evaluate this argument for the connection: The context of the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is answering the question “… who is my neighbor?” (ESV) The question arises from Leviticus ...
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Did Thomas touch Jesus hand(s), or seeing was enough for him to believe?

In John 20:24‭-‬25 one reads But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto ...
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Is there any connection between the disciples in b. San. 43a and the Gospels?

b. San 43a states Jesus had five disciples: Mattai, Nakai, Netzer, Buni, and Toda. The only names here I could see being associated with Jesus are Mattai for Matthew (Matt 9:9-13; 10:3), and Netzer ...
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What does ‘defiled’ mean in Mark 7:5?

In Mark 7:5, we see the accusation that Jesus and His disciples eat food with defiled hands: “So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the ...
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Does the title "Rabbi" (John 1:49 etc) imply that Jesus was a Pharisee?

A casual reader of the Gospels would clearly reject the idea that Jesus was a Pharisee. After all, they often accused him of breaking the Laws of the Torah and Jesus frequently denounced them as ...
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Hebrew Gospels vat. ebr. 100

The Vatican library contains a medieval manuscript of the four Gospels in Hebrew (vat. ebr. 100) This site publishes the manuscripts with an English translation. The authors see in it an - at least ...
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Why were the disciples so concerned about their status within the group?

Why did the disciples, and the mother of James and John, seem so concerned about their status within the group of disciples? eg Mark 9 - but others too. I am wondering if there is more to this than ...
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Does Jesus ever directly and explicitly claim to be the Messiah (the Christ) in public, before his trial with the Sanhedrin? [closed]

At Jesus' trial, He clearly affirms that He is the Christ, the Son of God. Mark 14:61-62 says "Again the high priest questioned Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 “I am,” ...
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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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