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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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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 ...
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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] Whosoever shall seek to save his ...
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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?

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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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. ...