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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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In Luke 17:37 who are taken, who are left behind and where are they taken?

Luke 17:33-37 says, "Remember Lot's wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be ...
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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 ...
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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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Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29

I would like to know why some versions feel it apt to omit the word "fasting" from Mark 9:29. Is this because it was not concurrent with the correct translation/ meaning of this verse? For example. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What was the gospel being preached to the poor, that was of such good news? [closed]

Question: In any Scriptural context, is there a meaning of the "Gospel" that can be exegetically inferred? Or, is there any historical authority that explains why it is defined so vaguely? For ...
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At what time did Jesus rise from the tomb?

I basically want to know if anyone has any concrete knowledge of Jesus being in the tomb any time beyond the end of the Sabbath day. I am not looking for any assumptions. Assumptions as in the case of ...
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At what age was John the baptist when He was beheaded

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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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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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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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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How Is the Date of Composition of the Gospels Estimated?

So considering that the oldest copies of the gospels are dated to around 400 AD (I'm thinking of the Codex Sinaiticus), how do scholars go about estimating the date of composition of the gospels? I ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Can John's Passion chronology be reconciled with that of the Synoptics?

Background: Over the centuries, many readers of the four Gospels have seen significant discrepancies between John and the Synoptics, particularly with regards to chronology. This has led many to ...
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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 does 'Salt of the Earth' mean?

"You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless." - Matthew 5:13 (NLT) ...
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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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In John 18:10 why does John note the name of the servant whose ear was cut off?

Unlike the synoptics, John notes the name of the man whose ear was cut off during Jesus' arrest. John 18:10 - Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, ...
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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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In Mark 14:44 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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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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What is the difference in the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God?

Some assert the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God refer to the same thing while others say they are different. Which is accurate? For example: Luke 17:21 uses Kingdom of God while Matthew 11:...
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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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Was Jesus’ commandment to “love enemies” (Matthew 5:43) meant literally?

Was Jesus’ commandment to his disciples to love their enemies in Matthew 5:43 intended to be understood literally? 43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your ...
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In Mark 4 what does Jesus mean by “the secret of the kingdom”?

In Mark 4, before explaining to his disciples the parable of the sower, Jesus tells them: [Mar 4:11 NIV] (11) He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reconciling the accounts of the calling of Simon Peter

How do you reconcile the two accounts of Jesus calling Peter? (Matt 4:18-19 and John 1:35-42) In the Matthew passage, Peter and Andrew are together fishing. In the John passage, Andrew was with John ...