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An account of the life of Jesus from his baptism to the discovery of his empty tomb. Often held to be the earliest gospel, written by John Mark, and using Peter as a primary source.

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What is the meaning of Mark 10:29-30?

Jesus says that anyone who leaves everything and everyone behind to follow Him will be rewarded: Mark 10:29-30: "Jesus said, 'Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers ...
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What is the common theme for the word “baptize”?

G907 baptizō appears 80 times in the NT. ESV Mat 3:11 I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will ...
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Did Pharisees use Ezra 6:11-12 to condemn Jesus in Mark 14:58?

Ezra 6:11-12 provides terms of punishment for anyone who attempts to tear down the 2nd Temple : [Ezra 6:11] "I also issue an order that whoever alters this decree shall have a beam removed from his ...
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Why does 12-yr-old Jesus [Luke 2:48-49] contradict 30-yr-old Jesus [Mark 7:11-13] about Korban & honoring your mother? [closed]

In [Luke 2:48-49], we notice Jesus as a child not properly fulfilling the mitsvah of [Exodus 20:12] since his mother Mary verbalized her frustration & anxiety about Jesus’ secret return to the ...
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What have I to do with thee: John 2:4 vs Mark 5:7

In John 2:4, Jesus asks Mary: Woman, what have I to do with thee (Τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί)? My hour is not yet come. In Mark 5:7, the Legion asks Jesus: What have I to do with thee (Τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί), Jesus,...
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Are Mark 10:38 and Romans 6:3-4 not essentially two sides of the same coin?

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus responds to a request by James and John: Mark 10:38: "But Jesus said to them, 'You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to ...
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How are we to reconcile Christ's words in Matt./Mk. with Lk./1 Cor. 11 on Communion?

There seems to be a distinction between what Christ tells the 12 disciples (26:20) in Matthew and Mark in contrast to Luke: Matthew 26:26-28: "While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and ...
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Does Mat 12:43 relate to Mark 5:12 about water and demons?

Matthew 12 English Standard Version 43“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Mark 5 12The demons begged Jesus, “Send us ...
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How to understand Matthew 7:21-23 in light of Mark 9:38-39?

Matthew 7:21-23 NIV 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that ...
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Did the scribes realize that God gave Jesus the authority in Mark 11:33?

Mark 11: 27After their return to Jerusalem, Jesus was walking in the temple courts, and the chief priests, scribes, and elders came up to Him. 28“By what authority are You doing these things?” they ...
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What all things did Elijah restore in Mark 9:12?

After the transfiguration on the mountain, Mark 9: 9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus admonished them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. ...
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Can non-disciples of Jesus cast out demons in Jesus' name or not? Mark 9:38-40 vs. Acts 19:11-16

Mark 9:38-40 (ESV): 38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for ...
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Could Mark 3:27 (“binding the strong man [Satan]”) and Revelation 20:2 (“Satan bound”) be equivalent?

It is commonly recognized that the "strong man" in the following verse is Satan: Mk. 3:27: “But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the ...
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Were Jesus' brothers being facetious when suggesting He perform signs before His disciples in Judea?

In John's Gospel, Jesus' brothers appear to somewhat flippantly suggest that He demonstrate certain "works" to prove or publicize Himself before His disciples in Judea: John 7:2-5: "...
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According to Mark 14:68 the first rooster crowed after Peter's first denial, wasn't it supposed to crow after his third denial?

According to Mark 14:30 before the rooster crows twice Peter would deny Jesus three times: Mark 14:30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you ...
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Did Jesus pay to reserve the upper room?

“and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished ...
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Why would the Herodians want Jesus dead?

I recently noticed something curious in Mark's gospel. In chapter 3, we read an account of Jesus' miraculous healing of a man's withered hand. It occurred on the Sabbath, and so the Pharisees were ...
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Who is “he” in Luke 20:37

Luke 20:37 NIV 37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’[b] 38 He is not ...
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Could the disciples not drive out the demon because of lack of faith or because of lack of fasting and prayer

Matthew 17:20 says it is because they had so little faith: Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. ...
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In Mark 12:17, was Jesus referring to obligatory sacrifices to the Emperor?

[Mark 12:17 NKJV] (17) And Jesus answered and said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they marveled at Him.
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If Matthew was an eyewitness why would he rely on Mark?

If Matthew was an eyewitness to the events of the life of Jesus, why did Matthew then base his gospel off Mark's?
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Why did Christ “give strict orders” of silence regarding raising a young girl from death (Mk. 5:43)? [duplicate]

In Mark's Gospel, we read of Christ raising a 12-year-old girl from the dead. He then sternly tells those around Him (Peter, James, John, the parents) not to tell anyone about it. Here is the ...
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According to Mark 11:25, does God forgive everyone?

Mark 11:25 11 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."New International Version. Grand Rapids: ...
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Were the last 12 verses of the Gospel of Mark in fact taken from Luke?

Were the last 12 verses of the Gospel of Mark in fact taken from Luke? Here it states that in the Gospel of Mark there is an added portion (Mark 16:9-20) In this reference I didn't find the following ...
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Why does Matthew soften hard statements from Mark?

For example, in Mark 10:18 Mark says: "Why do you call me good?" Jesus asked him. "No one is good except God alone." (CSB) But in Matthew 19:17: "Why do you ask me about ...
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“… where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?

Mark 9:47-49: 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not ...
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Does Mark 14:51 allude to Amos 2:16?

Amos 2:16 Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day," declares the LORD. Mark 14:51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, ...
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Does God literally have a right hand?

Matthew 22:41-44 (ESV): 41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of ...
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Could the “Echad” of Eloheinu ever become less than “Echad” like man & woman in [Genesis 2:24, Mark 12:25]? [closed]

When "Echad" is associated with the act of marriage in [Genesis 2:24], the אִ֔ישׁ Ish | "man" binds to אִשָּׁ֔ה Ishah | "woman" creating momentarily אֶחָֽד "Echad&...
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What does it mean to be (a/the) Son of the Most High (God)?

Jesus is called "the Son of the Most High (God)" (definite article the), as if it were a title that belongs exclusively to him: 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for ...
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Are the signs mentioned in Mark 16:17-18 universally expected of all true believers?

Mark 16:17-19 (ESV): 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if ...
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Why did the demon-possessed Gadarene bow down before Jesus?

Mark 5:5-13 (NASB): 5 Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and cutting himself with stones. 6 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down ...
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In Mark 1:13 & Matthew 4:11 were the “angels” (ἄγγελοι) שְּׂרָפִ֔ים Serafim, כְּרֻבִ֖ים Keruvim, מַלְאָכִים֙ יְהֹוָ֥ה Mal'akim HaShem, Torah Scrolls?

In Mark 1:13 & Matthew 4:11 were the "angels" ( ἄγγελοι ) considered שְּׂרָפִ֔ים Serafim, or כְּרֻבִ֖ים Keruvim, or מַלְאָכִים֙ יְהֹוָ֥ה Mal'akim HaShem, or Torah Scrolls perhaps, or ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying 'drink of the fruit of the vine' and 'new in the Kingdom of God'?

Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Mark 14:25 NRSV. What is the fruit of the vine? What is meant by ...
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Why did the women want to anoint Jesus after his body had already been laid in the tomb

After Jesus’ death on the cross, Joseph of Arimathea went to the Roman governor Pilate to request Jesus’ body. Nicodemus, the Pharisee who had visited Jesus at night to ask questions about God’s ...
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“Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. Why does Jesus rebuke the young man? (Mark 10:18)

Mark 10:17-18 (NASB) The Rich Young Ruler 17 As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do so that I may inherit eternal ...
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What is the reason behind the variations of quoting Deut 6:5 in Matt 22:37, Mark 12:30, and Luke 10:27? [duplicate]

In Deut 6:5 we read (ESV): You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. But in Matt 22:37 we read (ESV): And he said to him, “You shall love ...
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Why did Jesus permit the demon's request to send them to the pigs in Mark 5:13?

Mark 5:9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was ...
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When did the different meaning of Mark 1:2 first appear? “Isaiah” vs. “prophets”

As I understand it there is a difference in meaning in the Greek texts of Mark 1:2. Which leads to a difference in the NASB translation when compared to the KJV translation. With the NASB translation ...
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Will everyone be gender-neutral in Heaven, and if so, does that mean that sex was designed to be a temporary thing?

Mark 12:25 (NASB): 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. Does the verse above imply that those who attain eternal ...
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Mark 2:25, range of possible translations for ἀνέγνωτε

Mark 2:25 has Jesus debating the Sabbath with the Pharisees: καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· «Οὐδέποτε ἀνέγνωτε τί ἐποίησεν Δαυείδ, ὅτε χρείαν ἔσχεν καὶ ἐπείνασεν αὐτὸς καὶ οἱ μετ’ αὐτοῦ; WEB: He said to them, “...
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How should we interpret Ecclesiastes 9:5 in the case of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

Ecclesiastes 9:5 (NASB): 5 For the living know that they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor do they have a reward any longer, for their memory is forgotten. Mark 12:26-27 (NASB): 26 ...
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Anarthrous “Son of God” in Mark 1:1 and 15:39

Mark 1:1 (ESV), 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God... Mark 15:39 (ESV), 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “...
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Why were the people of Gerasene afraid of the presence of Jesus?

We read at Mk 5:14-17 (NRSVCE), the immediate after-effects of the driving out of evil spirits by Jesus at Gerasene by allowing them to enter pigs: The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and ...
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Mark 10:17-18 - Aramaic word for ἀγαθὸς

We read in Mark 10:17-18 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said ...
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Why did Jesus have the authority to forgive sins, why did the scribes take it as a blasphemy, and was this authority also given to men in general?

In Mark 2:5-12 Jesus surprises the scribes by forgiving the sins of (and miraculously healing) a paralytic. The scribes took it as a blasphemy, as they believed that forgiveness of sins was a ...
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Why were the disciples sent in pairs in Mark 6:7?

Why were the disciples sent "two by two" by Jesus? I read it might have to do with cultural Jewish tradition of "two witnesses" being needed or desirable to corroborate a fact, or ...
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What is “all creation” in Mark 16:15?

I've read this passage: He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15 What does "all creation" mean? Why not "all humans"?
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What evidence is there that Mark could have been dependent upon Luke?

There are approximately 106 pericopes shared by Mark & Luke (see Synoptic Abstract by Tyson & Longstaff). Most hold to the view that this shared material - and the frequency of its common ...
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Does Mark 4:10-12 register as a “riddle?” If so, what is the resolution to this riddle?

How should we understand the message of this difficult passage? Albeit, it is not a “classic” example of a riddle and might therefore better be classified as a “puzzling” passage. We know the Bible ...

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