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

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In Mark 11:17, what is the proper context to drive the correct understanding of the phrase, "but you have made it a den of theives?

Mark 11:15-17 (MEV): 15 And they came to Jerusalem. Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who sold and bought in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the moneychangers ...
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Who does the unclean spirit mean by “us” in Mark 1:24?

In Mark 1:23-24, Jesus, having gone into a synagogue encounters a man with an unclean spirit: And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, "What have ...
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Scarlet or Purple?

I was talking with a friend, and he offered this up as a contradiction between the two accounts. When Jesus is about to be crucified, during his flogging Matthew says the soldiers clothed him in ...
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Are angels creatures (Mark 16:15) and can they repent (Rev 2:5 and Rom 8:21)

Alright guys go easy on me...only have a high school education here. What I don't get is why according to Strongs there are only 7 instances in which it refers to messenger and ALL 179 of the other ...
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Does the unknown authorship of Mark negatively affect its historical claims?

Does the fact that the scholarly consensus regarding the authorship of Mark is that John Mark did not actually write the gospel affect it's historical credibility? What internal data from Mark's ...
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Strange use of tenses in Mark 11:24

In Mark 11:20-26 Jesus addresses Peter and the other disciples about the fig tree that he caused to wither earlier in Mark 11:13-14. Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if ...
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Why does the ESV say the tree withered from the top down, while other translations say the tree withered from the roots up?

I was comparing translations when I noticed this difference in Mark 11:20-21. As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to ...
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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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Difference in meaning between the Greek words “νοέω” (perceive) and “συνίημι” (understand)

In Mark chapter 8 verse 17 Jesus is rebuking his disciples for not understanding his message regarding the leaven of the Pharisees: καὶ γνοὺς ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγει αὐτοῖς Τί διαλογίζεσθε ὅτι ἄρτους οὐκ ...
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Why does Mark 10:21 in the NKJV include take up your cross where other translations do not? [duplicate]

In Mark 10:21 Jesus says And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come,...
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Is there any significance to John the Baptist's diet?

In Mark 1:6, John the Baptist is described, "John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey." (NIV) The description of John's ...
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In Mark 14:43 what were the staves the mob was carrying?

[Mark 14:43 KJV] 43 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. ...
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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 the definite article in 'Abba, Father'?

In both Jesus' prayer : Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee. Mark 14:36. [KJV.] and in Paul's epistles : For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have ...
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Per Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3 why did John the Baptist preach the “baptism of repentance” and not “repent” for the forgivness of sin?

John the Baptist never told any one to directly repent of their sin. He preached the "baptism of repentance" for the forgiveness of sin. Is there a significant difference in the two concepts?  ...
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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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In Mark 14:3 would breaking the box be normal?

Before pouring the expensive oil out onto Jesus' head she broke the box/flask: BLB Mark 14:3 And of Him being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, of Him having reclined, a woman came having ...
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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's the significance of the 3-hour darkness at Calvary?

I am still wondering at the best way the Gospel could be read when it comes to the events that took place at Calvary. I understand that Jesus was alarmed and demanded to know why God had abandoned him ...
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What's the difference between Jesus being unable to escape notice in Mark 7:24 and him hiding himself from the Pharisees in John 8:59?

In Mark 7:24 it says Jesus got up and went away from there to the region of Tyre. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; yet He could not escape notice. The same event is ...
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In Mark 12:36 is being seated at God's right hand a position of equality or dependence?

ESV Mark 12:36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
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The use of “child/children” in the Gospel of Mark

How does Mark 9:36's use of the word "child" compare to the reference of "servant" through the rest of Mark's gospel?
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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 12:35, who is teaching in the temple?

In Mark 12:35-37 Jesus poses a question to a crowd, concerning the title that the scribes at Jerusalem (Gk. grammateiswhich could also mean scholars) had for the Anointed One, that being 'the son of ...
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In Mark 8:14-16 and Matthew 16:5-7 why did the disciples think the “leaven of the Pharisees” was about them forgetting to take bread?

14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat. 15 Then he charged them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and ...
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In Matthew 11:10 where does Matthew/Jesus get the reading “before *your* face”?

In Matthew 11:10 we read that Christ said of John the Baptist in reference to his role of heralding and preparing the way for Christ: Matthew 11:7-10 (DRB) 7 And when they went their way, Jesus ...
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What is the emphasis of καταμόνας, katamonas. in Mark 4:10?

And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. KJV - Mark 4:10 καταμόνας contains the feminine plural of μόνος (meaning 'alone') together with the prefix ...
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Markan priority, Q, and the parable of the mustard seed

I am familiar with and generally accept the current consensus of the writing of the gospels: Mark was written first Q is not extant but was thought to be a common source for Matthew and Luke Matthew ...
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In Mark 10:18 are there linguistic clues on how Jesus' response to the rich young ruler is to be interpreted?

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. This can either be interpreted as confirming or disconfirming Christ's divinity. Are there any cues from ...
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Are there any linguistic (especially Greek) cues on how Mark 10:18 is to be interpreted?

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. This can either be interpreted as confirming or disconfirming Christ's divinity. Are there any cues from ...
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What is the “world” in Mark 16:15?

Would it be accurate to say that the word "world" in Mark 16:15 refers to "man-made systems" of the world? Like political systems, judicial systems, social systems, even technology systems? It seems ...
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Why is it only Matthew who records Peter walking on water in Matthew 14:26-31?

(KJV) Matthew 14:26 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, ...
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In Mark 15:39 what is the function of ὁ in οὗτος ὁ ἄνθρωπος υἱὸς θεοῦ ἦν?

Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] Mark 15:39 Ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ κεντυρίων ὁ παρεστηκὼς ἐξ ἐναντίας αὐτοῦ ὅτι οὕτως ἐξέπνευσεν εἶπεν Ἀληθῶς οὗτος ὁ ἄνθρωπος υἱὸς θεοῦ ἦν. This is normally rendered with ὁ ...
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In Mark 5:30 did Jesus say “who touched my clothes” or “who grabbed my clothes”?

Compare the word translated as touch in the two examples below: Mark 5:30 (KJV) 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and ...
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In Mark 10 did Jesus predict the martyrdom of John bar Zebedee?

The longstanding view of John bar Zebedee's life was that he authored at least five texts (the Fourth Gospel, the three Johannine letters, and the Revelation), mentored the likes of Papias, Ignatius, ...
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Is Mark 6:3 an allusion to Proverbs 8:30?

New American Standard Bible Mark 6:3 "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?" And they took offense at ...
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How should Mark 3:14 be translated?

There is a significant textual variant in Mark 3:14 and a range of variant translations indicating that the passage is not at all straightforward. How should the textual and translation issues be ...
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In Mark 9:24 what is the father requesting?

How should the verse be translated?: Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] εὐθὺς κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου ἔλεγεν Πιστεύω· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. Is it a reasonable request? Does Jesus in fact come ...
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Who was the author of Mark?

The Wikipedia page on the Gospel of Mark claims (emphasis added): Most scholars also reject the tradition which ascribes it to Mark the Evangelist, the companion of Peter, and regard it as the work ...
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To whom does 'he' refer to in Mark 1:10?

Mark 1:10 (KJV): 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: There seems to be some ambiguity in the above text. I'm ...
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Did the women tell the disciples or did they say nothing to anyone

Mark 16:8 So they left the tomb and ran away, overwhelmed with shock and amazement. And in their fear they did not say a word to anyone. Matthew 28:8 So they hurried away from the tomb in fear ...
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The Inerrant Word of God, (ref Mark:16:9-20) [closed]

I don't doubt that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, because I believe that God is big enough to ensure the accurate representation of Himself and His creation's relationship to Him. ...
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What is the significance with the skull of Golgotha?

King James Version. Matthew: And when they came to a place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a skull). Mark: And they brought him to the place called Gol'gotha (which means the ...
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When does Jesus not heal?

It seems Jesus does not heal everyone. Mark 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. So also in Luke: Luke 5:15 But so much ...
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Why is the crowd at the feeding of the 5000 described as “colourful” in some translations?

In The Living Bible, Mark 6:39-40 is rendered: Then Jesus told the crowd to sit down, and soon colorful groups of fifty or a hundred each were sitting on the green grass. I was puzzled by the word ...
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Mark 14:51-52; 16:5-6. The two young men!

51 And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: 52 And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. -- Mark ...
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What are the arguments against Marcan Priority?

Closely Related: - What are the arguments in favor of Markan priority? - What are the arguments in favor of Matthean Priority? What are the objections against Marcan Priority? Wikipedia, Marcan ...
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Why wasn't Jesus condemned for annulling Moses' law in Mark 7?

In Susan's answer to the question "Does Jesus Really Declare 'All Foods Clean?'", she seems to go into a long and seemingly well-argued explanation that arrives at the apparently added text in Mark 7:...
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Love your neighbors and enemies, but hate your family?

In the gospel of Luke, I find this : Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, No; but rather division: For from now on there shall be five in one house divided, three ...
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In Mark 1:13, in what manner was the Lord Jesus Christ “with the wild beasts”?

Only in the Markan gospel (1:13) do we find that the Lord Jesus Christ “was with the wild beasts” (ἦν μετὰ τῶν θηρίων) in the wilderness during his temptation by Satan. 13 And he was there in the ...