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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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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 ...
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What is the nature of the 'ministry' the angels gave Jesus in Mark 1:13?

Mark 1:13 (KJV) And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. Parallel text Matthew 4:11 (KJV) Then the ...
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In Mark - What is the Basis for a House of Prayer for all Nations?

1. Question In Mark, was Jesus expecting Jews and Non-Jews in the Temple? What are the Biblical bases for this? Does the Hebrew text clarify this? 2. The Text : NASB, Mark 11:17 - And as he ...
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Fig Tree and Temple Cleansing Chronology > Mark 11:12-33 vs Matthew 21:12-27

Synoptic Accounts Matthew and Mark have different arrangements of the chronology of Jesus' withering of the fig tree: Matthew has Jesus' triumphal entry (1) and clearing of the temple (2) on day one ...
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In Mark 8:22–26, why does Mark put the healing account between the rebuke of the Pharisees and disciples?

In Mark 8:22–26, why does Mark put the healing account between the rebuke of the Pharisees and disciples? NIV Mark 8:22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus ...
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Is Jesus's crown of thorns a callback to Adam's curse of thorns?

Could the crown of thorns described in Mark 15:17 be an attempt by the writer to strengthen the relationship between Christ as the second Adam and the first Adam who is cursed in Genesis 3:18 with an ...
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Does Mark 13:24 suggest that Jesus believe the moon had its own light source?

According to mainstream science, the moon gets its light from the sun. The moon shines because its surface reflects light from the sun. And despite the fact that it sometimes seems to shine very ...
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Why do some texts have αὐτὸν in this verse, whereas others do not? (Mark 12:34)

The NA28 text gives the following version of Mark 12:34. καὶ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἰδὼν [αὐτὸν] ὅτι νουνεχῶς ἀπεκρίθη εἶπεν αὐτῷ· οὐ μακρὰν εἶ ἀπὸ τῆς βασιλείας τοῦ θεοῦ. Καὶ οὐδεὶς οὐκέτι ἐτόλμα αὐτὸν ...
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Why does ὅλης have predicate position in Mark 12:30?

Here is the NA28 text for Mark 12:30: καὶ ἀγαπήσεις κύριον τὸν θεόν σου ἐξ ὅλης τῆς καρδίας σου καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς ψυχῆς σου καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς διανοίας σου καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς ἰσχύος σου. And here is my ...
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To whom was Christ referring to as “little ones” in Mark 9:42?

(KJV)Mark 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. Was Christ ...
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Archaeological or Historical Support for the Gerasene Pigs

In Mark 5:13 the number of pigs grazing on the hillside in the "region of the Gerasenes" is cited as 2000: 3He gave them permission, and the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs, and ...
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How to reconcile Mark 2:25-26 with 1 Samuel 21:1-5?

1 Samuel 21:1-5 (NKJV) 1 Now David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech was afraid when he met David, and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one is with you?” 2 So David said ...
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Was the Son of David expected to bring mercy?

Matthew, Mark, and Luke record blind men calling out to Jesus. For example (NET): 27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, shouting, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” (Matthew 9:...
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Why does the KJV add “desire” to Mark 11:24?

Mark 11:24 ESV: Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24 KJV: Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, ...
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In Colossians 2:20-23, is the author of Colossians saying that precepts from the Torah are of human origin?

In Colossians 2:20-23, is the author of Colossians saying that precepts from the Torah are of human origin?: ISV Col 2:20 If you have died with the Messiah to the basic principles of the world,...
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Is the Gospel of Mark arranged as a chiasm or parallel structure?

This question was inspired by a similar question about the Gospel of John: Is the Gospel of John arranged as a chiasm?. I have reason to believe that the same question about Mark can be answered in ...
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Omission of “take up the Cross” Mark 10:21

Why do many modern Bibles omit the words "take up the cross" in Mark 10:21?
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In Mark 7:3, what is the function of πυγμή?

In Mark 7:3, what is the function of πυγμή?: WH Mark 7:3 οἱ γὰρ Φαρισαῖοι καὶ πάντες οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι ἐὰν μὴ πυγμῇ νίψωνται τὰς χεῖρας οὐκ ἐσθίουσιν, κρατοῦντες τὴν παράδοσιν τῶν ...
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In 1 Timothy 4:4-5 is “Paul” saying, for example, that if you eat pig or crawfish but give thanks then they will not harm you?

In 1 Timothy 4:4-5 is "Paul" saying, for example, that if you eat pig or crawfish but give thanks then they will not harm you?: 1Ti 4:4 For everything God created is good, and nothing should be ...