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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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Interpreting the variants in Jesus teaching on the unpardonable sin

Can anyone help me to understand why Jesus spoke of the unpardonable sin in different words? Are they the same instance and the Gospel Authors just changed the words a little? Or did Jesus repeat ...
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Can Jesus decide who will sit next to him on his throne or not? Revelation 3:21 vs. Mark 10:35-40

Revelation 3:21 (ESV): 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. vs. Mark 10:35-40 (ESV): 35 And James ...
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How did the disciples drive out demons, if not by prayer?

In Mark 9, Jesus drives a demon out of a child which his disciples could not drive out. In response to their question of why they could not drive the demon out themselves, he responds, This kind ...
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In Mark 3:20-12, did Mary, the mother of Jesus suspect that he was crazy?

Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine at his mother’s behest. This seems to prove that Mary believed in Jesus. I am wondering if, in Mark 3:20-21, Mary also thought Jesus was crazy like the ...
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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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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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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 did Jesus Christ confess ignorance about his second coming as recorded in Mark 13:32?

Mark 13:32 of the Young's Literal Translation bible says' And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known -- not even the messengers who are in the heaven, not even the Son -- except the ...
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Matthew 9:2-8 Why was "This man is blaspheming" considered an evil thought without knowing Jesus' identity?

I've been meditating on this amazing story of Matthew 9:2-8 and have a question: Why was "This man is blaspheming" classified as an evil thought without the knowledge of Jesus' identity ...
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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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Why did Jesus say, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34) appears to be a quote from Tehillim 22.2. Was Jesus saying G-D had forsaken him? Or was he merely quoting from Tehillim (Psalms) 22.2 (as an ...
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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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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 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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Did Jesus eat with idolaters?

Paul instructs believers not to eat with certain classes of sinners, including fornicators, drunkards, and idolaters. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a ...
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Did Jesus preach works-based salvation in Mark 10:17-21 and Luke 10:25-28?

17 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?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?...
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How might "one mind" in Philippians 2:2 compare with "your mind" in Mark 12:30?

"complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind." Philippians 2:2 ESV -One mind. mind/phroneo. "And you shall love the Lord your ...
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What is the significance of Mark 14:51? [duplicate]

Mark 14:51 51 Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him, 52 and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked. ...
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Is Psalm 85:13 a reference to the ministry of John the Baptist?

Righteousness shall go before him ; and shall set us in the way of his steps [Psalm 85:13 KJV] Righteousness shall go before Him and shall make a way for His footsteps. [Psalm 85:13 YLT] Malachi ...
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Why the added 'rise up' in Mark 3:26

Mark 3:24-26 says: And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, 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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What does it mean to "have salt amongst yourselves" Mark 9:49-50

What does it mean to have "salt among yourselves and be at peace with each other" in Mark 9:49-50 “Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can ...
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“...night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4)

In John 9:4, Jesus stated, ...night is coming, when no one can work. ESV, ©2016 The immediate context is that Jesus is healing a blind person. The first clause of the verse is: We must work the ...
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Difference in the number of demon-possessed men in gospels

Mark 5:1ff and Matthew 8:28ff talk about one demon possessed man and two demon possessed men respectively. How are the differences justified?
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In Mark 10:35–40, what does it mean to sit at the right or left hand of God?

Mark 10:35–40 (// Matt. 20:20–23) 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 And He said to them, “What do you want ...
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Why emphasize angels in heaven, why not just angels?

Two passages both emphasize the angels as being in Heaven “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:30‬ ‭ ‭ “For when they ...
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Was the kingdom in Exodus 19:6 fulfilled in Mark 1:15?

Exodus 19: 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you a will be for me a kingdom of priests ...
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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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Why did Jesus call the paralyzed man "son" in Mark 2:5?

The paralyzed man was carried by four men. Mark 2:3-5 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an ...
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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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In Mark 4:38, what does it mean to "care"?

[Mar 4:38 NLT] (38) Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, "Teacher, don't you care that we're going to drown?" [Mar 4:38 ...
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Why was Jesus going to walk past the disciples as they were rowing on the Sea of Galilee?

Mark records the famous walking-on-water miracle: Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he ...
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Was Andrew the first disciple of Jesus?

John 1: 40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John [the Baptizer] had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and ...
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Is "speaking against the Holy Spirit" not possible now?

Matthew 12:32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. I read in ...
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Mark 7:19 all foods clean: NKJV vs NIV

New King James Version Mark 7: 17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable. 18So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do ...
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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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Did Joseph of Arimathaea beg for or boldly request Jesus' body from Pilate?

I'm trying to understand Joseph's approach to Pilate. Mark and Matthew appear to be describing his approach in different ways. Did he ask boldly or did he beg for Jesus' body? Mark 15:43 Joseph of ...
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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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“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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Disciples' hard hearts in Mark 6:52 meant Jesus is unrecognized as Christ (instead of a Prophet like Elisha) for a greater miracle than 2 Kings 4:43?

Based on Mark 6:52 we notice the disciples' observations of previously Feeding 5,000-men from 5-Loaves during [Mark 6:41-44] was considered "hard-hearted" since the disciples did not ...
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Is there an obvious reason why we read of two demoniacs in Matt. 8:28-29 but only one is Mk. 5:2-3?

In the Gospel of Matthew, we are told that two demon-possessed men approached Jesus: Matthew 8:28-29: "When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-...
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When did Jesus declare all foods clean? [duplicate]

Leviticus 11: 4 “’There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially ...
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Mark 7:19 - Does Jesus Really Declare "All Foods Clean?"

The KJV and NASB transliterations of this verse do not seem to be 100% correct. Greek Word for word in Context "since not it enters her/he into mind/soul, rather/but, into the lower belly (...
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Give vs give back to Caesar/God

Berean Study Bible Mark 12:17 Then Jesus told them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” And they marveled at Him. Berean Literal Bible And Jesus said to them, "Give ...
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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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In Luke 8, why didn't Christ instruct the woman to appear before the priest?

After healing a man afflicted with leprosy Christ bids him to appear before the priests and offer sacrifices prescribed by the law Mark 1:40-43 NIV 40 A man with leprosy[h] came to him and begged him ...
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How does passing food through the body make all foods clean, as per Mark 7:19 in the modern versions?

The modern translations present a real conundrum with Mark 7:19. The traditional KJV has it as: Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging ...
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Is there any reason to think that Mark 7:19 has a later addition?

This is Mark 7:19 from the NIV: For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.) Every time I see a ...
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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, saying, ...
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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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