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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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Mark 3:19 versification question

I was teaching from Mark 3 using the NRSV and asked for someone to read starting in v19b (after the section break). 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Jesus and Beelzebul Then he went home; 20 ...
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Why does no historian speak of the torn veil and how do we reconcile it with scripture?

There are three gospel accounts that mention the torn veil: Matthew 27:51 NKJV - Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were ...
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Where did Jesus perform the “Feeding of the 4,000"?

Matthew 15:29-39 NKJV 29 Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, ...
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Why are there 2 variants of "feeding of the multitude" in Mark and Matthew?

Given the similarities between the two accounts (feeding the 4000 vs the 5000), it seems that these are two variants of the same event. What are the scholarly opinions about this?
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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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Where did Jesus Christ claim to be God? [closed]

I need help on trying to find scriptures in all the four gospels where Jesus claims to be God!
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When was the Gospel of Mark written?

We have a variety of questions on the provenance of the Gospel of Mark, such as: Can we date Mark without first committing to an interpretation of the Olivet Discourse? Who was the author of Mark? ...
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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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What does "the gospel" mean in Mark 1:15?

Mark 1:15 "...The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel". ESV. My emphasis. In Mark 1:15 Jesus was near, or at, the beginning of His ...
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Why did the Lord Jesus curse the fig tree? [duplicate]

Mark 11:12-25, Matthew 21:18-22 Jesus curses the fig tree. In Mark, especially, this episode is embedded in the sequence of Jesus' announcements that the Son of Man will die and be resurrected in ...
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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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What is the reason for the difference between Eloi and Eli?

Mark 15:34, And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46, And about ...
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Can we date Mark without first committing to an interpretation of the Olivet Discourse?

Most scholars believe Mark is the earliest biography of Jesus. (Paul's writings and perhaps one or two other New Testament letters are earlier, but they include very little biographical material ...
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Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?

Here's a story Jesus told about David according to Mark 2:23-28 (ESV): One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And ...
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Where did the demons go?

After Jesus allowed the demons to enter the herd of swine, Mark 5:13, what happened to the demons? The swine all drown, but the demons? The demons cannot be omnipresent according to this account in ...
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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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Abiathar or Ahimelech....Who got it wrong? [duplicate]

In Mark 2:25 Jesus names Abiathar as the High Priest who gave David the show bread. In 1 Samuel 21:1 it is recorded that David came to Ahimelech the priest who gave him the show bread. Who got it ...
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Who made the request to sit at Jesus side?

In Matthew 20:20-28 we read 20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She ...
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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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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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Did Judas realize his sin at the moment of the kiss?

In my studies of the Gospel of Mark, I’ve stumbled upon an interesting differentiation in the words used for “kiss” as found in Mark 14:44-45. The sign that Judas was to use to allow the captors to ...
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The Son of man coming with the clouds or on a horse?

There are at least three different appearances by Jesus in the end times; And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will ...
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Does the Amplified (classic) give a trustworthy version of Mark 4:23-25?

Here is the passage... Mark 4:23-25 (AMP Classic Edition) 23 If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend. 24 And He said to them, Be careful what ...
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Who does the phrase "I am" indicate in Mark 12:26 and John 8:58? What are the arguments if there is contrast?

Mark 12:26 American Standard Version But as touching the dead, that they are raised; have ye not read in the book of Moses, in the place concerning the Bush, how God spake unto him, saying, I am the ...
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How are we to view Romans 8:1,2, which speaks to a new "spirit of life" in Christ Jesus, in light of Jesus' command in Mark 12:30, to put God first?

If the greatest commandment is to: Love God with all heart; soul; mind; and strength, as directed by Christ Jesus, in answer to a scribe's question, then what are we to make of Paul's statement, which ...
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Why did Jesus send the man born blind to the pool of Siloam?

When Jesus healed the man born blind in John 9, he sent him to the pool of Siloam: 1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth... 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ...
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Was Simon of Cyrene an accidental choice?

We read in Mark 15:21, of an incident in the Passion of Jesus: A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him ...
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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 does Mark identify the lake in Galilee as the "Sea of Galilee"?

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus spends a large amount of the narrative in and around a body of water the author calls the "Sea of Galilee". Many have pointed out that there is no such body of ...
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Is Peter's original denial of Christ Jesus the only time that Peter denied Jesus? [closed]

The New Testament, all of the gospels including other gospels not recorded in the New Testament - are there other denials by Peter?
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In what sense is divorce and remarriage "adultery" according to Jesus?

Jesus taught that if a man would divorce his wife and marry another, he would commit adultery (all NKJV, emphasis added): "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual ...
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What does it mean in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14 when the text says, "Whoso readeth, let him understand"?

I have seen that this remark is a redaction, but most reliable sources say that it was included in the original texts sometime in the 1st Century, most likely 66-70 CE. Commentaries over the direct ...
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Jesus' command to give something to eat to Jairus' daughter

Does Jesus' command to the father and mother of the damsel - after He had raised her, that something should be given her to eat - indicate that they had been starving her to death? (Mark 5:40-43) ...
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Luke 4 - how does he know that Jesus read the Isaiah scrolls?

How would Luke know about Jesus reading the Isaiah scrolls and confirming “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”? Why does Matthew 13 or Mark 16 not mention this when talking about the ...
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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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Reason for word order in Mt. 19:29 Mk. 10:29-30? Ommission of "fathers" in Mk. 10:30?

Matthew 19:29: And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall possess ...
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Why are fathers missing in Mark 10:30?

Mark 10:29 mentions father, but Mark 10:30 doesn't. Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake ...
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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 does Jesus mean by "they will....kill him" in Mark 10:34?

Mark 10:34 ESV "And they will mock him and spit on him and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise". [My emphasis] Here the act of killing is performed by "they"...
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Is Mark 9:24 self-contradictory?

Mark 9:24 NKJV Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” How can a person believe and not believe at the same time? Note: This question ...
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Was υἱοῦ θεοῦ a latter addition to Mark 1:1?

Dick Harfield mentions that the phrase "Son of God" (υἱοῦ θεοῦ) does not appear in Codex Sinaiticus (nor in Origen). Is it reasonable to assume on this basis that the phrases was a later addition to ...
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“Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” - was Jesus referring to tithing in Mark 12:17?

Mark 12:17 (NIV) reads: 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” What is God's that we have to give back to him? Was Jesus referring to tithing?
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Was the "abomination of desolation" Caligula's proposed statue in the Temple?

In Mark 13:14 (and similarly in Matthew 24:15) Jesus is reported as saying: "When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—...
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Is it universally agreed by experts that the unpardonable sin either is unbelief or leads to unbelief as a result?

I understand why there are different interpretations of Matthew 12:31-32 and Mark 3:28–29. To me, Biblical hermeneutics show that someone can’t believe in Jesus as their Messiah, or even want to be a ...
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What kind of mark did YHWH leave on Cain?

What mark did YHWH leave on Cain? Gen 4:15 - “Not so!” replied the LORD. “If anyone slays Cain, then Cain will be avenged sevenfold.” And the LORD placed a mark on Cain, so that no one who found him ...
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What made the centurion think that Jesus was different from the wrongdoers already crucified by him?

When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!" NAU Mark 15:39 How does the use of the verb &...
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Historical basis for 'evangelion' in specific military context?

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the son of God. I heard a sermon once that claimed the word evangelion (good news, gospel) as used in Mark 1:1 was meant to specifically refer to a ...
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Why was Barabbas in prison?

It seems that there are varying accounts of the problems with Barabbas. John 18:40 Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber. Another in Mark: ...
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Was Mark A Scribe?

Given that the ability to write was an unusual skill in the time of the composition of the Gospels, would Mark have been likely to have been a scribe? I mean if the tradition of Peter dictating to ...
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What was the deeper meaning of Mark 8:18?

Jesus said in Mark 8:18 (KJV): Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? What was the essence of his teaching?

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