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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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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, when ...
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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 ...
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Did Jesus call his disciples before or after going to the Capernaum synagogue?

I have a question concerning a potential contradiction in the order of events in Galilee. In Luke 4:31-36, Jesus visits the Capernaum synagogue and heals the man of unclean spirits. Early in Luke 5, ...
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In Mark 14:34, is Jesus “sad about death”, “so sad he could die” or “going to be sad until he dies”?

In Mark 14:34, is Jesus "sad about death", "so sad he could die" or "going to be sad until he dies"? Mar 14:34 And he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and ...
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In Mark 14:33, what do ἐκθαμβέω and ἀδημονέω indicate about Jesus' emotional state?

BDAG defines ἐκθαμβέω like this: ἐκθαμβέω (s. ἔκθαμβος; Orph., Arg. 1217 [tmesis]; PGrenf I 53, 18=Mitt-Wilck. I/2, 131, 18 [IV A.D.]; TestAbr B 13 p. 118, 11 [Stone p. 84]) fut. 3 sg. ...
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Whose spirit is willing in Mark 14:38?

Towards the end of Mark 14, Jesus warns Peter to keep watch lest he fall into temptation: Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to Peter, "are you ...
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In Mark 4 what does Jesus mean by “the secret of the kingdom”?

In Mark 4, before explaining to his disciples the parable of the sower, Jesus tells them: [Mar 4:11 NIV] (11) He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on ...
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What does Mark 16:18 mean?

Mark 16:18 (NKJV) says: ... they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. This verse appears ...
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In Luke 22, How Should Prepare and Eat - be Translated from the Aorist Subjunctive?

Related: - In Luke 22:16: Does the Syntax Indicate if Jesus Was not Going to Eat THAT Passover? 1. Question: In Mark 14 and Luke 22, how should "Prepare" and "Eat" be translated from the Aorist ...
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What is the meaning of Mark 4:24–25

I have surveyed more than 10 commentaries on this, some comment on these verses specifically, and the ones that do disagree somewhat. It is not clear to me if the meaning of these words is clear, or ...
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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 the meaning of τί represent the translation “what” or “who” concerning Mark 4:24?

Many translations translate τί as "what" in Mark 4:24. However the Strong's concordance says that it may represent "who, which, what, why". Wiktionary also indicates this.. So is it "who you hear" ...
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Why did Jesus not allow demons to proclaim his name

In Mark 1:21-28, Jesus casts out a demon: Then they went to Capernaum. When the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people there were amazed by his teaching, because ...
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Social standing of first century physicians

In Mark 5:26, in telling the story of the woman who had been bleeding, Mark mentions: She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting ...
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Mark 13:10 - every nation or every Gentile?

In Mark 13:10, it states And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. (NIV) The word used here for nations in Greek is ἔθνος and the BDAG says it may be translated as Gentiles or Nations. ...
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In Mark 5:41 what does “talitha cumi” mean?

In Mark 5:41, Jesus speaks in Aramaic as he resurrects a young girl: Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Other translations ...
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In Mark 3, is it Jesus' family or friends who try to take him away

Mark 3:21 NLT "When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said." IN other versions it says "own people" or "friends" The greek was not very ...
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Did both thieves on The cross mock Jesus?

In the accounts of Matthew and Mark both thieves on the cross mock Jesus, but Luke's account says that one of them didn't mock Him but on the contrary he rebuked the other thief and said "Lord, ...
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What is the significance of omitting the definite article before the name Jesus in Mark 1:9?

Robert M. Price points out in The Christ Myth and Its Problems that Mark 1:9 omits the definite article [ὁ, tō, etc] before the name of Jesus, in contrast to the almost universal practice elsewhere in ...
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What is the meaning of Mark 12:34, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God?”

In Mark 12:34, Jesus tells the scribe, And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, "Thou art not far from the kingdom of God." (KJV) In his answer, the scribe recites "The ...
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Is there precedent (perhaps in Jewish tradition) for the usage of “Rabboni,” which is solely found consistently in John 10:26?

John 10:26 New International Version Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means "Teacher"). New Living Translation "Mary!" Jesus said. ...
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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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In Mark 5:9 does Jesus ask for a name or a title? And why did he ask?

Mark 5:9 ESV: 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 ...
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What is meant by “…all sins and blasphemies will be forgiven them.”

Reading Mark this morning, I came across Mark 3:28: "I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them." I have always been taught that one must confess their sins ...
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Does the cup in Mark 10:38-39 carry an allusion to the sacrament?

In Mark 10, when James and John ask Jesus that they be seated at his right and left in the kingdom, Jesus replies to them (verse 38): "You don’t know what you are asking," Jesus said. "...
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Why did Jesus request silence in Mark 8:30 and Luke 9:21? [duplicate]

After Peter received the revelation that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus asked the disciples to not make this known to anybody. Why did he do this? We know that in other instances he did not do this, for ...
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Why does Mark use “immediately” so often?

I noticed while reading Mark 1 that the word immediately (εὐθὺς) is used eleven times in this chapter. When I researched, I found a theory that it may have been Mark's way of portraying Jesus as the ...
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Were priests prohibited from tearing their garments

While studying an aspect of the crucifixion of Jesus (the seamless garment that the soldiers cast lots for), I came across a sermon transcript that said the following as part of its argument (...
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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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What are the implications of calling Jesus “the son of Mary” in Mark 6:3?

In Mark 6:3, Jesus is referred to by his community in an unusual way. The text was originally written in Greek, but to paraphrase a bit, an Aramaic translation would equate to something like: "Is ...
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Meaning(s) of “ἠγέρθη” in Mark 16:6

In Mark 16:6, the women come to the tomb of Jesus and are told by a young man in a white robe: ἠγέρθη, οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε· (NA28) He has been raised; he is not here. (ESV) Does “ἠγέρθη" necessarily ...
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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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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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In Mark 3 what does Jesus' response about the “strong man” mean in regards to exorcism?

In Mark 3:20-22, Jesus is accused of being "out of his mind" by his family, and of being "possessed by Beelzebul" by teachers of the law. In his response (v. 23-39), Jesus says "In fact, no one ...
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Does Mark 5:27-28 contain an allusion to Malachi 4:2?

"Healing in his wings" is described in Malachi 4:2. In Mark’s Gospel, the woman with a "discharge of blood for twenty years" stated her belief that if she touched Jesus’ garment ...
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What does it mean that the Son did not know the hour of his return in Matthew 24:36 // Mark 13:32?

I'm little lost here. Can somebody please help me with this? We have these two verses concerning the day when (as introduced in Mark 13:26 // Mark 24:30) the Son of Man returns in glory: But of ...
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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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Why are the crowds amazed when they see Jesus in Mark 9?

Mark 9:14-29 tells the story of the healing of a boy with a spirit that 'makes him mute' and causes some sort of seizure or fit. When Jesus arrives on the scene, the crowd "were greatly amazed" —...