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The life of Jesus as presented by Matthew. The gospel covers His virginal birth to His death and resurrection. Matthew also presents Jesus as the Lion of Judah and the fulfillment of prophecy. It is placed first in the New Testament because many of the early church leaders believed it to be the first written. There are still a few scholars who hold to "Matthean priority."

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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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Do we know where the Matthew 2:6 prophecy is from?

Do we have a document recording that this was prophesied? Is it in the Old Testament somewhere? Matthew 2, KJV 4 And when he [Herod] had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people ...
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Why not “my Father”? Matthew 6:9

““Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our ημων Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭ Contextually it appears that Jesus is instructing the individual to pray “But you, when you ...
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What does προσκυνέω (translated *worship*) mean in Matt. 2:2?

There are many similar questions, and you will think it is a repeat unless you read the rest of the body. The magi seeking to worship a king seems strange. Even stranger is Herod's claim to want to ...
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Did Jesus set aside Deuteronomy 24:1 and replace it with Matthew 19:9 on the issue of certificate of divorce?

NIV Deuteronomy 24: 1 If a man marries a woman, but she becomes displeasing to him because he finds some indecency in her, he may write her a certificate of divorce, hand it to her, and send her away ...
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Does Paul put the Thessalonians under oath in 1 Thessalonians 5:27?

1 Thessalonians 5:27 reads (NKJV): I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren. According to Albert Barnes, the Greek of the expression in bold above "is ...
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Do not think I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets but to fulfil them? [duplicate]

Jesus did not do away with any thing of the Old Testament: Do not think I came to destroy the law or the Prophets but to fulfill them. - Matthew 5: 17 For that means to celebrate the holy days and ...
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Has the Kingdom of God arrived or not (Luke 11:20, cf. Matt. 3:2)?

Many passages appear to suggest that Christ's Kingdom arrived in the first century. Is this true, or are we to look forward to this kingdom? "Kingdom of Heaven" Matthew 3:2: "Repent, ...
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Is Matthew 17:14-21 implying that miracle-working faith can be attained through prayer and fasting?

Matthew 17:14-21 (ESV): 14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often ...
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Is faith a gift or earned through spiritual practices?

On the one hand, 1 Corinthians 12:9 seems to claim that faith is a gift: 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there ...
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What is the meaning of "the will of my Father" in Matthew 7:21?

"Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven". Matthew 7:21 Matthew 8:31-32 "And ...
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What is the significance of the pattern of miraculous births in the Bible?

There was a series of miraculous births in the Bible: Abraham and Sarah were married for a long long time before she gave birth to Isaac. Rebecca was barren for 20 years before she gave birth to ...
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Matthew 6:20 Is Jesus against believers saving their money in the bank?

Matthew 6 19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths ...
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What does "I desire Mercy, not Sacrifice" Mean? [duplicate]

Jesus said to go figure out what "I desire mercy, not sacrifice" means, and didn't explain it himself. So, what does this mean? Matthew 9:13, NASB - But go and learn what this means: ‘I ...
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Could Matthew 12:40b and Matthew 17:23a be both true literally?

Matthew 12:40b New International Version the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew 17:23a They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to ...
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Are the styles of verses like Matt. 17:11-12 or John 4:23 Hebraisms or something else?

The following two sets of passages are picked from several: Matthew 17:11-12: He answered and said, "Elijah is coming and will restore all things; but I say to you that Elijah already came, and ...
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Why does Jesus not allow some people who consider themselves good Christians (recognizing him as Lord and even doing works in his name) into heaven?

Some of the most chilling passages in the Gospels refer to people who thought they were saved and then hear the shocking words of the One they assumed was their Lord, telling them he does not know ...
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What did Second Temple Judaism think about the Messiah/Christ?

“But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26:63‬ ‭ What is understood by the Christ? ...
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Matthew 19:27 Has Peter forsaken everything to follow Jesus?

Matthew 19 25When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all ...
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Is it a boy or a girl in Matthew 18:2 [closed]

Matthew 18 1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “...
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Possible Gospel timeline contradiction regarding John the Baptist's imprisonment and the calling of the disciples [closed]

The chronology in Matthew 4 states that after Jesus' temptation, he heard that John the Baptist had been taken into custody, so he returned to Galilee and began his preaching ministry and called his ...
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How to reconcile John 1:41 and Matthew 16:17?

John 1:41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). Matthew 16 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I ...
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What is the significance of Jesus overturning "the seats of those selling pigeons" ? Matthew 21:12

Matthew 21:12 "he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons". ESV This is repeated in Mark 11:15. John 2:16 "And he told those who sold the ...
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What is the best translation of the participles in the Great Commission, Matt. 28:19-20?

All the verbs in the Great Commission are participles except for μαθητεύσατε ("make disciples). For example, πορευθέντες (going) is often translated as an imperative although it is a participle. ...
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When did Jesus the Nazarene as King of the Jews (Matthew 27:37) fulfill the requirement for Melakim (Kings) of Yisrael from Deuteronomy 17:18?

If Deuteronomy 17:18 was the Law required for all Melakim (Kings) of Yisrael stating: "When he is seated on his royal throne, he shall have a copy of this Torah written for him on a scroll by the ...
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Is Matthew 25:40 establishing Proverbs 19:17 is a 'prophecy' about Jesus being King YHVH?

Wisdom חָכְמָה allowed מֶ֜֗לֶךְ King שְׁלֹמֹ֣ה Shlomoh (Solomon) to reveal Proverb 19:17 stating "He who is gracious to a poor man lends to YHVH, and He will repay him his reward." ( ...
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Acts 1:18 - Matthew 27:5 - Contradiction on Judas death & who purchased the field (silver coins) [duplicate]

Acts 1:18-19 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the ...
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Did Nineveh's style of repentance in Jonah 3:10 achieve both homeland security & spiritual salvation based on Matthew 12:41?

In contrast to a well-supported answer to the question "Does the Reward of Repentance in Jeremiah 18:8 refer to spiritual salvation (in Heaven) or homeland security (on Earth)?", we learn a ...
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How do we reconcile John 4:39-40 with Matthew 10:5-7?

In John 4, Jesus and His disciples linger (near the well?) until the Samaritans to come out to Him. When they invited Him to join them, He stayed with them 2 days: John 4:39-40: "From that city ...
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Does Matthew 28 indicate what are the qualifications required to baptize someone?

Matthew 28:19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Does Matthew 28 indicate who is allowed to baptize someone?
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What is the meaning of Mark 1:15 in light of Matthew 6:10?

Bright and early, Jesus spoke in Mark 1 (ESV): 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is ...
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Why in Matthew 22:8-9 does "wedding feast/ho gamos" change to "wedding feast/tous gamous"?

Matthew 22:8-9 8 Then he said to his servants, "The wedding feast [ho gamos] is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast [tous ...
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How does "chosen" relate to the wedding story of Matthew 22:1-14?

Matthew 22:1-14 "For many are called, but few chosen". ESV I think there are on this site at least three questions about aspects of this story but none asking about its conclusion at v14. ...
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Are the passages from Daniel 9:27, 12:7-10, and Matthew 24:15-21 not describing the same "abominable" force of "desolation"?

First, from the Book of Daniel we have: Daniel 9:27: “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; ...
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How to interpret "All who live by the sword, die by the sword..."

So of course this phrase, that is found nowhere in the Bible, is in reference to Matthew 26:52 which actually says 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all [πάντες] who ...
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How is the Sermon on the Mount, Matt. 5:17-20 in particular, consistent with grace?

The Sermon on the Mount stressed keeping the Law at an even higher level than the Pharisees, who were stricter about keeping the Law that most of the Jews. The Sermon on the Mount pushed keeping the ...
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Why does John's account of Jesus' beating differ than Matthew and Mark

John infers Jesus was scourged before sentence while Matthew and Mark say after. Or was it both? From Matthew 27: 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, ...
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Is there a unifying answer to the different predictions that the human participants would not die until they have seen the second coming?

Matthew 16: 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, ...
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Matthew 24:1-2 No stone left upon another, prophecy failed?

In Matthew 24:1-2 Jesus makes a prophecy about the temple buildings being totally destroyed and that not a stone shall lay upon another; 1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his ...
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Do the people in Matthew 27:52 die again after their resurrection? [closed]

Matthew 27:52-53 And the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and ...
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What "mighty works" was Sodom deprived of that would have prevented its destruction?

Jesus said, comparing Capernaum with Sodom: And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in ...
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Did Jesus practice eisegesis in Matthew 4:4 and Luke 4:4

It has been suggested here that these verses prove that Jesus practiced eisegesis simply because his OT source is not familiar. Is there a plausible source for his teaching which does not require ...
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Does "turn the other cheek" refer to a court tradition, not general violence?

We often hear "turn the other cheek". However, recently I've heard that being slapped in the context of Matt. 5:39-42 is referring to a court setting, not general violence. I'm no advocate ...
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What is so special about Jesus' resurrection in light of other people rising from the dead?

How is the resurrection of Jesus, His rising from the dead, different than all the former dead saints who were seen alive in Matthew 27:52-53? Matthew 27:52-53 says: 'And the graves were opened and ...
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Could Satan be speaking through Job's wife (Job 2:9)?

In the Book of Job, we initially read of Satan telling God: Job 1:11: "But put forth Your hand now and touch all that [Job] has; he will surely curse You to Your face" (emphasis added). ...
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Was there a gate in Jerusalem called the Eye of a Needle back at Jesus' time? [duplicate]

Matthew 19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. Was there a gate in Jerusalem called the Eye of a Needle ...
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What is the common theme for the word "baptize"?

G907 baptizō appears 80 times in the NT. ESV Mat 3:11 I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will ...
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What is the effect of "hallowed/hagiastheto" in Matthew 6:9 being an aorist imperative?

Matthew 6:9 "Pray like this; "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name". ESV I understand "hagiastheto" is an aorist imperative. "Beyond the Basics" page 720 ...
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Matthew 1:16 Father or Husband of Mary?

I found in Matthew 1 of the Peshitta, Joseph as a father to Mary and not husband! And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. (Matt 1:16 - KJV) ιακωβ δε ...
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Does Leviticus 16:10 foreshadow Matthew 4:1?

Leviticus 16:10 But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat. Matthew 4:1 Then ...

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