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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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How can the kingdom of heaven be like a man?

Matthew 13:24: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed...." I'm stumped by how a kingdom can be like a man. Is there something in the original language that gives insight into this? ...
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How do those who reject Q explain Matthew 5:38-48 and Luke 6:27-36?

Matthew 5:38-48 from the Sermon on the Mount and Luke 6:27-36 from the Sermon on the Plains are clearly related, but there are also substantial differences including reorderings. I've coloured the ...
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Matthew 10:22, to whom does “he” refer in the verse?

Matthew 10:22 (DRB): And you shall be hated by all men for my name's sake: but he that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved. Matthew 10:22 (KJV): And ye shall be hated of all {...
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Matthew 10:16, is it possible to be wise and simple in the same time?

Matthew 10:16 (DRB): Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves. Is it possible to be wise as serpents and simple as doves in the same ...
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(Luke 8:42-47 / Mark 5:25-35) Is Jesus Christ's Surprise Proof of Distinct Characteristic of the 3 persons in the Triune God/Trinity?

Is Jesus Christ's Surprise Proof of Distinct Characteristic of the 3 persons in the Triune God/Trinity? Luke 8:42-47 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 42 for he had an [c]only daughter, ...
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Matthew 5:3 why is the dative article omitted in English translations

Μακάριοι οἱ πτωχοὶ τῷ πνεύματι Why is the τῷ omitted in English translations? At face value, the proper translations appears to be Blessed are the poor in the spirit This is material to me, as I ...
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Are Matthew 11:6 and Luke 7:23 menace to the ungodly (impious)?

Matthew 11:6, Luke 7:23 (KJV): And blessed is {cf15I he}, whosoever shall not be offended in me. Matthew 11:6, Luke 7:23 (DRB): And blessed is he whosoever shall not be scandalized in me. ...
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Did a priest of the temple write Matthew's Gospel, or Matthew?

Why do people say Matthew wrote the gospel of Matthew when it says in chapter 27:10 - "And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me". Suggesting it is one of the priests of the ...
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In Matthew 5:35 who is the great king? Why swearing by the city of the great king is forbidden?

Matthew 5:35 (KJV); Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Who is the great king of the city of Jerusalem? Why Jesus forbid ...
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How did Peter recognize the OT prophets?

In Matt 17:4, how did Peter recognize Moses and Elijah?
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Why is the word “Christ” missing in Matthew 23:8 in some translations?

Matthew 23:8 NASB 8 >But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Matthew 23:8 KJV 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye ...
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How can we best interpret Matthew 24:5 in the Greek?

Full disclosure, I know very little Greek or Hebrew (apart from Strong's Concordance, etc.), but am a bit of a Bible nerd. I've added superscript letters in order to keep the person(s) clear in the ...
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Was it Peter only who received the keys of the kingdom in Matthew 16:19?

Matthew 16:19 NIV 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[d] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[e] loosed in heaven. Were ...
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How to understand 1 Corinthians 12:3 in the light of Matthew 7:21-23?

Paul clearly says that no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit 1 Corianthians 12:3 NASB 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking [a]by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is [...
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What is the meaning of the Greek words “born of women” as they relate to John the Baptist and to Jesus Christ?

In Matthew 11:11 Jesus says: Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist [KJV] I understand that the relevant Greek words here (and in Luke 7:28) are ‘...
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In Matthew 25:1-13, who do the 5 foolish virgins represent?

In Matthew 25:1-13, are the five virgins Christians? If so can they lose their salvation? (v12 truly I tell you I don't know you) or are they losing their inheritance, as they all had lamps?
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How to reconcile the power to forgive sins John 20:23, with ostensibly alternative paths to forgiveness?

With respect to seeking forgiveness, the penalty for sin and being saved by Grace; how is the teaching of the Lord's prayer and the lessons of faithful prayer to Our Father reconciled with the Christ'...
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Does the Greek text allow the Pope to change the Lord’s prayer from “and lead us not into temptation” to “and do not let us fall into temptation?

This is Matthew 6:13 / Luke 11:4, the Lord’s prayer. I’m not sure exactly when the Pope came out with this but understand it might have been early June 2019. This previous related question -"Do ...
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In Matthew 27:52, how were the bodies “raised” but only later “came out of the tomb”?

[Mat 27:50-54 NASB] (50) And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. (51) And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the ...
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What is the difference between the prophet's reward and the righteous man's reward in Matthew 10:41?

Matthew 10:41NASB 41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a ...
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What is “the same thing” that is being referred to in Matthew 26:44?

In Gethsemane Christ seemingly prays two different prayers before he prays the last one Matthew 26:39 NIV 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if ...
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Is there a herb or plant called “Locust” apart from the typical grasshopper or locust?

The food of John the Baptist was locust and wild honey. “And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.” (Matthew ...
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Become like little children - the meaning of child in Jesus statement

In Matthew 18, 1-5 Jesus gives children as an example of what people should become like if they want to enter the kingdom of heaven: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+18&version=...
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“You are the Christ the Son of the Living God.” Matthew 16:16 (NASB)

John 1:1 (KJV) 1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." In view of the above verse John 1:1 many believe that Jesus is God. Why then is Jesus , ...
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Why does Matthew use the Greek word 'seismos' in Matt. 8:24 instead of the 'lailaps' which is used in Mk 4:37 and Lk 8:23?

Matthew uses the Greek word 'seismos' in 8:24. This word is used 9 times in the NT and 8 of the 9 times it is translated as "earthquake." In Matthew 8:24 most translations translate it "storm" (NIV,...
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What does it mean to Kill the body and the soul

Matthew 10:28 "And be not afraid of those killing the body, and are not able to kill the soul, but fear rather Him who is able both soul and body to destroy in gehenna".(YLT). What is the meaning of "...
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Jesus Casts Out Demons Matthew 8:28-32

Matthew 8:28-32 NASB 28 "When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely ...
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In Matthew 21:17, why does Jesus leave Jerusalem and go to Bethany?

In Matt. 21:17 and Matt. 26:30 we’re told that Jesus left the city at night. Why would Jesus leave Jerusalem and sleep elsewhere? Why didn’t He just sleep in Jerusalem ? [Mat 21:17 NLT] (17) Then ...
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Wise Men from the East…but not Sheba and Tarshish?

So the two main Old Testament prophecies surrounding the wise men seem to be Psalm 72:10-11 and Isaiah 60:6: Both of these passages state the kings will come from Sheba, and Psalms mentions Tarshish ...
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In Matthew 8:17 is he saying that Jesus fulfilled Isaiah 53:4 by healing some people or by taking away all disease from his people?

Working only inductively from the text... In Matthew 8:17, is Matthew saying that as predicted Jesus healed some people in his ministry OR that Jesus dealt definitively with all human disease by "...
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What does πάντα ταῦτα (“all these things”) mean in Matthew 24:34? Does it include both tribulation and second coming of Christ or only one of these?

Matthew Ch. 24 is a discourse on eschatology. Jesus says that this generation will not passaway until "all these things" have taken place. What does "all these things" constitute of. This passage ...
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Could Matthew 28:18-19 be translated in the Koine Greek to be an exhortation and not a commandment as some may think?

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” Could this mean, ”while you are going out and about or while you are on ...
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“Do not lead us into temptation” is a bad translation?

In a sermon by Randy Pope, he mentions that "do not lead us into temptation" is a "horrible" and "misleading" translation of Matthew 6:13 (around the 11:40 mark). καὶ μὴ εἰσενέγκῃς ἡμᾶς εἰς ...
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Why did Jesus say “Be wise as serpents”?

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.10.16.KJV I've always known ...
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Are Jesus' words in Matthew 23:37 regarding Jerusalem killing prophets historic or predictive?

Are Jesus' words in Matthew 23:37 regarding Jerusalem killing prophets about past murders (which are not documented in history prior to the first century) or to the persecution that he and his ...
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In luke 17:30-31: was Luke referring to the coming of Christ or destruction of Jerusalem?

Luke 17:30-31 NIV 30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, ...
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Purpose of the Parables: Mark 4:10-12 and Matthew 13:10-16

Is a plausible reading of Mark 4:10-12 that Jesus teaches in parables to confuse those "on the outside" whereas in Matthew 13:10-16 Jesus claims to teach in parables in order to better instruct ...
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How to reconcile 1 John 4:15 with Mathew 8:29?

The fourth chapter of 1 John talks about how we should test every spirit, for not every spirit is of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. It says in verse 15: 1 John 4:15 ...
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How does Jude 1:7 say Sodom and Gomorrah serve as examples in undergoing punishment of eternal fire?

Jude 1:7 NASB 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after [g]strange flesh, are exhibited as an [h]...
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Who is the “them” in “them of old time”?

Matthew 5:21 says "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time..." (KJV) This term is also used in verse 27. Prior to verse 21 Jesus is talking about the law, and the scribes and ...
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Did God resurrect Moses?

We are initial told that when Moses died God buried him and no one knows his burial place Deuteronomy 34:5-6 NASB 5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to ...
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In Galatians 2:11 what is meant by “I opposed him to his face”?

[Gal 2:11 NASB] (11) But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. [Gal 2:11 MGNT] (11) ὅτε δὲ ἦλθεν Κηφᾶς εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν κατὰ πρόσωπον αὐτῷ ...
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Matthew 4:16 - are the “region” and “shadow” of death different things?

"...and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up." Matthew 4:16b KJV Is this verse is talking about two separate but related things, or just one thing? As an example......
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In Matthew 6:33 what are “God's Kingdom and righteousness”?

Matthew 6:33 (KJV): But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. What exactly is Gods Kingdom and his righteousness?
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How did he get in after all? Matthew 22:12

In this parable the king says “And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:12‬ ‭ I’m particularly interested in the ...
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Matthew 12:40 : Jesus resurrection day of the week

Are there any references to the day of the week when Jesus was resurrected besides Matthew 12:40 and following conclusion that it was Saturday night or Sunday early morning? Matthew 12:40 King James ...
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In Deuteronomy 8:3 why is “live” a future verb?

[Deu 8:3 ASV] (3) And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live ...
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In the context of Matthew 11:25 is “thank” the best translation of ἐξομολογοῦμαί?

[Mat 11:25 NLT] (25) At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: "O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing ...
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In Matthew 3:6 was Jesus' interview with John the baptizer modeled after rabbinic protocols for proselyte baptism?

I notice that 2nd temple period Jewish water ablution/baptism for proselytes involved certain protocols, such as: ..Our Rabbis taught: If at the present time a man desires42 to become a proselyte, ...
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Does Acts 2:7 suggest that all of the 120 of Pentecost were part of the lost sheep of the northern kingdom of Israel?

Galilee was "the northern kingdom" of Israel though that kingdom was no longer God's people. The scattered sheep were referred to as "the lost sheep of the house of Israel" aka "Ephraim". [Acts 2:7 ...

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