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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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In what sense did the Father forsake Son?

Matthew 27:46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" (which means "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"). In what sense ...
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Could Mark 3:27 (“binding the strong man [Satan]”) and Revelation 20:2 (“Satan bound”) be equivalent?

It is commonly recognized that the "strong man" in the following verse is Satan: Mk. 3:27: “But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the ...
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Matthew 5:17-20 - to Fulfill the Law

Christ came to fulfill the Law? Matthew 5:17-20 English Standard Version Christ Came to Fulfill the Law 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to ...
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Was the 2-drachma tax collected for the temple in Mat 17:24?

Matthew 17:24 New International Version After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, "Doesn't your teacher pay the ...
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What is the significance that Jesus was using decreasing numbers in Matthew 13:8? [duplicate]

Matthew 13:8 ► New International Version Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop--a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Why not 30, 60, 100? What is the significance ...
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When does Peter's confession in John 6:69 occur relative to that in Matthew 16:16?

The chronology of John's Gospel often seems a bit difficult to follow. In the sixth chapter, Peter makes this declaration: John 6:69: "We have believed and have come to know that You are the ...
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Might we infer, based on Peter's divine revelation in Matthew 16:16, that the same happened earlier to Nathaniel in John 1:49?

Peter identified Christ in Matthew 16:16 by divine revelation. Can we assume the same occurred to Nathaniel in John 1:49? In both the Gospels of Matthew and John, we read of Jesus being identified as ...
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Does John 1:41-42 parallel Matthew 16:16-18, where Simon is also named “Cephas/Peter”?

In the Gospel of John, Christ names Simon "Cephas" (Peter): John 1:41-42: "[Andrew] found first his own brother Simon and said to him, 'We have found the Messiah' (which translated ...
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What does “fruit” in Mat 12:33 refer to?

I used to think that Mat 12:33 talks about how we discern false teachers: by examining his deeds/works. Either assume the tree to be good as well as its fruit good, or assume the tree to be bad as ...
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What kind of irony is in Matthew 27:17?

Matthew 27:17 New International Version So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?" ...
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What is the significance that myrrh is mentioned in both Matthew 2:11 and John 19:39?

Matthew 2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, ...
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What's wrong with flight on the Sabbath?

Matthew 24:20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. To what does this refer - why the concern about flight on the Sabbath?
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Should we view Matthew 7:22-23 and 25:41 as analogous, where each addresses the accursed who are told “depart from me”?

The two verses in question are these: Matthew 7:22-23: “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many ...
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How is it possible for Jesus to be quoted in the NT during moments of solitude (Gethsemane) or away from the disciples (Nicodemus, Pilate etc.)?

John 3 - Jesus teaches Nicodemus John 4 - Woman @ the Well John 17 - Jesus prays for his disciples + Believers John 18 - Jesus and Pilate Jesus' temptation(s) in the wilderness by Satan (in Matt. 4 &...
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Were the holy people raised to life the moment the curtain was torn in Matthew 27:51-53?

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to ...
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Could Deuteronomy 28:15-68 be symbolically referencing the Siege of Jerusalem (AD 70)?

The passages from Deuteronomy 28 are especially hard to read. While Israel often experienced great hardship and judgment as they fell away from God, many of the passages in this chapter seem to be ...
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What can we infer about the value of the gifts given to Jesus from the Magi from the term 'treasures' (thēsaurous)?

In Matthew 2:11, "On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and ...
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As Mary was too poor to offer a lamb after giving birth to Jesus, offering birds instead, does this prove the Magi had not yet pitched up with gold?

As Mary was too poor to offer a lamb after giving birth to Jesus, offering birds instead, does this prove the Magi had not yet pitched up with gold? Otherwise, she could have afforded to buy a huge ...
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What does Jesus mean with “Come unto me”?

In Matthew 11:28 one reads Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. What does "Come unto me" mean in this context? Other relevant questions on this ...
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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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Could the disciples not drive out the demon because of lack of faith or because of lack of fasting and prayer

Matthew 17:20 says it is because they had so little faith: Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. ...
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Was Jesus rich or poor? Matthew 2:11 vs. Matthew 8:19-20

Matthew 2:10-11 (ESV): 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. ...
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Are Jesus (Matt 5:27-30) and Paul (Rom 8:1-17) teaching different approaches to overcoming the sin of lust?

Matthew 5:27-30 (ESV): 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery ...
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Zechariah’s vision: one or two donkeys?

Jesus Enters Jerusalem - Gustave Doré 1832-1883 Triumphal Entry of the Messiah in Jerusalem This is Zachariah’s famous vision/prophecy: Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem!...
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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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How might the “magi from the east” (Matt. 2:1-2) have learned about the obscure birth of Christ, and its great significance?

The passages in question are these: Matthew 2:1-2: Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is He who has ...
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Trinitarian baptismal formula in Matthew 28:19 vs Didache 7:2

Both the Gospel of Matthew and the Didache present a very similar "Trinitarian baptismal formula": “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father ...
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Did Pilate say I call Jesus Christ?

In Matthew 27:17 & 22, Pilate makes the statement "Jesus called the Christ". The Greek word for "called" used here is legomenon, which according to Strong's #3004 means "...
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possible translation of Matthew 25:3?

Matthew 25:3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. Can this verse be translated as The foolish ones took their lamps that take no oil in them
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According to Matthew 5:19 aren't we supposed to keep the law [duplicate]

Matthew 5:19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these ...
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In the parable of the ten bridesmaids, why wouldn't those who had oil share with those who had none?

Matthew 25 1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones ...
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Does prayer, itself, deter temptation (Matthew 26:41)?

γρηγορειτε και προσευχεσθε ινα μη εισελθητε εις πειρασμον [TR, undisputed] Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation [Matthew 26:41 KJV] One could add punctuation and say 'Watch, and pray ...
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Mary's expensive perfume vs Judas 30 pieces of silver

John 12: 3 Then Mary took about a pint of expensive perfume, made of pure nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. ...
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Does the passage in Matthew 24:37 make a case for a literal interpretation of the Genesis?

Well, I would like to know with the passage Matthew 24:37 "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man." implies that we have to have a literal ...
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Is perfection attainable according to Matthew 5:48? [duplicate]

Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Is this attainable? Would Jesus ask for the impossible?
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Do spiritual beings come to people in a dream or are they projected into the mind's capability to imagine?

All passages in RSV (Revised Standard Version). But God came to Abim′elech in a dream by night, and said to him (...) Genesis 20:3 Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ...
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How to reconcile Matthew 24:36 and Revelation 22:12a?

Matthew 24:36 But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Revelation 22:12a Look, I am coming soon! We know that Christ will return ...
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Does the promise “he will save his people from their sins” in Matthew 1:21 entail victory over sin (holiness) or just forgiveness of sins?

Matthew 1:21 (ESV): 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Does the aforementioned verse promise freedom from the bondage of sin or ...
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In Matthew 16:28, was Jesus promising that he would return in the time of his followers? [duplicate]

Well, sorry if my question is dumb, but I'd like to know if my question is true or it's more a question of interpretation. Anyway, if it's true how would this impact on the rest of New Testament? ...
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did Jesus come to bring peace?

Did Jesus really come to bring peace or is there a contradiction? We have; Matthew 5:38–39 “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a ...
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How are we to understand Jesus' words in Matthew 7:21-23, and how do they apply to us today?

Christ speaks some very harsh words in the Gospel of Matthew: Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who ...
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Why are few who find the narrow path to life? Matthew 7:13-14

Matthew 7:13-14 (ESV): 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is ...
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How can we reconcile Matthew 5:34 & Revelation 10:6? [duplicate]

Matthew 5:34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; Revelation 10 5Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right ...
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“Let the dead bury the dead” Matt 8:21,22 How does Jesus' rebuke of a follower here hold water when it comes to honoring one's Father or Mother

"Let the dead bury the dead" Matt 8:21,22 There are at least 35 bible verses (Ex 20:12; Lev 19:13, for example) that talk about the importance of honoring one's Father or/and Mother and yet ...
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In Matthew 15:26 who are the children, the dogs and what is the bread?

“And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:26‬ ‭ And in context why would the children need the bread that the dogs are asking ...
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When Jesus says “if any man would come after me, let him deny himself” is he using a idiom of the era or has his phrase since become an idiom?

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. I was wondering whether or not the phrase "deny ...
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Matthew 23:37 Jerusalem Jerusalem

This kind of language and presentation (poetic) is Tanakh style and not the way Jesus is portrayed by the greek bible. Any findings on why Jesus is projected to have used this language. Matthew 23:37 ...
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Teacher vs Instructor

Why does Jesus make a distinction between a Teacher and an Instructor? He uses the word Rabbi for the former and Messiah for the latter. Matthew 23:8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you ...
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Will the messiah save us from sin or will the messiah come to those who repent

I see in Matthew chapter 1, it talks about the messiah saving his people from their sins. But Tanakh talks about the messiah coming to those who repent. How do we reconcile these two? Matthew 1:20 ...
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Are Paul (1 Cor 15:52) and Jesus (Matt 24:29-31) describing the same event, and if so, when will/did this happen?

In Matthew 24:29-31, Jesus describes what is commonly known as the "The Coming of the Son of Man": 29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon ...

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