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Why did Jesus begin his ministry at age 30?

Why did Jesus begin his ministry at age 30? Jesus a sympathetic High Priest that can sympathize with our weaknesses. For this reason, he came to earth born as a man having flesh and blood, and ...
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Does Jesus Judge or Not?

The answer to the question does not lie in the statement but in the time/period. The first time Jesus was sent into the world His duty was to spread the Word of God to all men and not to judge anyone: ...
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When was Jesus rich? 2 Corinthian 8:9

Paul is very likely using a metaphor here. The word "rich" is often used in scripture without referring to earthly "wealth." Consider Christ's divinity. Prior to coming to Earth, ...
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Proper translation of John 1:1

Yes. This is a predicate nominative construction. That is, both θεὸς (God) and ὁ λόγος (the word) are in the nominative case, and they are joined by an equative verb (here, a form of "to be"). John 1:...
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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.)?

There are two common answers to this question: A. Inspiration All scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Tim. 3:16) On this view the authors learned of these details by revelation from God, ...
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In Matthew 16:18, was Jesus referring to Peter or himself when he said "upon this rock"?

I want to offer an alternate perspective, mostly because I think several faulty lines of reasoning have been proposed for why it is "unlikely" that πέτρα refers to Πέτρος. My response will ...
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Would a man looking at his own wife 'to desire her' be committing adultery according to Jesus at Matthew 5:28?

No, because it is impossible to commit adultery with one’s own wife. Adultery by definition is committed with another man’s wife.1 2 The context of Matt. 5:28 is adultery;3 therefore, the “woman” in ...
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John 8:57 and the age of Jesus, before his crucifixion

The Phrasing is Not a Direct Comment on Jesus being over 40 Years Old Irenaeus is in error with his logic here, partly because he is missing the context and particular significance of the statement. ...
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“Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” - why did the Jews want to throw stones at Jesus for saying this?

A Blasphemy Which Requires Stoning There are three points in the Fourth Gospel at which the Jews respond to something Jesus said by wanting to kill Him. The first is in Chapter 5; the second in ...
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If Jesus is God, how can we make sense of Him calling the Father "my God" in John 20:17?

This is a question on which it is difficult to be objective; I will attempt to offer an objective take (my own two cents in the conclusion only). I’ll probably fall somewhat short of any single ...
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When was Jesus made both Lord and Christ?

At birth, what titles did Jesus already possess? Luke 2:11 & 21 (NKJV) "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." "And when eight ...
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Did Jesus call God YHWH?

No. The tetragrammaton was not used in Jesus' time. Faithful Jews would avoid saying it so as to not transgress the third commandment. The most common circumlocution was "Lord" (Andonai in Hebrew or ...
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How can Jesus be God in light of Revelation 3v12

Jesus calls the Father, "My God" in many places such as: Matt 27:46, John 20:17, Rom 15:6, Eph 1:3, 17, 2 Cor 11:31, Heb 1:9, 1 Peter 1:3, Rev 1:6, 3:12. Therefore, the central question is, ...
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What is the difference in meaning between the phrases «Χριστός Ἰησοῦς» (“Christ Jesus”) and «Ἰησοῦς Χριστός» (“Jesus Christ”)?

I agree with the general consensus here that there probably isn't a great deal of meaningful semantic distinction between Χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς and Ἰησοῦς Χριστὸς. However, there's an incidental morphologic ...
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Was Joseph, husband of Mary, an architect or carpenter?

I have consulted Thayer, Young, Bauer, Strong and also Liddell & Scott regarding the word τεκτων tektwn Strong 5045 and there is general agreement that 'carpenter' is the best rendering suitable. ...
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Did Jesus read the Tanakh in Aramaic?

Did Jesus read the Tanakh in Aramaic? Probably not. Targums As Claude Tresmontant observed, "There were oral translations in Aramaic of the sacred books written in Hebrew; they were called ...
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Is the story of the magi in Matthew’s Gospel a parable?

I personally know New Testament scholars who believe this account was not a parable--so at the very least, I can confirm that such people exist. Verifiability One of the most useful metrics for ...
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In Colossians 1:15, what does “firstborn of every creature” mean?

The phrase in question is prōtotokos pasēs ktiseōs. But does this mean "firstborn of every creature" (distributive, as in the KJV), or "firstborn of all creation" (collective, as in ASV, RSV, NASB, ...
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What did Jesus mean by "on this rock, I will build my church"?

There seems to have been a very clear understanding among the Church Fathers that Jesus was referring to Peter's confession of faith and not to the person of Peter himself here. John Chrysostom (d. ...
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Is Jesus called YHWH in Joel 2:32/Romans 10:13?

In the old testament (and in many ANE cultures), "name" was a synecdoche for the person, but with the connotation that this is the mechanism by which the person was known. In modern English, ...
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Did Jesus mix metaphors?

First point, it was the apostle Matthew who reported Jesus' compassion for the weary multitudes who appeared (spiritually) as sheep having no shepherd. Then Matthew reports Jesus' actual words that ...
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Is Revelation 3:14 saying that Christ was created by God?

There are, though, passages from the Greek translation of the Hebrew, the LXX, that might be mentioned. They are: Gen.10:10; "beginning of the kingdom of him"-"arche tes basileias ...
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Is the "White Stone" of Revelation the "Urantia Book"?

The Bible Answers this as "No" Quoting you (all quotations are from prior to editing the "tone" of the question): Is the Urantia Book ("White Stone") foretold in The Book of Revelation 2:17 ? ...
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Did Jesus drink wine?

Jesus means none of the four things you noted Here is a slightly expanded context to the words you quote. John the Baptist had just sent messengers to confirm some things about Jesus (Lk 7:18-23). ...
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Was Jesus angry and if so why in Mark 1:41?

As Wikis noted, there are many Bible versions which render the Greek aor. pass. part. masc. sing. nom. verb CΠΛΑΓΧΝΙCΘΕΙC (σπλαγχνισθεις) as "moved with compassion, " or "moved with pity". The form ...
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In Matthew 21:4-5 and John 12:14-15, why did Jesus enter Jerusalem on a donkey?

It depends on what one sees as the point of fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies. If you mean "is the only reason to ride a donkey because it matches the prophecy" as being a formulaic fulfillment ...
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