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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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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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What was the intent of Jesus' question : " Who touched me "?

There is a scholarly debate as to whether Jesus healed by His own power or by that of the Father's power. Good arguments can be made both ways and I have a definite view that is not germane to this ...
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Why does no historian speak of the torn veil and how do we reconcile it with scripture?

The most likely explanation is that no one witnessed the invent, and the torn curtain/veil was not noticed until much later. When it was eventually discovered, Christians saw a correlation between the ...
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What is the meaning of Luke 3:8?

Luke 3:8 is essentially a caution to the Israelites against complacency and against relying on their ancestory or bloodline to justify them before God. John as the preparer of the way - is calling for ...
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Is there any ambiguity in Luke 2:5 to whether Mary and Joseph were already married?

There are three variants of the Greek text here: (a) ... τῇ μεμνηστευμένῃ αὐτῷ γυναικί ... ("his betrothed wife") (b) ... τῇ μεμνηστευμένῃ αὐτῷ ... ("his betrothed") (c) ... τῇ γυναικί ...
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In Luke, Jesus speaks about the righteous not needing a physician. Just who were the righteous? (Luke 5:31)

To answer your main question, there are none righteous in Luke 5:31. Christ is speaking ironically here. Even though His metaphor about the healthy people not needing a doctor (symbolic for sinners ...
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Why did the disciples have so much trouble recognizing Jesus after his resurrection?

In the first case, Mary was exceedingly upset. 'They have taken away my Lord and I know not where they have laid him.' Grief overcame her. And frustration, that she could neither find Jesus nor lay ...
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What's wrong with being wise and learned that warrants being denied by God the secrets of His kingdom? Luke 10:21

The point isn’t so much about being LESS wise and LESS learned. No, rather the point is to be humble, because knowledge can cause the possessor to become puffed up or conceited, arrogant. “If anyone ...
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Luke 5:37-38 - KJV "bottles" vs. NKJV "wineskins"?

The word used in the Greek original is ἀσκός “skin, hide”, but usually a “skin made into a bag, wine skin”. http://perseus.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/philologic/getobject.pl?c.9:2:100.LSJ The point of ...
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Markan priority, Q, and the parable of the mustard seed

A fundamental problem of this question is the a priori of "the current consensus of the writing of the gospels". Such a consensus does not exist. This two-sources-theory is just one of several ...
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Are there contextual cues which suggest Jesus calming the storm does not require Jesus to be God Almighty?

A miracle does not necessarily originate with the person who is seen doing it. Consider the following similar miracles performed by persons whom no one would consider to be "God Almighty." ...
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In Luke 7:18-23, why did John the Baptist ask Jesus if he was the Messiah since he baptized Jesus and heard God speak about Jesus?

That's a very good question, and one that I wondered about for a long time. To understand why John asked such a question, you have to understand that he was in prison and had only stories about the ...
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Why the change in language between Luke 11:13 and Matthew 7:11?

There is actually no Greek manuscript that explicitly states what the NIV implies in Matthew 7:11: "how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts ...". The Greek simply contains the ...
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In Luke 3:16, what does:"not worthy to untie the straps of his sandals" mean?

I wouldn't call it a "deeper hidden meaning", but a "graphic obvious meaning" -- at least to John the Baptist's hearers. Here, and in the parallel synoptic passages (Matt 3:11 // Mark 1:7 // Luke 3:...
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Why did angels speak a sentence of eleven words without a verb?

The short answer is because they chose to. This "quip" answer reveals the challenge of answering most "why" questions, as "why" normally requires inference of motive, rather than actually interpreting ...
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Forgiveness of Christ

Peter speaks to a group that had gathered in Solomon's Portico in response to his healing a man who had been lame from birth. Only Jews were allowed in that particular area. He speaks of Jesus' ...
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Did Jesus ascend to Paradise on the day of the crucifixion? Is this a contradiction?

There is no such contradiction when we understand the original language of the biblical text. In Hebrew and Greek there were no punctuation marks like now, which allows us to make spaces between the ...
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What is so special about "ego eimi"?

In the Old Testament, Jehovah’s self-proclaimed title of “I AM” is given special prominence in Ex 3:13-15. While we are told “I Am” was to be God’s name forever, there is no record in the Bible of it ...
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Meaning of כָּמ֑וֹךָ in Hebrew / ὡς in Greek ("love thy neighbor *as* thyself")

The preposition כְּמוֹ (of which כָּמ֑וֹךָ is the 2nd person singular inflected form) means "like, as". There is a Hebrew prayer called מִי כָמֹכָה "Mi Chamocha" from it's opening ...
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Is the Pharisees' question on taxation a trick question or not?

The answer to the OP's question is found, in all three records in the following verse: Matt 22:18 - But Jesus knew their evil intent and said, “You hypocrites, why are you testing Me? Mark 12;15 - ...
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Does the demon in Luke 8:28 testify that Jesus is God?

The Greek precludes “most High” from modifying “Son”. The noun υἱὲ (“Son”) is declined in the vocative case, while τοῦ ὑψίστου (“most High”) is declined in the genitive case. Therefore, τοῦ ὑψίστου ...
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Comma? "Verily I say unto thee today, ..." or "Verily I say unto thee, today..."

The Bible does not agree with the view that Jesus and the criminal went to heaven on the day that Jesus spoke to him. Jesus had foretold that , after his being killed, he would not be raised up until ...
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How did Joanna "get away with" sponsoring Jesus' ministry?

Luke 8:3 says that Joanna was the wife of Chuza Herod’s "epitropos". Another text may shed further light on this. In John 4:46ff we read that: 46 So he [Jesus] came again to Cana in Galilee, where ...
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Is the younger son’s inheritance restored in Luke 15:31?

An article in Jewish Encyclopedia sheds a little light on this topic. My summary of the information combined with information from the parable is: The father can do what he wishes with his property ...
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Did the shepherds leave their flocks?

The simple answer is, obviously, YES. we can deduce this because: The town of Bethlehem was a small town and they could not have taken their flocks with them They left immediately (Luke 2:15) and ...
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How could have Judas felt remorse, considering he was possessed by Satan?

For Judas to feel remorse would be easier than falling off a log. Millions of people feel remorse every hour of every day, when something they have done or said exposes them publicly as in the wrong. ...
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