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Is Mark 9:24 self-contradictory?

Like many apparent contradictions in the Bible, this comes down to an ambiguity in the meaning of words, so that what is true of a word in one sense might be untrue in another sense. Only lawyers make ...
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Why does Mark identify the lake in Galilee as the "Sea of Galilee"?

The specific lake takes its older name ("Gennesaret" or "Kineret," "Chinnereth" etc.) from the small plain which lies on its western side. In Greek and Roman times 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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In Mark 5:41 and other NT passages, Why is Christ quoted in Aramaic?

Aramaic was the common spoken toungue in Israel at the time of the NT. It's likely that most conversations among the apostles and with other Israelis were in Aramaic. Hebrew was largely ceremonial ...
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Why does the sower not know how the seed grows in Mark 4:27?

We should first note that Jesus is telling a parable. A parable is a form of comparison to help us understand something that is difficult or abstract. The word parable means "to cast alongside.&...
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What does "the gospel" mean in Mark 1:15?

He says "good news", and right before this statement, he explains what it is: "The time is complete (it is time) and the kingdom of God is at hand." That is the good news that he ...
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Jesus says mustard seeds are the smallest but they are not actually

When someone says "I was at the party last night and everyone was there", and then a questioner objects "No, 7 Billion people weren't there", then the objector is being ...
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Why did the women want to anoint Jesus after his body had already been laid in the tomb

It appears the anointing the women want to perform is the same as what Nicodemus helped Joseph do. The main possibilities then are: They were unaware the men had performed the burial rites; The men, ...
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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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What are the arguments against Marcan Priority?

This post will review: The positive case (arguments that Mark was written 2nd or 3rd) The negative case (a critical assessment of arguments used to advance Markan Priority) An abductive case (is ...
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Why did Jesus say, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Jesus is directly quoting the first line of Psalm 22: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? Psalm 22: ESV The Psalm describes ...
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The Son of man coming with the clouds or on a horse?

As the OP and most others on this web-site will be very well aware, the Bible contains several types of literature including simple literal narrative predictive prophecies highly symbolic apocalyptic ...
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Why does the KJV add "desire" to Mark 11:24?

When looking at slightly odd renderings in the KJV (and there are some fascinating ones), it is worth checking on its influences for any clues. And the case of Mark 11:24, along with its parallel in ...
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Does Mark 13:24 suggest that Jesus believe the moon had its own light source?

This question is virtually nonsense. It would be almost impossible to analyze the original text to read such an outcome into the author's intent because we have no control case by which to judge a ...
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Why the definite article in 'Abba, Father'?

ἀββα is the Greek transliteration of the Aramaic אַבָּא. In both Hebrew and Aramaic, the vocative is often indicated by definitizing a noun.1 Hence, we can interpret אַבָּא into English as the ...
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Why was Pilate surprised that Jesus was already dead?

This answer was supplied prior to the edit. You state yourself that 'it was possible to survive crucifixion for days' and I think you have - thus - answered your own question. It was clearly common ...
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Matthew 11:29; Mark 11:15; how can Jesus be meek if he overthrew the tables of the moneychangers?

The operative word translated (by some) "meek" in Matt 11:29 is πραΰς and occurs just four times in the NT (Matt 5:5, 11:29, 21:5, 1 Peter 3:4). BDAG provides this definition: pertaining ...
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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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In Mark 5:41 and other NT passages, Why is Christ quoted in Aramaic?

The Hebrew dialect of Aramaic (as opposed to Babylonian/Imperial Aramaic, Edessan/Syrian Aramaic and other dialects) was the most common vernacular language of Judea, Samaria and Galilee in the ...
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Did the Chief Priests change their minds about crucifying Christ during the festival?

In brief, this incident is yet another instance of the duplicity of the Jewish leaders. Jesus should not have been executed because: The trial that delivered was illegal for numerous reasons such as ...
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When was the Gospel of Mark written?

Executive Summary The Gospel of Mark was probably composed in Rome shortly after the death of Emperor Claudius (died AD 54). I will use the writings of Clement of Alexandria & Paul's epistle to ...
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Why did Jesus say, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

The key to understanding Matt 27:46 is found in Ps 5:4 - For You are not a God who delights in wickedness; no evil can dwell with You. At the moment Jesus cried out, " ... why have you forsaken ...
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Why did the women want to anoint Jesus after his body had already been laid in the tomb

I think the OP has answered the question. Jesus died late on Friday and the preparation for burial takes some time. Since the Sabbath was almost there, they did not have enough time to finish ...
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Why would the Herodians want Jesus dead?

The Herodians supported King Herod Antipas, the Roman Empire’s ruler over much of the land of the Jews (from 4 B.C. to A.D. 39). It was politically expedient for them to work alongside Herod and, by ...
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In Luke 8, why didn't Christ instruct the woman to appear before the priest?

Leprosy was a serious disease which caused the one who had it to be sent out from among the people to live isolated, away from anyone else. This was not the case for having an issue of blood. ...
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Matthew 11:29; Mark 11:15; how can Jesus be meek if he overthrew the tables of the moneychangers?

Biblically, "meek" does not mean "weak", nor is it merely a synonym of "humble". The Greek word πραΰς has been defined, in a religious sense, as: exercising God's ...
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