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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 at that time. One would think that Aramaic would be a likely language for the NT in general, but if you wanted to be taken seriously as a writer and scholar, ...


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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." You "cast alongside" something known to help the audience understand something unknown. In this case, the unknown is the Kingdom of God (Mark 2:...


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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, being hurried, had not completed the process; The women wanted to add their honour to the honour given by the men, much as if there were 20 bouquets at a ...


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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 argumentative, and everyone (see what I did there) immediately realizes this, because "everyone" refers to people in a given social circle who could reasonably ...


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There is a parallel account in Matthew 27: 57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and placed it in his own new tomb that he ...


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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 there a better answer?) Additionally, it aims to provide an extensive library of links to online and printed resources on this subject (disclaimer--some of those ...


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What an interesting question, one that gave me pause to stop and think. It is obvious that the produce from a vineyard is grapes, but what do “grapes” represent in this parable? The context in which Jesus delivers this parable is important. Mark 12:12 proves that Jesus’ parable was being made against the chief priests and scribes who wanted to silence ...


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They will neither marry, nor be given in marriage. But there is a marriage union, for the Lamb and his wife are married, a spiritual union that is eternal. Christ and his Bride: the Head and the Body, Revelation 21:9. God dwelling in and among his people, 2 Corinthians 6:16, Revelation 21:3. For ever. But what Jesus does not say, precisely, is that there ...


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And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:5) [ESV] καὶ ἰδὼν ὁ Ἰησοῦς τὴν πίστιν αὐτῶν λέγει τῷ παραλυτικῷ τέκνον ἀφίενταί σου αἱ ἁμαρτίαι Jesus called him "τέκνον" which is most frequently translated as child, but in this case the use is considered to be one of familiar address: ❸ one who ...


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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 Herodian period. Certain sayings and individual words are left untranslated in the Greek New Testament, or transliterated by sound: Eloi Eloi lama shabachthani = My ...


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Excellent question? In fact I was thinking about this parable today and then I spotted your question. One of the main points of the parable is the fact that The Son Jesus Christ preexisted His incarnation. I looked through some of my papers from 12 years ago and found a detailed explanation by a man named James Montgomery Boice. Under the title of his paper ...


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In Matt 19:14, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:16, Jesus is not discussing, nor does He even have in mind anything about what happens to the dead, especially dead children. Rather, Jesus is discussing at least three imperatives: The kingdom of heaven belongs to children by inheritance, and - Adults who wish to become citizens of the kingdom of heaven must have the ...


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It is not a noun, but a verbal phrase in one Greek word: He had breathed His last, ἐξέπνευσεν (exepneusen) Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular Strong's Greek 1606: (lit: I breathe out), I breathe my last, expire. From ek and pneo; to expire. What was it about Jesus' last breath that convinced the centurion? It is not just Jesus' last breath ...


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Parable as Teaching 30 And He was saying, “How should we liken the kingdom of God, or with what parable may we present it?— 31 as a seed of a mustard-plant, which when it is sown upon the soil is being smaller than all the seeds upon the soil. 32 And when it is sown, it goes-up and becomes larger than all the garden-plants. And it makes large branches so ...


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Mark 6:7 New International Version Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. According to Jewish law, they need at least 2 persons to testify and agree. So if their hearers object, they have the required number of persons present to affirm the truthfulness of a statement. Deuteronomy 19:15 ...


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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 preparing the body. Thus, the women came Sunday morning at first light to finish the job of embalming Jesus' body. On Friday, the body had only been hurriedly wrapped....


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God revealed himself in literal fire a number of times. He appeared in a burning bush to Moses, Exodus 3:1-6. Fire came out of the tabernacle from before the Lord and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering .. and the people shouted and fell upon their face, Leviticus 9:24. This in the inauguration of the Aaronic priesthood. But some thought to mimic this ...


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In the phrase «Τί σοι ἐστιν ὄνομά» in Luke 8:30, the 2nd person personal pronoun σοι is declined in the dative case. Literally translated as “What is the name to you?”, it is understood as “What is your name?” This type of dative is known as the dative of possession.1 This Greek construction is not a Hebraism, but Hebrew does share a similar construction ...


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Mark twice quotes Aramaic speech, once as mentioned in the OP and the second time when he quotes the exact words spoken by Jesus during crucifixion : Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani [Mark 15:4, KJV] Matthew quotes 'Eli Eli ...' the Hebrew of the actual scripture from Psalm 22 which Jesus, in his passion, is speaking. But Mark gives us the actual dialect in ...


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It should not surprise anyone that an agrarian society and economy used the idea of "fruit" widely as a metaphor as well as literally. The word καρπός (karpos = "fruit") occurs 66 times and most often us used metaphorically. Here is a sample: Literal fruit: Mark 11:14, etc. Children of parents: Luke 1:42, 12:17, etc. Converts or ...


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The OT prophet Elijah is most famous for his "contest of the gods" (1 Kings 18) on Mt Carmel, whereby, he was used of God to turn the hearts of the people back to God. Another such prophet is predicted in Mal 4:5, 6 - Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome Day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts ...


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Fervent prayer can build up faith. Fasting is a form of self-denial, training in self-discipline and righteousness. Ninevites showed their repentance by national fasting. Fasting provides a favorable condition for faith to develop. Jonah 3:5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. ...


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Does it relate to Exodus 12:15 15 For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove dough with yeast from your houses; for whoever eats anything with yeast from the first day until the seventh day, that [a]person shall be cut off from Israel. where the preparation day seems to be considered the first day, and involve the ...


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You raise some interesting points that I will separate. 1. TR vs Critical Text and Trinitarianism In my (informal) experience, I agree that there are a group of Trinitarians who enthusiastically support the Textus Receptus (TR). However, for each Trinitarian TR enthusiast, I am sure I can fin two or three Trinitarians who do not support the TR. In fact, ...


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Mark 1:1 New International Version **The** beginning of **the** good news about Jesus **the** Messiah, **the** Son of God, Ἀρχὴ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ Υἱοῦ Θεοῦ. There are 4 English definite articles here but only one Greek article. The concept of the Greek article does not correspond exactly to the concept of ...


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In order to answer your question, we need to take into account the rest of the conversation between Jesus and the rich young man: As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. ‘Good teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ ‘Why do you call me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good – except God alone. ...


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Please note that Jesus did not rebuke that sincere young man for address himself as “Good Teacher”. Jesus rebuked him for allowing his great wealth to hold him back from loving God as fully as he should. Jesus simply asked him a question as to WHY he had used that adjective ‘good’ in his salutation. He did not challenge the young man about it. He simply ...


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In all the references quoted by the OP, the word "hand" is NOT in the text. There are many places where this idea is present. Possibly the most complete is in Rev 5:1 which has the phrase (similar to most such references): ἐπὶ τὴν δεξιὰν τοῦ καθημένου ἐπὶ τοῦ θρόνου = "on the right of the one sitting on the throne" Again, note that &...


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Does Mark 14:51 Allude to Amos 2:16 I'm afraid the answer to this question is decidedly no. Amos 2:16 refers to the humiliation that would consume Israel's/Judah's mightiest warriors when God brought judgment against them long before Jesus' ministry in the first century: Amos 2:16: "Even the bravest among the warriors will flee naked in that day," ...


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The trial of Jesus was a sham from the very start. Here are some of the illegal aspects of Jesus' trials. All of the following material has been attributed to the work of Chuck Swindoll. I have edited out some of the material for the sake of brevity. I realize it is still rather lengthy but it is very informative and well worth the read. The arrest – ...


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