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The disciples were asking for increased faith but they wanted what we all want . . . a magic wand to give it to them. Faith is absolute, it is a standard. You either have faith or doubt. The second part of the parable is directly connected to the first. What did Jesus say? He said say to the tree, not pray to the father, speak to the tree and IT will obey ...


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One thing to keep in mind about why the Translators of the authorized version (KJV) of the Bible in English might have chosen to use the word "servant" instead of the word "slave" when translating the Greek and Hebrew terms, is that in the 17th century, there was no slavery in England. Serfdom, the nearest equivalent in England had been abandoned or ...


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Translation philosophy The translator's job is to pick the best word(s) to fit their translation philosophy. This could mean the most "literal" (i.e. technically accurate, ignoring connotations) term, or it could mean trying to most accurately capture the intent of the original author, even if that means changing the words. The first option is called ...


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Until the time of Quirinius, Rome certainly had the power to impose a census in Judea, but to have done so would not have made any sense, being a waste of resources and an imposition on King Herod who ruled autonomously on Rome's behalf. After Herod's death, his empire was broken up, in accordance with his will, and Archelaus inherited Judea, Samaria and ...


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Very simply put, the kingdom of God is the kingdom of faith which is both present and coming. This can be understood as the church which is the kingdom of faith. Mustard seed is used only five times in the Bible. Mat_13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed ...


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The Desert Fathers and monastics interpreted this passage as Christ telling us that the contemplative life is the greater portion than the life of the works of mercy. Mary represents the contemplative life, as she spends all her time listening and taking to heart all that Christ says: in other words, contemplating God. Martha, on the other hand, represents ...


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Some Jews seemed to think that lepersy was a punishment for sin, rather than a sin itself. However, not all Jews did, as the Book of Job straight out denies that all suffering is due to past sin. Remember how Job's friends kept telling Job to repent for a past sin, but Job keeps telling them that there is no such sin? Well, when God comes into the ...


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The parables of the mustard seed and of yeast are short but enigmatic. It seems that parables so mysterious must have a deep underlying meaning, and so they have been the subject of much speculation over the centuries. The earliest New Testament reference to the parable of the mustard seed is found in Mark, at verses 4:30-32, as one of a series of parables ...


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From the second century, Mark and Luke came to be seen as the probable authors of two of the New Testament gospels, as were Matthew and John. The fourth century Church historian Eusebius, in Ecclesiastical History,III, credits Papias, a bishop from the early second century, with naming Mark as a Gospel writer: Ecclesiastical History,III, 39.15: Mark ...


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The census of Quirinius was called because Rome had taken Judaea (which was to include Samaria and Idumaea) under its direct rule after deposing Archelaus in 6 CE because of incompetence. Under Herod and Archelaus, Rome had not been interested in the populations of these territories because the people did not pay tax direct to Rome, but now the empire needed ...



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