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The New Testament books describing the life of Jesus: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

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Was Judas misinformed of the real purpose behind the planned arrest of Jesus?

We see in Exodus 21:32: "If the ox gores a male or female slave, the owner shall pay to the slave-owner thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned."" Now, thirty pieces of ...
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Why does the narrative of Last Judgement appear only in the Gospel according to Matthew?

We see the narrative of Last Judgement in Chapter 25 , Verses 31-46 of the Gospel accordingly to Matthew. One wonders why the Last Judgement which is one of the key aspects of Christian faith, does ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that the early death of Jesus on the Cross, had been ordained by God the Father?

We see the narrative of Jesus' death on the Cross as given by John at 19: 31-33: Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially ...
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How does leaving a 'gift at the altar' reconcile with reformed views of the need to 'approach the throne of grace' in everything?

Jesus said: “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go ...
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How does Catholic Church differentiate between the presence of Jesus and that of the Holy Spirit on the earth?

We see Jesus telling His disciples at John 14:15-16 (NRSVCE): If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you ...
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What's the difference between the Gospel and the Bible?

The title almost says it all: What's the difference between the Gospel and the Bible? Does one contain the other or what? What does each one include? Where did each one come from (or who authored ...
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Why have Christians often had in their possession the Book of John as opposed to other books of the Bible? [closed]

A few examples: I have been offered The Book of John in booklet form from time to time by Christians preaching on the main street in Auckland. In the TV series Vikings the Viking leader and hero ...
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Who assigned the gospel authors originally?

According to the theory of the originally anonymous gospels, the titles of the most ancient surviving manuscripts were added later on. I would like to know: For each gospel, how many different, ...
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How does the Catholic Church narrate the seal which was put on the tomb of Jesus?

We see at Matt 27: 64-66 the Chief Priests and Pharisees getting permission to secure the tomb of Jesus : "....Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his ...
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Are Matthew, Mark and Luke the same book in different version?

I always thought Matthew, Mark and Luke are different books originally were written by different people. But recently I was told that Matthew, Mark and Luke are originally the same book but in ...
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Why was Jesus crucified in the middle?

We read at Mark 15:27 "And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left."" One wishes to know as to whether it had been pre-determined by the authority say, Pilate, ...
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What kind of clothes did Jesus wear?

There are a couple references in the Gospels indicating what Jesus wore, but not many. His undergarment was 'seamless' according to John 19:23. He also may have had the 'fringes' or 'tassels' of the ...
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What does the Catholic Church teach about the significance of reference to Jacob's Well at John 4:12?

We see the conversation of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at John 4: 10-12 : "Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and ...
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What is the basis for the belief among some Protestants that Christ's teachings do not apply to us today?

I have seen some Protestants arguing that Christ's teachings in the Gospels don't apply to us; that they were applicable only to the Jews, the immediate audience, since the new covenant did not begin ...
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Why are there passages in the Gospels where the Apostles are not present? [closed]

In the Bible, in several passages, the Apostles narrate events that they where not participating in. For example, the story of the woman at the Well and the conversation between Jesus and Pilate. ...
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Why do the Evangelists Matthew, Mark and John not give narrative account of the Ascension?

Luke is the only Evangelist who gives a narrative account of the Ascension of Christ at 24:50-53 (NRSVCE) "' Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. ...
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What was the significance of Jesus' instructions to the disciples at Transfiguration?

We see the instruction given to the three disciples who accompanied Jesus to the site of Transfiguration at Mtt 17:19 : As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one ...
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According to the Catholic Church , did Jesus project God the Father as the role model of perfection?

We see Jesus saying at Matthew 5:48 (NRSVCE) "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" Now, the image of God the Father that the Jewish people had had, before they listened to ...
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Why are the disciples addressed differently in different contexts?

At John 21: 4-5 we see a post-resurrection event when Jesus addresses the disciples as children: Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was ...
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What kind of food is Jesus referring to at Luke 22:16?

We read at Lk 22:14-16 (NRSVCE): "When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;...
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Are there any Christian groups that believe in only One God (The Father revealed by Christ) and only One Gospel rather than 4 Gospels?

In which Christian group is Oneness strong (One God revealed by One Christ revealed in One Gospel in One language)?
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Why does the (N)KJV put Jesus' name in all caps in Matthew 1:21 and Luke 1:31?

It's only in the King James and the New King James, but why is Jesus' name in all caps? And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from ...
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Are there any bundles of subsets of the New Testament that are common?

In Christianity you have the idea of the "Old Testament". In Judaism, this is broken down into smaller (and larger) chunks. You can find it in the Torah, the first 5 books of the Old Testament. You ...
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Brush the dust from your feet vs cursing a town [closed]

Is brushing the dust from your feet when you leave an area the same as putting a curse on it?
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Why did Jesus use the expression, “very truly I tell you”?

I used to think nothing of it until someone said, "it makes you wonder what he was saying the rest of the time". Now I don't believe for one moment Jesus was a liar, but why did He use that strange ...
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What was the concept of heaven people had before the death of Jesus?

Catechism of the Catholic Church Para 1026 states : "By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has "opened" heaven to us....." At Luke 15:21 we see the repentant prodigal son declaring : ‘Father, ...
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New Wine and Old Wine

I am curious about the connection Jesus makes between fasting and New Wine. Many people relate it to the idea of appropriateness. It just strikes me as an odd comparison.
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What did Jesus mean by `being shrewd'?

We see Jesus saying at Luke 16:8 (NRSVCE) ".. And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own ...
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Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?

There are a number of places where Jesus refers to himself in the third person. The most common is when he uses the title 'Son of Man' (by my count, there are some 78 times Jesus uses that title in ...
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At what time of day was Jesus crucified?

Mark 15:25, 18 KJV And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. and And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! John 19:14-16 KJV And it was the preparation of the passover, and ...
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Did Mary stay with Elizabeth till the birth of John the Baptist?

We read at Luke 1:36 that Elizabeth was six months pregnant when she was visited by Mary. We also read at Luke 1:56 that Mary stayed with Elizabeth for nearly three months. Read together, these two ...
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Why did the early Christians think Jesus would return soon?

In multiple New Testament passages the Disciples and even Jesus appear to think He would return within one generation or so: Jesus says, 'What I say to you, I say to all: Watch, for you know not the ...
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How would Jesus have addressed St. Joseph?

At Luke 2:48 we read of St. Mary's complaint to Jesus for giving them a scare, by `getting lost'at the Temple: "His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I ...
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For people who believe in Jesus and not the devil, what happened in the desert?

Some Christians believe in God and Jesus, but not the devil. If so, what is their explanation of the temptation of Christ in the desert?
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Who, exactly, are James son of Alphaeus and Judas the Son [Brother] of James?

One note specifically is that some translations read that Judas (not Iscariot) was known as Judas brother of James, but most say Judas Son of James. Luke 6:16 NIV Judas son of James, and Judas ...
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Are the gospel authors who we believe them to be?

What I'm wondering is whether the actual authors of the book of John, Luke, Matthew, and Mark are who we believe them to be. I go to a Catholic high school, and in our version of the Bible it says, in ...
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What did Jesus mean by “ many” beneficiaries of His ensuing blood-shed?

At Matthew 26:27-28 (NRSVCE) we read: Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out ...
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Do Catholics believe that people can be saved without hearing the name of Christ? [duplicate]

Do Catholics believe that people can be saved without hearing the name of Christ? I came across this while listening to John MacArthur on Catholicism, and Billy Graham What do Catholics believe is ...
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Did Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John write anything other than the Gospels?

Currently I'm studying Youth Ministry and have a New Testament class that has been challenging. One of the tips for understanding an author better is to read everything they've written. Have these ...
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Are Bartholomew and Nathanael the same?

Comparing the lists of disciples in Matthew 10:1-4, Mark 3:13-19, Luke 6:12-16, Acts 1:12-14 We find the name Bartholomew, but in John 1 We read about Nathanael. In John 1:46-50, Nathanael is ...
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Why are there differences in events within the Gospels?

Why does the gospel of Matthew claim that it was Mary Magdalene who annointed Jesus's feet with oil and Luke claim it was an unnamed woman?
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Among modern critics who believe in the attributed authorship of the Gospels, what are their arguments?

According to the many online lectures by biblical scholars, not to mention entries in Wikipedia and other online sites, whether the experts are on either the liberal side or the conservative side of ...
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Did Jesus act out His parables?

We see in the parables of Jesus, many moments which provide for dramatic presentation, like the scene of the prodigal son envying the well-fed swines, or the father running to the gate to receive ...
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Life of Jesus from the age of 12 to 30? [closed]

There is no scripture that tells about Jesus' life from 12 to 30 years. Is there evidence of Jesus' during this time?
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According to Catholicism, did the Temptation(s) of Jesus take place on the same day?

We see the narratives of Temptation(s) of Christ prior to the commencement of His public life, in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Even though the narratives lead one to believe that all the ...
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Did Jesus perform a single miracle before his fast and temptation?

Did Jesus perform a single miracle before his 40 day fast and temptation by the Devil?
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When are lay men and women permitted to proclaim the Gospel in a Catholic church?

I know that proclaiming the Gospel at Mass is restricted to ordained folks. But, is it permissible for a lay man or woman to lead a word and communion service and read from the Gospel? Can they lead ...
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Why does Jesus refer to himself as the “Son of Man”?

Why does Jesus refer to himself as the "Son of Man"? This is similar to Why does Jesus speak of himself in the third person?, but I am specifically looking for an explanation of the "Son of Man" ...
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How did Peter recognize Elijah and Moses?

Matthew 17:3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—...
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What explanations have been offered for the “messianic secret” passages?

In a number of places in the Gospel accounts, Jesus performs a miracle and then tells the healed person and others who witnessed it not to spread the word. For example, After healing a leper, And ...