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

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Why are the `brothers of Jesus' as at Lk 8:19 not called as `half-brothers'? [closed]

We read at Lk 8:19-20:0 (NRSVCE): Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the original intent of the term “virgin” in Lk 1:26-27? [duplicate]

We read of the Annunciation at Lk 1:26-27: In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house ...
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According to Catholicism, why does the Creed mention only the role of Holy Spirit in the conception of Jesus?

We read an account of the Annunciation at Lk 1:30-35 (NRSVCE): 30 "The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb ...
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Are there any other early non-canonical nativity accounts besides the Gospel of James?

In the spirit of the season, I wanted to peruse some nativity accounts in ante-Nicene or near-post-Nicene literature. I've read the Gospel of James of course, but I don't really know of any other non-...
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According to Catholicism, why was Jesus angry with the money-changers at the Temple?

At Mtt 22:19-21 we see Jesus outwitting the Pharisees who inquired of him whether it was right to pay tax to Caesar: "Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and ...
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What's the difference between the Apostle's claims and the claims of others who started religious movements?

So I recently watched a documentary about a new age movement and felt a bit rattled by what I perceived to be some examples of peoples behaving in a way that undermines the common arguments for ...
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What was the origin of the phrase “Abraham's Bosom” as used by Jesus?

We read at Luke 16:22-23 (KJV) " And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his ...
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Was Jesus a man of few words, according to Catholic Church?

We read at Mtt 5:1-2(KJV): And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,... The phrase '...
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When was the “Evangelist” title first applied to the Gospel authors?

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are known as the "Four Evangelists" because they are believed to have written the four canonical Gospels. The word "evangelist" means a messenger of ...
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At the Last Supper what would the disciples make of what Jesus said about partaking of the bread and the wine?

Luke 22:15-20 is clear that the cross yet lay ahead of Christ. Then he said, "This is my body which is given for you… This cup is the new testament in my blood which is shed for you”, commanding ...
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Was there a paradigm shift in Jesus' interaction with women between the beginning and end of his public life [closed]

While reading Chapter 4 of John, one gets the impression that in the beginning of his public life, Jesus was a shy person in so far as interacting with women was concerned : Just then his disciples ...
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Why is Jesus very implicit regarding his identity?

Why is Jesus very implicit in sharing his identity? In the synoptic gospels Jesus speaks in parables and metaphors and at the end of many of these encounters it is mentioned that the people did not ...
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Are the gospels enough to convince one of the divinity of Christ? [closed]

This is a follow-up to my previous question. Thomas had received the message from his fellow disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead. Being the skeptic that he is, he then rejected their ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Baptism by Holy Sprit and Baptism by Fire the same thing?

At Matt 3: 11 we see John the Baptist speaking of Jesus: “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He ...
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Is there historical evidence for an atheist argument about the New Testament?

My question is: are the arguments used against the historical legitimacy of the Gospels, particularly Luke and the timeline/events surrounding the birth of Christ relatively recent, or have they been ...
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What prominent scholars and/or denominations hold to Matthean priority?

This question discusses the differences between Marcan priority and Matthean priority and asks about the arguments in favor of Matthean priority. My question is who holds and promotes this view. I ...
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What does Catholic Church teach about the interpretation of the metaphor of “salt of the earth?”

We see Jesus telling at Matthew 5:13 (NRSVCE): "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out ...
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Why was the Sea of Galilee called so?

We see the mention of a freshwater lake of 167 km square in Israel called as the Sea of Galilee or the Sea of Tiberias at Mtt 4:18, Mtt 15:29, Mk 1:16, Mk 7:31 and Jn 16:1. I wish to know the logic ...
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According to the Catholic Church, was Mary's Magnificat a spontaneous utterance?

At Luke 1: 46-55 we see Blessed Virgin Mary singing a song of praise, now known as the Magnificat, while greeting her cousin Elizabeth. I wish to know if the song of Mary was a spontaneous utterance, ...
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Did Barabbas have the first name Jesus?

At Matthew 27:17 of Contemporary English Version we read: "So when the crowd came together, Pilate asked them, “Which prisoner do you want me to set free? Do you want Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is ...
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Why did Jesus treat the dove-sellers at the Temple with kindness?

At John 2:14-16 (NRSVCE) we read: " In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of ...
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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 ...