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If we accept the bible teaching that Mary/Joseph had children, then they would have been younger than Jesus. In the question, the age of Jesus was 12. The oldest sibling was probably no older than 10 at that time. Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? ...


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ειπεν δε μαριαμ προς τον αγγελον πως εσται τουτο -επει- ανδρα ου γινωσκω Luke 1:34 - TR (Stephens 1550, Beza 1598, Elzevir 1624 and Scrivener 1894 are all identical.) Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? KJV The Greek conjunction ἐπεί epei (see Strong 1893) cannot be manipulated into meaning something with ...


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The teaching on this passage from such as Martin Luther (see link below) is that the rich young ruler approaches Jesus as 'good Master'. The young man sees only a master who can instruct him with legal commandments. All he thinks he needs is the knowledge of good and evil. He thinks he has resource within himself to do all that is necessary - he just needs ...


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What was the hour of the Annunciation? There is nothing in Holy Scriptures that will be of any help here. But perhaps we could start with Dom Guéranger and tradition: A tradition, which has come down from the apostolic ages, tells us that the great mystery of the Incarnation was achieved on the twenty-fifth day of March. [St. Augustine, De Trinitate. ...


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Establishing Context What does Gabriel say? (Luke 1:31) καὶ ἰδού συλλήψῃ ἐν γαστρὶ καὶ τέξῃ υἱόν καὶ καλέσεις τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ Ἰησοῦν And behold, you shall concieve in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. What does Mary say in response? (Luke 1:34) εἶπεν δὲ Μαριὰμ πρὸς τὸν ἄγγελον Πῶς ἔσται τοῦτο ἐπεὶ ἄνδρα οὐ γινώσκω But ...


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One would think Mary knew the birds and the bees. One would think that she knew that after betrothal, a couple would cohabitate and consummate their marriage. Naturally, a baby would ensue approximately 9 months later. After all, that’s how Mary was born! Her mother and father went through the same process. One would think Mary knew that. This is a ...


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When one way of interpreting a passage is absurd, that shows we aren't to interpret it that way. Obviously she didn't think the angel was just telling her she'd conceive a baby with Joseph or else she wouldn't have said what she said. So she clearly understood the angel was telling her she would soon have a baby without having slept with Joseph, and hence ...


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Perpetual virginity of Mary: why did Mary see “not knowing man” as an obstacle to the conception of Jesus? Mary, like Joseph, understood natural law. Specifically, one cannot have a baby if they are a virgin. It requires a partner of the opposite sex. (Joseph was going to send Mary away in Matt. 1:19 because he understood natural law.) For those who ...


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See https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/746-did-jesus-repudiate-his-divine-nature Jesus is trying to show that the man is careless in his use of the word "good". He is not denying his deity, but trying to force the man to clarify what he means. He is trying to get the rich young ruler to either affirm that he (Jesus) is God or reject that idea. When ...


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My study bible (The NIV Study Bible by Zondervan) notes that it was a common ancient practice to "telescope" a genealogy -- i.e. to skip over generations when building the list. In the introduction to 1 Chronicles (where you'll also find a number of "missing" generations in its numerous genealogies), it states: The most common type of fluidity in ...


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Judas' moral state becomes clear with the later disclosure by John that Judas was stealing and, by that theft, was depriving others of much needed charitable contributions.This deliberate moral state - the repeated act of theft - needs to be considered in juxtaposition to the stated question, as it paved the way for Satan's entrance. Judas had not been ...


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Yes – in a letter to Augustine, Pope Innocent I interprets this passage as supporting the teaching that the baptism of infants is necessary for their salvation. He writes: That other doctrine which your Fraternity claims that [Pelagius and other heretics] preach, that little children can attain the reward of eternal life without the grace of baptism, is ...


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According to the Bible: “What is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20). The Virgin Mary “was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18). “God sent His Son, born of a woman” (Galatians 4:4). That’s what Protestants believe transpired. We don’t speculate; we just believe what the Bible says. If the Bible ...


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I would argue that you are missing the significant point of the story. See the next verse of the text you mentioned in John 21 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus ...


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The difference between Protestants and Catholics here all starts with the Catholic view that Mary died a virgin. But some scriptures talk of Jesus's brothers, such as Matthew 12:47 and Mark 6:3. So some Catholics say that brothers here means cousins. Protestants reply that there is a specific Greek word for cousins which would have been more appropriate ...


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Luke 2:43-44--and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. As DJClayworth mentioned in his comment above, it may well ...


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Our Lord Jesus used the phrase “Truly I say to you” (Synoptic Gospels) and “Truly, truly, I say to you” (John’s Gospel) many times. One aid to deciding if in Luke 23:43 he said “Truly, I say to you today,” with the comma after “today” or “truly I say to you, today” with the comma before “today”, is to see how he uses this phrase everywhere else. Read ...


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I have heard three resolutions to the series of problems posed by this verse, and found a fourth researching your question. First, I challenge the assumption "as we see that Jesus did not go to paradise that day". Omnipresence. Jesus possesses two natures, divine and human, linked into a unit in a way that is inexpressible. The divine nature of Jesus has ...


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I don't disagree with the answer from L1R, but I would like to add another viewpoint. In the first event, as recounted in Luke, Jesus asked him to put out a little way from the shore In other words the boat was close to the shore, in shallow water (and obviously unsuitable for fishing). Jesus asks them to take the boat away from the shore, where the ...


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My Parish Priest, who incidentally belongs to a coastal area, has this explanation: An average fishing boat of Jesus'time measured 27 by 7.5 feet , about four feet deep and was large enough to hold about 15 people (Courtesy: TheCompass). The crew would comprise of the rowers and the net-bearers. Most rowers occupied the right side of the boat so as to be ...


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It was common at that time for several families to travel together, this was a necessity; since there were many highwaymen. And the smaller children were probably left in the care of a trusted member of the family; or a trusted friend. Since it was normal for all families in that era to watch over all children. This would have been quite normal. As a child ...


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The robbers represent the demons, the fallen angels, who take advantage of man fallen into sin: From the Catena Aurea on Luke 10: AMBROSE: But who are those robbers but the Angels of night and darkness, among whom he had not fallen, unless by deviating from the divine command he had placed himself in their way. and AUGUSTINE: He fell then among ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas explains why He says "right side" (and not "left side") in his commentary on John 21, lecture 1: Secondly, the Evangelist mentions Christ's order, Cast the net on the right side of the boat. In Luke (5:4) there is a similar incident, but there Christ did not tell them to cast their nets to the right side, as he does here. The reason ...


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Luke sought eyewitness testimony for his gospel. The birth narrative and some other portions seem to be told from the viewpoint of Mary the mother of Jesus. While it is somewhat speculative, it seems reasonable that Mary would be concerned about relationships within her own extended family much more than the majority of the early Christians. It would appear ...


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In addition to Nigel's answer. We are cautioned to be sober and vigilant, and to put on the whole armour of God as a guard against Satan. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of ...


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A Calvinist would not fail to use the same care at exegesis as any other serious Christian. If you look at 1 Kings 19, where God tells Elijah to annoint Elisha as his successor, what is Elisha's answer to Elijah? 19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the ...


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From the Calvinist perspective, there is an emphasis on the "Perseverance of the Saints" the idea that if you are genuinely born again. A.K.A saved by God's sovereign Grace. God will not "fail" in his attempt to save you. He will carry out the act of bringing you through this earthly life, having maintained faith in Christ throughout the whole time. This ...


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I suppose Luke got his information from Mary, and for her to have given them as though quoting them after many years proved she pondered and cherished those words, and was watching out for their fulfilment.


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I'm with JDM-GBG and yourself: the genealogy here is telescoped, i.e. generations have been omitted, and this is common practice in the Scriptures. Rather than repeat the work of Dr John Millam I will just refer you to his online article "The Genesis Genealogies - are they complete?" which looks at many genealogies in Scripture. An especially interesting ...


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