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What made Jesus question at Mt 21:25 a good example for Christians or was it a bad question because the Jews could not answer?

The question was effective, because it highlighted the hypocrisy of the religious Jews in question. According to the Bible, John was sent from God, and they knew it. Their concern was how answering ...
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Were John Baptist and Jesus really related?

According to the Bible, Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist) and Mary (mother of Jesus) were related. Luke 1:5 says that Zechariah belonged to the priestly division of Abijah and his wife Elizabeth ...
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Were John Baptist and Jesus really related?

From this article: https://faithfullymagazine.com/jesus-and-john-the-baptist/ The Bible doesn’t explicitly describe Elizabeth as Mary’s “cousin.” Instead, the term “relative” or “kinswoman” (sungenis,...
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Pharisees and Sadducees - A "brood of vipers"

Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? - Luke 3:7 Luke makes it appear that John the Baptist ...
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Why did John the Baptist not follow Jesus?

You ask preferably from a Catholic perspective. Sorry I cannot meet your preference, I am (Reformed) Baptist. The job of a herald is to announce an important person is coming so the people can make ...
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Is John the Baptist a Christian Martyr?

Is John the Baptist a Christian Martyr? In all honesty, one would have to say no. But that does not mean he was not in a sense a martyr for Christ. His whole life was one of penance and making ready ...
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What made Jesus question at Mt 21:25 a good example for Christians or was it a bad question because the Jews could not answer?

Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but ...
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What made Jesus question at Mt 21:25 a good example for Christians or was it a bad question because the Jews could not answer?

What made Jesus question at Mt 21:25 so effective or was it a bad question because the Jews could not answer? Answer: The question was effective, considering: The context of the question (Matt 21 - ...
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Why did John the Baptist not follow Jesus?

Why John the Baptist did not follow Jesus? First of all, it was St. John the Baptist’s vocation to be the Precursor of the Messiah. He prepared the way of the Lord, but God did not desire that he ...
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How long had John the Baptist been preaching before Jesus started his public ministry?

~6 months is a possible answer, as reviewed by SLM, and supported by the custom of Jewish priests beginning their ministry at the age of 30 (see Numbers 4:3). Because Luke uses "about" 30 ...
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What was the normal way to cross the Jordan River during first century in Israel?

The first thing I want to do is define this word ford. It is a shallow place with good footing where a river or stream may be crossed by wading. A ford is mostly a natural phenomenon, in contrast to a ...
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Why did John the Baptist say he wasn't a prophet?

Moses told the people to expect in the future an authoritative, law giving prophet of at least equal stature to himself. No other prophet that followed Moses was regarded as important as Moses by the ...
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What baptismal formula did John the Baptist use?

The early Church record from Christ till the end of the 1st century A.D. does, indeed, provide information that opens up the subject of what John the Baptist said when baptising people. It is ...
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Why Does Herod Say He Had Beheaded John the Baptist When He Knows He's in Prison? (Mark 6)

14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “...
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Why Does Herod Say He Had Beheaded John the Baptist When He Knows He's in Prison? (Mark 6)

Look at the phraseology of Verse 17 :" For Herod had sent and seized John.." . In terms of English grammar, 'had sent' implies Past Perfect Tense which is used to indicate an action that is already ...
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Is the root of salvation correctly summed up as "Be saved and repent!" or should it be "Repent and be saved!"?

From the limited quote and from the assumption that the article's author is Reformed, probably the author was emphasizing the election part. I found the magazine's website but Vol 15 Issue 2 is not ...
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Pharisees and Sadducees - A "brood of vipers"

The Matthew account gives the impression that John could have baptized some of those Pharisees and Sadducees, because his scathing address to them begins at verse 7 and continues through to the end of ...
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Why was it so special that John the baptist was not called Zechariah?

I'd like to suggest it has much deeper meaning than most have considered. Names are, indeed, very important in the Bible. When one hears the name "John" in terms of the Bible, there are 2 ...
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How big was the wilderness in which John the Baptist lived and preached?

The Judean Desert or the Wilderness of Judah is a small desert, approximately 1,500 square kilometers or some 600 Square miles and is very close to Jerusalem. Being so close to Jerusalem, it is no ...
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How big was the wilderness in which John the Baptist lived and preached?

While the exact location of John's ministry is not known, we know that it was around the Jordan, with John 1:28 specifically placing it at "Bethany beyond the Jordan." The traditional location is ...
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What part did the Psalms play in Jewish worship?

The recitation and the singing of Psalms played an important part in Jewish worship at the Temple in Jerusalem (prior to its destruction in 70 A.D.). Here are extracts from various articles about ...
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What part did the Psalms play in Jewish worship?

Josephus mentions the Temple singers of his day: Those of the Levites...who were singers of hymns urged the king to convene the Sanhedrin and get them permission to wear linen robes on equal terms ...
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What is the biblical basis for Jeremiah and John the Baptist being born without original sin?

Is there a biblical basis for believing that the Prophet Jeremiah and St. John the Baptist were born without original sin? Some Catholics do believe that the Prophet Jeremiah and St. John the Baptist ...
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Why did not Jesus praise John the Baptist before the latter's disciples?

TL;DR: Jesus was not disappointed and St. John the Baptist did not have doubt. Some Church Fathers interpreted the passage to mean that either John the Baptist was sending the disciples for their ...
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How does Catholic Church explain John 1:31?

Commenting on John 1:31, St. Thomas Aquinas explains "the statement of John the Baptist that he did not know Jesus" by saying that he […] precludes an erroneous conjecture from his testimony. ...
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How can John the Baptist be the greatest man born of woman, when Jesus was also born of woman?

How can John the Baptist be the greatest man born of woman, when Jesus was also born of woman? 11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. ...
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Why did John the Baptist not follow Jesus?

OP: Why John the Baptist did not "follow" Jesus and became one of his disciples? We tend to think in terms of "here on earth", rather than "in eternity". Here is an ...
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Why did John the Baptist not follow Jesus?

The Bible itself gives the answer. For example, see John 1:15-37 where the Baptist answered the question put to him, as to who he was. This shows why he did not follow Jesus in the way that some of ...
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By whom was John the Baptist baptized?

Traditionally, it is understood that John the Baptist was free from original sin from his Mother's Womb: and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. (Luke 1:15) and his ...
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