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The Messianic Secret

The “Messianic Secret” in Mark – Julie Smith As found in The Gospel according to Mark: New Testament Commentary, Brigham Young University, p. 901-903. There is a most curious aspect to Mark’s Gospel: Jesus frequently tells people to not tell … Continue reading

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Herod the Great and the Herodian Family Tree

From Lawrence Mykytiuk’s BAR article identifying real New Testament political figures Lawrence Mykytiuk   •  01/10/2019 As found on Bible History Daily In “New Testament Political Figures Confirmed” in the September/October 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk … Continue reading

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Mark 10:41 Why were the ten displeased with James and John?

One of the themes of Mark is misunderstanding. It seems that nobody really figures out who Jesus is in the text except for the author and you the reader. Everyone else seems to be in the dark regarding Jesus. Jesus … Continue reading

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Reasons why Paul is so confusing (part 1)

Pauline Authorship There is consensus in modern scholarship that the letters to Timothy and Titus were written in Paul’s name but long after his death. 1 There is also a strong consensus among much of modern scholarship that there is … Continue reading

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Luke 17:21 the kingdom of God is within you

The Joseph Smith translation changes Luke 17:21 to read, “the kingdom of God has already come unto you…” Bruce R. McConkie “One of the heresies which prevails in a large part of modern Christendom is the concept that Jesus did … Continue reading

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Slaves were commanded to be good slaves in the Bible?

Slaves be obedient to your masters! Texts: 1 Corinthians 7:20-22; Ephesians 6:5-9; 1 Timothy 6:1-2; Titus 2:9-10; 2 Peter 2:18-19 I like to remind students that the Bible was written by actual people that lived in a certain time and … Continue reading

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Romans 12 – The Church and Spiritual Gifts

Romans 12 can be outlined as follows: A. Romans 12:1-2 The mortal struggle – bringing our bodies in subjection to the Spirit B. Romans 12:-21 The body of Christ (the Church) and spiritual gifts 1. Romans 12:3-5 Two important attitudes … Continue reading

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Romans 8:12-39 Hope For the Saints

I find the following outline to be helpful when studying Romans 8:12-39 1. Five Characteristics of a Saint – Romans 8:12-17 A. Romans 8:12-13 A Saint Puts to Death the Natural Man B. Romans 8:14 A Saint is led by … Continue reading

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Acts 27: A Metaphor for Building Zion

Luke is an eyewitness of the amazing 2,000 mile sea voyage that Paul takes to Rome. Paul’s friend Aristarchus (Acts 27:2) accompanies Paul and Luke on this journey. The fact that Paul’s guard Julius allows Paul to take liberty while … Continue reading

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The Seven Statements

The seven statements that we have in the gospels that Jesus uttered from the cross provide us with many insights into the character of Jesus Christ. His attributes, attitude towards those around him and his desire to lift us up … Continue reading

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