Bible

Visualizing Q

by Jimmy Akin

in Apologetics, Bible

There are 235 verses in Matthew that are paralleled in Luke but not in Mark or John. This number represents more than a fifth of Matthew and Luke, and so some scholars have proposed that there was a written source—called Q—that both Evangelists drew upon, though it is now lost. There are, of course, other […]

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St. Luke begins the second chapter of his Gospel with a chronological note about when Jesus was born: writing: In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria [Luke 2:1-2]. This passage has been subject to […]

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Three of the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—are very similar to each other when compared to the fourth Gospel, John. They tell the story of Jesus in very similar ways, frequently including the same stories and sayings and often using exactly the same words. That’s why these three are known as the “synoptic” Gospels—because they offer […]

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The readings you heard at Mass on Sunday say that God “duped” Jeremiah. Wait . . . what? How could an all-holy God “dupe” or deceive anybody? What’s going on here?   Let’s Start with the Text The readings for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A), contain a passage from Jeremiah, which reads, […]

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I just realized the solution to a minor biblical mystery. There is a famous passage in 1 Corinthians, where Paul is rebuking the Corinthian Christians for forming factions around different Church figures, and he writes: Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I am thankful that […]

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Questioning Q

by Jimmy Akin

in Bible

In a previous post, I looked at the hypothetical document Q, which most contemporary Bible scholars think was used by Matthew and Luke when they composed their Gospels. The reason they think this is that there are 235 verses in Matthew that are paralleled in Luke but not in Mark or John. The proposal is […]

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Some Thoughts About Q

by Jimmy Akin

in Bible

No, not that annoying guy from Star Trek. And not the gadget guy from James Bond. In biblical scholarship, Q is a hypothetical source that both Matthew and Luke supposedly used. The reason people talk about it is that there are about 235 verses in Matthew that are paralleled in Luke but not in Mark or […]

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In the Douay-Rheims version of the Bible, we read: Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I ate.” And the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because thou hast done this thing, thou art cursed among all cattle, and […]

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In the Gospels, the most famous miracle associated with Jesus—other than the Resurrection—is the Feeding of the Five Thousand. It’s recorded in all four Gospels. But Matthew and Mark record an additional, similar miracle, known as the Feeding of the Four Thousand. The numbers connected with this miracle are a little different (four thousand people […]

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Recently, Gretchen Passantino-Coburn posted an interesting piece on whether Jesus was trying to avoid the Cross when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. The piece very correctly points out that Jesus knew it was his Father’s will for him to die on the Cross and that he lived his life in complete submission to […]

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