John

1 Thessalonians 3

Chapter three best begins with 1 Thessalonians 2:17, and is probably the most personal section in the entire letter. This is a great reminder that this is not just “a book in the Bible” but a personal letter between dear friends. For those of us reading since that time, it also reveals what genuine Christian …

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Mark 16

Chapter sixteen requires some examination. Due to a series of variants between Greek manuscripts, this chapter could end with verse eight, verse eight plus a closing tag, or include all twenty verses. Most conservative scholarship agrees that Mark 16:9-20 were not included in Mark’s original writing. This causes concern for some, though, because, while the …

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Mark 14

Chapter fourteen is the longest chapter in Mark and primarily covers Jesus’ Passover evening with his disciples. In Mark 14:3-9 Mark recorded the incident when Jesus was anointed with expensive oil. John notes that it was his friend, Mary, who did it before Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem (John 12:1-8). Mark placed it here to show …

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