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Proximity of Passages

July 26, 2014

As one reads the gospels, it is interesting to find related passages at such close proximity to one another. Example: the parable of the fig tree, Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the authority of Jesus being questioned all occur close to each other in both Matthew and Mark.

That’s because the writers are narrating real life incidents. They are bringing back to mind occurrences that happened. Hence it must not surprise us when the writers make easy associations of various incidents, either sequentially or thematically. This is evident consistently as one reads the gospels. Also there is just a healthy measure of difference to indicate they have not been artificially written to endorse and bolster one another’s crafty intents. Something to keep in mind concerning the veracity of the narratives and the character of the authors.

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