Answers – To Difficult Questions (Gospel of Mark) Select A Study From Below Mark 1:1 – Why does Mark omit giving any genealogy of Jesus like Matthew and Luke do? Mark 1:2 – How can Mark’s misquotation of this OT prophecy be justified? Mark 1:2 – Why does Mark cite Malachi 3:1 and Isaiah 40:3? Mark 1:7-13 – What did Jesus do after encountering John the Baptist? Mark 1:9 – Why was Jesus baptized? Mark 1:40-42 – Was Jesus breaking the law in touching a leper? Mark 2:14 – Was the taxman named Matthew or Levi? Mark 2:26 – Was Jesus wrong when He mentioned Abiathar as high priest instead of Ahimelech? Mark 2:26 – Was the high priest Abiathar or Ahimelech? Mark 2:26 – Was Abiathar or Ahimelech the high preist? Mark 3:13-19 – Why are the lists of disciples different? Mark 3:29 – Blaspheming the Holy Spirit? Mark 3:29 – Can you be forgiven of all sins or not? Mark 4:30-31 – Is the mustard seed the smallest of all seeds? Mark 4:31 – Was Jesus wrong in saying that the mustard seed is the smallest seed? Mark 5:1-2 – How many men came out to meet Jesus in Gerasene? Mark 5:1-2 – Did Jesus meet the demoniacs in Gerasene or Gaderene? Mark 5:23 – Was Jairus’ daughter alive or dead when he came to Jesus? Mark 6:5 – If Jesus is God, why couldn’t He do mighty works here? Mark 6:1-5 – How was Jesus rejected? Mark 6:5-6 – Could Jesus not perform miracles? Mark 6:7-13 – Does the commissioning of the Twelve contradict Mark and Luke’s account? Mark 6:8 – Did Jesus tell His disciples to take a staff or not? Mark 7:26-29 – Was Jesus cruel to this Canaanite woman? Mark 8:11–12—Did Jesus contradict Himself by saying there would be no sign given? Mark 9:2 – After how many days did Jesus take the three men up the mountain? Mark 9:50 – Did Jesus come to bring peace or not? Mark 10:2-12 – Is adultery the only reason for divorce? Are other reasons permitted? Mark 10:14-15 – Are believers supposed to be gullible like children? Mark 10:18 – Is Jesus not God? Mark 10:35-37 – Who made the request to sit beside Jesus in His kingdom? Mark 10:46-47 – How many blind men did Jesus encounter when leaving Jericho? Mark 11:2-7 – Were one or two animals brought to Jesus? Mark 11:11-12, 15-16 – Did Jesus cleanse the Temple once or twice? Mark 11:14, 20 – Did the tree that Jesus cursed wither immediately or overnight? Mark 11:15-17 – Why did Jesus get so angry? Was his anger justified? Mark 11:23–24—Did Jesus promise to give literally anything we ask in faith? Mark 13:2 – Why doesn’t Mark mention the destruction of the Temple in AD 70? Mark 13:10 – Does this predict the evangelization of the globe (as futurists claim) or the evangelization of the Roman Empire (as preterists claim)? Mark 13:14 – Does this refer to the destruction of the Temple in AD 70, as Preterist interpreters claim? Mark 13:26 – Are the clouds symbolic for God’s judgment (as Preterists claim), or are they literal (as Futurists claim)? Mark 13:30 – Did Jesus make a false prediction about his second coming? Mark 13:32 – Was Jesus ignorant of the time of His second coming? Mark 13:32 – If Jesus is God, why did He not know the hour of His return? Mark 14:12 – Did Jesus institute the Lord’s Supper on the day of the Passover or the day before? Mark 14:22 – Does this statement support the Roman Catholic view of transubstantiation? Mark 14:30 – Did the cock crow once or twice before Peter’s third denial of Jesus? Mark 14:43 – Who arrested Jesus? Mark 15:17 – Was Jesus’ robe “scarlet” or was it “purple”? Mark 15:20-21 – Did Jesus or Simon of Cyrene carry the cross? Mark 15:23 – Was the vinegar given to Jesus on the cross mingled with gall or myrrh Mark 15:25 – Was Jesus crucified on the third hour or the sixth hour? Mark 15:25 – Was Jesus crucified in the third hour or the sixth hour? Mark 15:25 – At what hour was Jesus crucified? Mark 15:26 – What was written on the sign on the cross? Mark 15:34 – What are the last words of Jesus? Mark 15:40 – Were the women close or far from the cross? Mark 16:1 – Do the Gospels disagree on who discovered the empty tomb? Mark 16:2 – Was Mary at the tomb before sunrise or after? Mark 16:2 – How long was Jesus dead in the tomb? Mark 16:1-4 – Was the stone moved away before Mary arrived at Jesus’ tomb or not? Mark 16:5 – How many men or angels appeared at the tomb? Mark 16:6-7 – What did the angels tell Mary at the empty tomb? Mark 16:8 – Did the women tell of their experience at the tomb or not? Mark 16:8 – Does Mark not mention the resurrection? Mark 16:8 – Did or did not the women tell what happened at the tomb? Mark 6:9 – Who saw Jesus first after His resurrection? Mark 16:9–20 – Why is this passage of Scripture omitted in some Bibles? Mark 16:9-20 – Is the ending of Mark really scripture? Mk. 16:9-20 – What happened to the end of Mark? Is this section Scripture or a scribal addition? Mark 16:12 – Did Jesus appear in different bodies after His resurrection?