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Mark 1

(1:2) "As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee."
Mark claims that John the Baptist fulfilled the prophecy given in Malachi (3:1, 4:1, 5). But the Malachi prophecy says that God will send Elijah before "the great and dreadful day of the LORD" in which the world will be consumed by fire. John the Baptist flatly denied that he was Elijah (Elias) in John 1:21 and the earth was not destroyed after John's appearance.

The phrase "as it is written in the prophets" is not found in the oldest and best Greek manuscripts which say, rather, "as it is written in Isaiah." Scribes made the change to correct the mistake of attributing the quotation to Isaiah, since the first part of the quote (v.2) is not from Isaiah, but from Ex.23:20 and Mal.3:1.1

(1:4) "John did baptize ... for the remission of sins."
Did Jesus sin?

1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
1:6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
1:7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. (1:9-11a) "Jesus ... was baptized of John in Jordan. And ... the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven."

(1:11b) "Thou art my beloved son."
How did God address Jesus at his baptism?

(1:12-13) "Immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan."
What did Jesus do after his baptism?

(1:14-17)
Which came first: the calling of Peter and Andrew or the imprisonment of John the Baptist?

(1:14) "After that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee."

(1:16) "As he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea."

(1:17) "And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men."

(1:21, 29) Where was the home of Peter and Andrew?

(1:21) "They went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue."

(1:23-26) Jesus casts out a godly "unclean spirit."

(1:23-24) "There was ... a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying ... I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God."
Are those who believe Jesus is the Christ of God?

(1:25) "Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace."

(2:26) "When the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him."

(1:29) "When they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew."

(1:30-31) Peter's mother-in-law was sick with a fever. Jesus healed her by touching her hand, so she could get back to serving them. (Peter's mother-in-law? The first pope was married?)

(1:30) "Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her."

(1:31) "And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them."

(1:32-34) Jesus heals "all that were diseased" by casting out devils. The devils knew Jesus, but Jesus told them to shut up about it.

(1:32) "They brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils."

(1:34) "And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him."

1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
1:12 And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
1:18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
1:19 And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.
1:20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
1:26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
1:28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
1:29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.
1:31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
1:32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
1:33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.
1:34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
1:36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
1:37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
1:39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils. (1:39) "And he ... cast out devils."
1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. (1:41) "Jesus, moved with compassion"
Some manuscripts say that Jesus was moved with anger, not compassion. Bart Ehrman in Misquoting Jesus (p.133-138) argues that the original text probably said that Jesus reacted with wrath rather than compassion, and was later changed by scribes to make the verse less problematic.
1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
1:43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
1:44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
1:45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

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1. Bart D. Ehrman, Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, (2005), p.94-5

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