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Feeding Four Thousand


In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, (Mark:8:1)


I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: (Mark:8:2)


And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. (Mark:8:3)


Divers - some or any person or object: - a (kind of) any (man thing thing at all) certain (thing).


In chapter seven of the Gospel of Mark, the story before the feeding of the four thousand story in chapter eight is of a deaf and dumb man that the character Jesus healed.


Suddenly chapter eight starts talking about feeding four thousand people for no apparent reason.


And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? (Mark:8:4)


For the disciples of the character Jesus to forget about the five loaves and two fishes that fed the five thousand just two chapters ago, that is, for the author of the Gospel of Mark to write, “Another feeding Thousands Story,” sends up a “Red Flag!”


And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. (Mark:8:5)


And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. (Mark:8:6)


And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. (Mark:8:7)


So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. (Mark:8:8)


And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away. (Mark:8:9)



Matthew


The story before the feeding of the four thousand in the Gospel of Matthew is also about the woman whose daughter the character Jesus healed.


After healing the woman’s daughter:


And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. (Matthew:15:29)


And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: (Matthew:15:30)


Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel. (Matthew:15:31)


Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. (Matthew:15:32)


The transition from the story about the character Jesus healing the woman’s daughter to the story about the feeding of the four thousand in the Gospel of Matthew is much smoother than in the Gospel of Mark, which makes it safe to say that the “Feeding of the Four Thousand Story” originated in the Gospel of Matthew.


It was probably added to the Gospel of Mark sometime after its original publication.


And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? (Matthew:15:33)


And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. (Matthew:15:34)


And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. (Matthew:15:35)


And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. (Matthew:15:36)


And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. (Matthew:15:37)


And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children. (Matthew:15:38)


The “Feeding of the Four Thousand,” probably didn’t happen.


Luke


The author of the Gospel of Luke doesn’t have anything to say about “Feeding Four Thousand.”


The author of the Gospel of Luke has nothing to say about, “Feeding the Five Thousand,” the character Jesus, “Walking on the Sea,” “What Defiles a Man” or “Dogs Under the Table” either.

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