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Mark 13:1-2

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The Destruction of the Temple

13:1 Now 1  as Jesus 2  was going out of the temple courts, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look at these tremendous stones and buildings!” 3  13:2 Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left on another. 4  All will be torn down!” 5 

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the transition to a new topic.

2 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 sn The Jerusalem temple was widely admired around the world. See Josephus, Ant. 15.11 [15.380-425]; J. W. 5.5 [5.184-227] and Tacitus, History 5.8, who called it “immensely opulent.” Josephus compared it to a beautiful snowcapped mountain.

4 sn With the statement not one stone will be left on another Jesus predicted the total destruction of the temple, something that did occur in a.d. 70.

5 tn Grk “not one stone will be left here on another which will not be thrown down.”



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