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And Jesus, with his disciples, withdrew to the lake and a large crowd from Galilee followed him, and a large crowd from Judea, Bible

“a large crowd from Galilee.” Mark 3:7-8 seems to actually describe two different crowds, one from Galilee where Jesus had his headquarters and spent most of his time, and one from many other places where either Jesus had visited or word about him had reached.

“followed him.” Jesus’ headquarters was in Galilee, so he was near the people of Galilee most of the time, so they could “follow him.” In contrast, the crowd that had come from further away had to travel to get to where he was, so the text says those people “came to him” (Mark 3:8).


Commentary for: Mark 3:7