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Mark 9: 2-8
"This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!"
How are they different?
The depictions of the scene of Jesus' transfiguration are relatively the same. The differences are descriptions of what Jesus' light resembles. In Mark's gospel, Jesus is related to bleach white, and in Matthew's gospel Jesus is related to white light. However, both are describing Jesus as something extremely bright that stands out from the everyone/everything else. The major difference in the story comes in the final two versus. In Mark, Jesus says nothing to Peter, James, and John following the events that just occurred. In Matthew, Jesus tells them not to be afraid, and tells them to stand. The stories changed in those final versus, but why the difference. It seems as though the voice from the sky scared the men in Matthew, but in Mark they had no reaction to the voice. In both stories the group of men offer something to Jesus, Elijah, and Moses. In Mark they offer three shelters, but in Matthew they offer three tabernacles.
"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"
Matthew 17: 1-8
"His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking to Jesus. . . Then a cloud appeared and a voice came from the cloud: 'This is my son, whom I love. Listen to him!' Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus."
The passages are very similar in structure, but vary in descriptions. Offerings of shelter rather than a tabernacle, Jesus comforting the group of men and not comforting them, and the different descriptions of his light.
"There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. . . While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!'. . .But Jesus came and touched them. 'Get Up, ' he said. 'Don't be afraid.' When they looked up, they saw no one expect Jesus."
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