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Mark 6:2

ESV And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?
NIV When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. 'Where did this man get these things?' they asked. 'What's this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?
NASB And when the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, 'Where did this man learn these things, and what is this wisdom that has been given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands?
CSB When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. "Where did this man get these things? " they said. "What is this wisdom that has been given to him, and how are these miracles performed by his hands?
NLT The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, 'Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?'
KJV And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

What does Mark 6:2 mean?

Jesus begins His public teaching ministry in the synagogue in Capernaum (Mark 1:21). Once the people discover He can provide miraculous healing, the synagogue quickly becomes too small, and He has to move into the open (Mark 3:7; 4:1). In Nazareth, Jesus is able to preach in the synagogue again. There, instead of the religious Pharisees and the political Herodians (Mark 3:1–6), He faces a new roadblock: the familial townspeople. These people know Him, and they are shocked by what seems to them a sudden change.

Questions regarding Jesus' teaching are evolving. The Capernaum synagogue starts by probing the nature of Jesus' miracles and teaching (Mark 1:27). The Pharisees ask why Jesus is able to do such things (Mark 2:7). The disciples begin to understand that Jesus is someone different, but they can't identify who He could be (Mark 4:41). The people of Jesus' home town think they know exactly who He is but can't understand how He could have received such power. To their credit, they don't immediately assume Jesus was possessed by Beelzebub (Mark 3:22).

In keeping with Mark's tendency to value action over speech, He doesn't record what Jesus is teaching. However, Luke does (Luke 4:18–27). Jesus claims the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1–2, asserting He is filled with the Holy Spirit and can bless and rescue the poor, captives, blind, and oppressed. This is a sacred description that Jews believe will identify the Jewish Messiah. Jesus is saying that He is the Messiah they have been waiting for. The people of Nazareth can't accept it. To a modern audience, this would be like a seemingly-ordinary childhood friend coming home years later and insisting he's the richest and smartest man alive.
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