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Jesus teaches his apostles about faith and servanthood
The apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith. He taught them about faith and servanthood.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Mustard
Mustard. Herb noted especially for its small seeds (Mt 13:31).See Plants.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Mustard
Mustard [Gk sínapi]. The smallness of the mustard seed is mentioned in Mt. 13:31f.; 17:20; Mk. 4:31; Lk. 13:19; 17:6. The rabbis used a “grain of mustard” to characterize something very minute. The mustard plant, however, can be described as a “tree” (Mt. 13:32; cf. Lk. 13:19) and as putting out “great
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Mustard
mustard, a common plant used for oil, as a condiment, and as a potherb. Jesus refers to the mustard seed in contexts that emphasize its small size, which is even more notable relative to the size of the plant that grows from it. The kingdom of heaven is like such a seed, because it begins inauspiciously
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Mustard
MustardA plant cultivated in both gardens and fields for its seeds, ground for spice, and for the oil in the seeds (Gk. sɩ́napi; Matt. 13:31–32 par.; 17:20 par.). The variety grown in Palestine was black mustard (Brassica nigra Koch or Sinapis nigra L.), which can grow to 3 m. (10 ft.) in height but
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Mustard
Mustard (Gk. sínapi). A plant cultivated in both gardens and fields for its seeds, ground for spice, and for the oil in the seeds (Matt. 13:31–32 par.; 17:20 par.). The variety grown in Palestine was black mustard (Brassica nigra Koch or Sinapis nigra L.), which can grow to 3 m. (10 ft.) in height
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Mustard
MUSTARD An herb, Brassica nigra, that grows throughout Palestine and is also naturalized as a weed in most of the United States. Mustard can grow up to 8 feet (or 2.4 meters) high in one season, but its seeds are unusually small (Matt 13:31–32; 17:20; Mark 4:30–32; Luke 17:6).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Mustard
Mustard is mentioned in Matt. 13:31; 17:20; Mark 4:31; Luke 13:19; 17:6. It is generally agreed that the mustard tree of Scripture is the black mustard (Sinapis nigra). The objection commonly made against any sinapis being the plant of the parable is that the seed grew into “a tree,” in which the fowls
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Mustard
Mustarda plant of the genus sinapis, a pod-bearing, shrub-like plant, growing wild, and also cultivated in gardens. The little round seeds were an emblem of any small insignificant object. It is not mentioned in the Old Testament; and in each of the three instances of its occurrence in the New Testament
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Mustard
Mustardmustard, a common plant used for oil, as a condiment, and as a pot-herb. While it is hyperbole that mustard is ‘the smallest of seeds … the greatest of shrubs’ (Matt. 13:31; Mark 4:31; Luke 13:19), in both the parable of the mustard seed and in the statement about faith (Matt. 17:20; Luke 17:6)
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Mustard Seed
Mustard SeedFrom references in the Gospels and rabbinical writings, the mustard seed was proverbial for its smallness. Indeed, Jesus describes it as “the smallest seed you plant in the ground” (cf. Mk 4:31 NIV). Depending on the precise variety of seed, it produces a plant that would normally reach
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
MUSTARD
MUSTARD<mus’-tard> ([σίναπι, sinapi] (Mt 13:31; Mk 4:31; Lk 13:19; Mt 17:20; Lk 17:6)): The minuteness of the seed is referred to in all these passages, while in the first three the large size of the herb growing from it is mentioned. In Mt 13:32 it is described as “greater than the herbs,
Key passages
Lk 17:5–10

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” So the Lord said, “If you have faith like a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “And which of you who has a slave plowing or shepherding sheep who comes in from …

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