Mark 3:17

17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”),

Read Mark 3:17 Using Other Translations

And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);
James and John (the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus nicknamed them “Sons of Thunder” ),

What does Mark 3:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Mark 3:17

And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of
James
These are mentioned next, as being first called after Peter and Andrew:

and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, the sons of thunder:
either because of their loud and sonorous voice; or their warm zeal for Christ, and fervency in their ministry: or for their courage in opposing the enemies of Christ, and the power that went along with their words; which either put to confusion and silence, or issued in conviction and conversion. The Syriac version reads, "Benai Regesh", and the Persic, "Beni Reg'sch". The Jews, as our learned countryman Mr. Broughton has observed F23, sometimes pronounce "Scheva" by on, as Noabyim", for "Nebyim"; so here, "Boanerges" for Benereges", or "Benerges". There is a city which was in the tribe of Dan, mentioned in ( Joshua 19:45 ) , which is called "Bene-berak, the sons of lightning"; and is spoken of in the Jewish F24 writings, as a place where several of the Rabbins met, and conversed together: the reason of this name may be inquired after.


FOOTNOTES:

F23 Broughton's Requ. of Consent, in his Works, p. 620.
F24 Haggada Shel Pesach. p. 6. Ed. Rittangel. & in Seder Tephillot, Ed. Basil, fol. 243. 1. Juchasin, fol. 36. 1.
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