Jesus’ Resurrection – Contradictions?

Jesus’ Resurrection – Contradictions?

All of the gospels tell the same basic story, but with divergent details. This gives strong evidence they are telling the truth, rather than copying from a single fictional account.

Below are some of the divergent details about the crucifixion of Jesus:

Barrabas

·         Mt 27:16 – notorious

·         Mk 15:7 – murderer, seditionist

·         Lk 23:18 – murderer, seditionist

·         Jn 18:40 – revolutionary, insurrectionist or domestic terrorist, political extremist

Jesus beaten

·         Mt 27:26 – flogged – flagellum

·         Mk 15:15 – flogged

·         Lk 23:22 – Pilate offers to have Jesus whipped and released

·         Jn 19:1 – flogged

Clothed in robe

·         (Pilate) Mt 27:28 – scarlet

·         (Pilate) Mk 15:16-17 – purple

·         (Herod) Lk 23:11 – brilliant (CSB); elegant (NIV); rich (NJB); royal (NLT); splendid (ESV); gorgeous (NAS)

·         (Pilate) Jn 19:2 – purple

Carried cross or pole

·         Mt 27:32 – Simon

·         Lk 23:26 – Simon

·         Jn 19:17 – Jesus
Jesus started carrying the beam. He subsequently fell under its weight. Simon was pressed into service to carry it the rest of the way.

Drink offerings

·         Mt 27:34 – Wine mixed with gall (bitter narcotic), when they arrived at Golgotha (soldiers)

·         Mk 15:23 – Wine mixed with myrrh, a primitive narcotic (soldiers)

·         Lk 23:36 – Sour wine (soldiers)

·         Jn 19:29 – Sponge fill of sour wine on hyssop (soldiers?)

Put on cross or tree at…

·         Mk 15:25 – Third hour (9AM)

·         Jn 19:14 – Sixth hour (Noon)
These are rough estimates of time. Events in the later morning were typically described as occurring around either the third (Mt 20:3; Acts 2:15), or sixth hour (Mk 15:33; Mt 20:5; Mt 27:45; Lk 23:44; Jn4:6; Jn 19:14; Acts 10:9).

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