List of Some New Testament Errors and Contradictions

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  1. Scripture supporting that scripture is from God, not man:
    1. 2 Timothy 3:16 – “scripture inspired of God”
    2. 2 Peter 1:20-21 – “no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God”
  2. The resurrection story: this is the central, most critical story of Christian doctrine because if Jesus did not die on the cross and rise from tomb, then Christian doctrine has no foundation. So why did God allow such a jumbled set of stories be written down in a way that cannot be reconciled from a timeline and other points of view. This just creates doubt about the truth of these stories and opens them up for attack. - [DTA]
    1. What did Jesus say just before he died?
      1. Matt 27 (ESV) “(46) and about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying … “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” .. (50) And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit” Note: Jesus cried out twice
      2. Mark 15 (ESV) “(34) and at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice ...“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” … (37) And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last” Note: Jesus cried out twice. Matt and Mark agree.
      3. Luke 23 (ESV) – “(46) Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit! And having said this he breathed his last” Note: This is different that Matt/Mark. No mention of the second time he cried out.
      4. John 19:30 (ESV) – “(28) After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” (30) When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” Note: this is yet different from Matt/Mark or Luke.
      5. Note: There are three different versions of the last words of Jesus. In Luke and John, it must have been his very last words, because in the very next sentence “he breathed his last” or “gave up his spirit.” In Matt and Mark, it says he cried out with a loud voice just before he yielded up his spirit. He may have said something, but it is not recorded in Matt/Mark.
    2. What did the centurion say after Jesus died?
      1. Matt 27 (ESV) “(54) Truly this is the son of God”
      2. Mark 15 (ESV) “(39) Truly this man was the son of God”
      3. Luke 23 (ESV) “(47) Certainly this man was innocent!”
      4. John (ESV) No reference to what a Centurion said.
        1. John describes the “no broken bones” and “piercing” prophecies. These are not mentioned in Matt/Mark/Luke. If these are important prophecies, why are they not mentioned in each testimony?
    3. What did the sign over his head say?
      1. Matthew 27 (ESV) “(37) THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS”
      2. Mark 15 (ESV) “(26) THE KING OF THE JEWS”
      3. Luke 23 (ESV) “(38) THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”
      4. John 19 (ESV) “(19) JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS”
      5. Note: None of these agree perfectly (i.e without error).
    4. When did Jesus die?
      1. Matthew 27 (ESV) “(45) Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. (46) And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out … (50) And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit”
      2. Mark 15 (ESV) “(25) And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.”
      3. Luke 23 (ESV) “(44) It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, (46) … and having said this he breathed his last.”
      4. John 19 (ESV) “(14) … It was about the sixth hour.”
      5. Note: Luke contradicts the other gospels. One explanation is that Luke was using a different time reference system than the others (Jewish vs. Roman). This is a speculation as is even the authorship of any of the four gospels.
    5. What happened when Jesus died?
      1. Matthew 27 (ESV)
        1. (51) “the curtain of the temple was torn in two”
        2. (51) “the earth shook and the rocks were split.”
        3. (52) “many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, (53) and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”
        4. Note: no mention of the piercing and blood and water
      2. Mark 15 (ESV)
        1. (38) “And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.”
        2. Note: no mention of the piercing and blood and water
        3. Note: No mention of the earthquake
        4. Note: No mention of the bodies rising up and going into the city
      3. Luke 23 (ESV)
        1. (45) “and the curtain of the temple was torn in two”
        2. Note: no mention of the piercing and blood and water
        3. Note: No mention of the earthquake
        4. Note: No mention of the bodies rising up and going into the city
      4. John 19 (ESV)
        1. “(33) they did not break his legs. …(34) one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. … (36) For these things took place that Scripture might be fulfilled.”
        2. Note: No mention of the torn curtain
        3. Note: No mention of the earthquake
        4. Note: No mention of the bodies rising up and going into the city
        5. Note: If these things took place that scripture might be fulfilled, why were they not mentioned in the other gospels?
    6. Who arrived at the tomb the next morning first?
      1. Matt 28 (ESV) “(1) Mary Magdalene and the other Mary”
      2. Mark 16 (ESV) “(1) Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Salome”
      3. Luke 23 (ESV) “(55) The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how this body was laid. (56) Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.” Luke 24 (ESV) “(1) one the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. (10) Now it was Mary Magdaline and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles …”
      4. John 20 (ESV) “(1) Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early” Note: no mention of the other women.
    7. When did she or they arrive?
      1. Matt 28 (ESV) “(1) toward the dawn of the first day of the week”
      2. Mark 16 (ESV) “(2) first day of the week, when the sun had risen”
      3. Luke 24 (ESV) “(1) first day of the week, at early dawn”
      4. John 20 (ESV) “(1) on the first day of the week … while it was still dark
      5. Note: Mark and John accounts contradict each other
    8. Who entered the tomb first? Mary or Simon Peter?
      1. Matt 28 (ESV) “(1) Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb … (5) But the angel said to the women … (6) come, see the place where he lay.” Note: Mary
      2. Mark 16 (ESV) “(1)Mary Magdaline … (2) went to the tomb. (5) and entering the tomb … “ Note: Mary
      3. Luke 24 (ESV) “(3) but when they went in they did not find the body … (10) Now it was Mary Magdaline and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles …” Note: Mary
      4. John 20 (ESV) “(1) Mary Magdalene … saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. (2) So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple … (3) So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. … (6) Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. … (11) But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. (12) And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. … (14) she turned around and saw Jesus standing …” Note: Simon Peter entered first
        1. Note: No mention of Mary experiencing an earthquake or seeing angels rolling back the stone door and going into the tomb before Simon Peter arrived. John doesn’t even say she entered the tomb.
        2. Note: John’s testimony relates a different sequence of events. 1) Mary goes to tomb while still dark. 2) She doesn’t enter the tomb. 3) She returns to tell Simon Peter Jesus is missing. 4) Simon Peter goes to the tomb and enters to find Jesus missing. 5) Simon Peter leaves. 6) Mary stays behind and looks in the tomb to see the two angels, but still doesn’t enter the tomb. 6) The angels talk to Mary. 7) Mary meets Jesus at the tomb.
          1. This is totally different than Matt/Mark/Luke
            1. Matt – no mention of any disciples going to the tomb
            2. Mark – no mention of any disciples going to the tomb
            3. Luke – Peter went to the tomb after Mary told her story “to the eleven and to all the rest.”
            4. John – Mary told “Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved” (not all eleven). The Simon Peter went to the tomb.
    9. What happened when she/they first arrived?
      1. Matt 28 (ESV) “(2) And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. … (4) And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. (5) But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.””
      2. Mark 16 (ESV) “(3) And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” (4) And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. (5) And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.” Note: No mention of the earthquake and angel that rolled away the stone.
      3. Luke 24 (ESV) “(2) And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb ... (3) when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (4) behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. (23) they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels …”
      4. John 20 (ESV) “(1) Mary Magdalene … saw that the stone has been taken away from the tomb.”
        1. Note: No mention of the earthquake and angel that rolled away the stone.
    10. How many angels/men were there at Jesus’ tomb when they arrived?
      1. Matthew 28 (ESV) (2) one angel
      2. Mark 16 (ESV) (5) a young man
      3. Luke 24 (ESV) two men; in v23 were described as angels
      4. John 20 (ESV) “(12) and she saw two angels”
        1. Note: this was after she (Mary) had already visited the tomb, returned to tell Simon Peter that Jesus was missing, returned to the tomb and after Simon Peter and the other disciple has entered the tomb not seeing any angels.
    11. Where the angels standing or sitting?
      1. Matt 28 (ESV) “(2) And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. (3) His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.”
      2. Mark 16 (ESV) “(5) they saw a young man sitting on the right side” Note: This young man was not described as an angel.
      3. Luke 24 (ESV) “(4) two men stood by them in dazzling apparel”
      4. John 20 (ESV) “(12) sitting where the body of Jesus had lain …”
    12. Were the angels inside the tomb or outside the tomb?
      1. Matt 28 (ESV) “(2) sat on it” Note: sat on the door – so outside the tomb
      2. Mark 16 (ESV) “(5) and entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting …” Note: inside the tomb, but may not even be an angel
      3. Luke 24 (ESV) “(3) when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (4) behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. (23) they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels …” Note: thus inside the tomb
      4. John 20 (ESV) “(11) she stooped to look into the tomb. (12) And she saw two angels in white …” Note: thus inside the tomb.
    13. What did the soldiers do?
      1. Matt 28 (ESV) “(11) some of the guard went into the city … (13) His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we were asleep.” (15) And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
        1. Note: even though it was a lie to cover their incompetence, it was a lie with a big hole in it. How could anyone believe the soldiers knew what happened if they were ASLEEP!
      2. Mark (ESV) no soldiers were mentioned
      3. Luke (ESV) no soldiers were mentioned
      4. John (ESV) no soldiers were mentioned
    14. Did Jesus appear to Mary Magdalene and where?
      1. Matt 28 (ESV) “(8) so they departed quickly from the tomb … and ran to tell the disciples. (9) and behold, Jesus met them” Note: he met them after they departed the tomb.
      2. Mark 16 (ESV) “(9) … he (Jesus) appeared first to Mary Magdalene …” Note: Mark does not indicate where Jesus met Mary.
      3. Luke 24 (ESV) Note: No mention of Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene.
      4. John 20 (ESV) “(14) Having said this (referring to the angels in the tomb), she turned around and saw Jesus standing …” Note: Mary met Jesus AT the tomb.
    15. Where did Jesus go after he arose – Jerusalem or Galilee? Where did he appear to the apostles?
      1. Matt 28 (ESV) “(7) he is going before you to Galilee… (9) And behold, Jesus met them (Note: Mary Magdalene and the other Mary) … (10) The Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me. … (16) Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. (17) And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted (in Galilee).”
        1. Both the angel and Jesus said Jesus would meet the disciples in Galilee. This is clearly stated in 28:10. Yet in other gospels, Jesus met them in Jerusalem.
        2. No mention of Jesus meeting the disciples in Jerusalem.
        3. The great commission was given to the disciples in Galilee.
      2. Mark 16 (ESV) “(7) he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you. (9) he appeared first to Mary Magdalene … (12) he appeared in another form to two of them as they were walking in the country (near Jerusalem)… (13) And they went back and told the rest … (14) he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table … “
        1. Mark 14 (ESV) “(28) But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”
          1. It is clear that, according to Matt., Jesus was to meet the disciples in Galilee, not Jerusalem.
        2. The angel said Jesus would meet the disciples in Galilee.
        3. Mark doesn’t say where Jesus appeared to Mary or the two, but it must have been near Jerusalem.
      3. Luke 24 (ESV) “(13) That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. … (15) Jesus himself drew near and went with them. … (33) And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together. … (36) As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them (note: all 11)… (50) Then he led them out as far as Bethany… (52) they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem…”
        1. Jesus met two disciples in Emmaus (that very day) about seven miles from Jerusalem. They returned to Jerusalem (that same hour) and found the 11 disciples.
        2. Jesus met the 11 disciples in Jerusalem (that very day) including Thomas.
        3. No mention of Jesus meeting the disciples in Galilee.
        4. Jesus let them out as far as Bethany (about 1 - 2 miles from Jerusalem) and Jesus was carried up into heaven
      4. John 20 (ESV) “(14) … she (Mary Magdalene) turned around and saw Jesus standing … (19) on the evening of that day, the first day of the week … Jesus came and stood among them (the disciples) … (24) Now Thomas … was not with them when Jesus came. … (26) Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them … Jesus came and stood among them …“
        1. Jesus appears (on that very day) to the disciples.
        2. John indicates that Thomas was not with the disciples when Jesus first met them. Eight days later Jesus appears to the disciples, including Thomas. This conflicts with Luke 24:36 where Jesus met with all 11 on the first day he arose.
        3. Matt has a reference to Jesus meeting the disciples in Galilee where “some doubted.” John has the doubting Thomas story set in Jerusalem. By the time Jesus (eventually) met them in Galilee, all doubt should have been erased.
        4. John relates numerous visitations by Jesus upon the disciples that are not mentioned in the other gospels.
      5. Notes:
        1. Jesus was crucified at Golgotha, a site immediately outside Jerusalem.
        2. Galilee is a three day journey from Jerusalem.
        3. Bethany is about 1 – 2 miles from Jerusalem.
        4. Luke timeline indicates Jesus first met with all 11 disciples in Jerusalem on the day of his resurrection.
        5. John timeline indicates that 8 days later they were still in Jerusalem (Doubting Thomas story)
        6. Luke timeline has Thomas (one of the 11) present when Jesus first appeared. John says, “Now Thomas … was not with them when Jesus came.”
    16. What did Mary Magdalene and the other women do?
      1. Matt 28 (ESV) “(8) So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”
      2. Mark 16 (ESV) “(8) And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” Note: This conflicts with Matt 28: 8
      3. Luke 24 (ESV) “(9) and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.”
    17. The Great Commission
      1. Matt 28: (ESV) “(16) Now the eleven disciples went to Galiliee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. (17) … but some doubted. (19) … go therefore and make disciples of all nations …”
        1. records the great commission; it took place in Galilee.
      2. Mark 16: records the great commission; doesn’t say, but context indicates Jeruslem.
        1. Mark 16 (ESV) “(14) Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.”
          1. If Jesus actually first met the eleven in Jerusalem on the first day of his resurrection, then the doubting makes sense as this would be a reasonable initial reaction. However, if the disciples stayed in Jerusalem for some number of days (at least 8 according to John) before going to Galilee, then this would have allowed sufficient time along with several appearances by Jesus to erase all doubt before traveling to Galilee. Therefore, since Jesus rebuked the eleven for doubt immediately before delivering the Great Commission, it must have occurred in Jerusalem.
      3. Luke: no mention of the great commission
      4. John: no mention of the great commission
    18. Jesus ascension
      1. Matt – doesn’t mention the ascension
      2. Mark – does tell of the ascension
      3. Luke – does tell of the ascension
      4. John – records more details of Jesus actions after his resurrection than the other gospels, but doesn’t record the ascension.
    19. Did all eleven “believe” before going to Galilee?
      1. Luke records an appearance before the eleven (Luke 24:33) disciples in Jerusalem where Jesus “opens their minds to understand the scriptures” and also tells them to “stay in “the city (Jerusalem) until you are clothed with power from on high.” Both of these actions by Jesus should have erased any doubt in the eleven before they traveled to Galilee, yet in Matt., after arriving in Galilee, some still doubted, even though John records the story of “doubting Thomas” as if he was the only one that did not yet believe and after the second appearance by Jesus to the eleven in Jerusalem, even Thomas believed. Therefore, they all believed before going to Galilee.
    20. Why was the stone covering the entrance to Jesus tomb rolled away? Did Jesus require the stone to be moved to get out of the tomb? He walks through doors, disappears and reappears in “thin air” in other verses after he arose.
      1. Matthew – Mary Magdalene and the other Mary saw the stone rolled back due to and Angel and earthquake.
      2. Mark – When the sun had risen, the stone was already rolled back when Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James arrived. Why?
      3. Luke – same as Mark
      4. John – while still dark – found the stone rolled away.
    21. Conclusions:
      1. One defense is that divergent accounts of a story prove the writers did not collaborate on their stories. However, we are not discussing man’s feeble attempts to get a story right. Scripture is claimed to be “God Breathed” or revelation and inerrant. Thus, the story is from one “perfect” being that should have been able to harmonize the story among four receivers of revelation without contributing to all the skepticism surrounding his resurrection. [DTA]
      2. I read a few defenses of the timeline issues of the four gospels and they all rely upon assumptions about what was NOT recorded in the gospels to fill in gaps in an attempt to reconcile the timeline. The bottom line is that the gospels are, in each case, a partial recollection of the supposed events written down, at best, many decades after the actual event by authors that are anonymous. [DTA]
      3. Below is a portion of Age of Reason, Chapter 2 by Thomas Paine 10.2
        1. “The book ascribed to Matthew says ‘there was darkness over all the land from the sixth hour unto the ninth hour — that the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom — that there was an earthquake — that the rocks rent — that the graves opened, that the bodies of many of the saints that slept arose and came out of their graves after the resurrection, and went into the holy city and appeared unto many.’ Such is the account which this dashing writer of the book of Matthew gives, but in which he is not supported by the writers of the other books.
        2. The writer of the book ascribed to Mark, in detailing the circumstances of the crucifixion, makes no mention of any earthquake, nor of rocks rending, nor of the graves opening, nor of the dead men walking out. The writer of Luke is silent also upon the same points. And as to the writer of the book of John, though he details all the circumstances of the crucifixion down to the burial of Christ, he says nothing about either the darkness — the veil of the temple — the earthquake — the rocks — the graves — nor the dead men.
        3. Now, if it had been true that those things had happened, and if the writers of those books had lived at the time they did happen, and had been the persons they are said to be, namely, the four men called apostles, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, it was not possible for them, as true historians, even without the aid of inspiration, not to have recorded them. The things, supposing them to have been facts, were of too much notoriety not to have been known, and of too much importance not to have been told. All these supposed apostles must have been witnesses of the earthquake, if there had been any; for it was not possible for them to have been absent from it; the opening of the graves and the resurrection of the dead men, and their walking about the city, is of greater importance than the earthquake. An earthquake is always possible and natural, and proves nothing but this opening of the graves is supernatural, and directly in point to their doctrine, their cause, and their apostleship. Had it been true, it would have filled up whole chapters of those books, and been the chosen theme and general chorus of all the writers; but instead of this, little and trivial things, and mere prattling conversations of, he said this, and he said that, are often tediously detailed, while this, most important of all, had it been true, is passed off in a slovenly manner by a single dash of the pen, and that by one writer only, and not so much as hinted at by the rest.
  3. Mark 15:42 (KJV) “Now when the even was come …” The word “even” is a mistake; should be evening – corrected in ESV.
  4. Jesus was a direct descendent of King David - Rom 1:3; Acts 2:30
    1. Rom 1:3 (ESV) “concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh …”
    2. Genealogies of Jesus do not match.
      1. Matt 1 and Luke 3
      2. The lists are identical between Abraham and David, but differ radically from that point onward.
  5. Matt 1:16 (ESV) – “and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born … “ Luke 3:23 (ESV) – Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,” Note: Joseph has two different fathers listed.
  6. Jonah 1:17 (ESV) – “and the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah.” Matt 12:40 (KJV) – “… in the whales belly …” Note ([DTA]): EVS uses fish instead of whale. Whales are not fish. These are the sort of mistakes man makes, not a perfect God in control of translations.
  7. Matt 13:31-32 (ESV) – “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed … It is the smallest of all seeds, but … becomes a tree.” Note ([DTA]): there are many smaller seeds, like the orchid seed and mustard plants don’t grow into trees.
  8. Matt 4:8 (ESV) – “the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world … “ Note ([DTA]): you can’t see all the kingdoms of world from a high mountain.
  9. Matt 16:28 (ESV) “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Note ([DTA]): I think those in the crowd are all dead and Jesus has not come back yet.
    1. This “problem text” has resulted in the “Wandering Jew” legend. Also attributed to John 21:20-25.
    2. The lass supper – was it before Passover or on Passover
    3. Mark 14:12-18 (an the other synoptics) indicates the last supper WAS the Passover meal.
    4. John 13:27-30 indicates the last supper was NOT the Passover meal.
  10. The infancy narratives – Matthew and Luke
    1. “The first thing to say is that these are obviously different stories. There is just no overlap between them except for the fact that they feature the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, and end up in Nazareth. Even if the two accounts had no explicit contradictions, it's decidedly odd that almost nothing that occurs in Matthew is mentioned in Luke, and vice versa.” 14.1
    2. Where was the home of Joseph and Mary? Nazareth or Bethlehem
    3. How long were they in Bethlehem?
  11. Jonah was 3 nights and 3 days in the whale. So will Jesus be 3 nights and 3 days in the earth. But, Jesus was only 1 day and 2 nights in the earth.
  12. When did the tree die?
    1. Matt 21:18-20 – Immediately
    2. Mark 11:19-21 – By next day
      1. Note that Jesus curses the fig tree for not having figs even though it was not the season for figs according to these verses. This seems very vindictive/childish of Jesus/God as he supposedly created the fig tree and its seasons and should not have blamed the tree. [DTA]
  13. Was the Centurion present or did he send elders of the Jews?
    1. Matt 8:5-6 – Centurion himself met Jesus
    2. Luke 7:2-3 – Centurion sent elders of the Jews
  14. Jesus heals blind beggar before entering or after leaving Jericho?
    1. Mark 10:46 – after he was leaving
    2. Luke 18:35 – before he entered
  15. Did Jesus or Simon carry the cross?
    1. Mark 15:21 – Simon
    2. John 19:17 – Jesus
  16. Is John the Baptist Elijah?
    1. Matt 11:11-14 – Yes
    2. John 1:21 – No
  17. The man’s ear is cut off before or after Jesus is seized?
    1. Mark 14:45-47 – Before
      1. Judas kisses Jesus
      2. No mention of Jesus healing the man’s ear
    2. Luke 22:47-54 – After
      1. Judas doesn’t kiss Jesus
      2. Jesus heals the man’s ear
  18. When was Judas paid 30 pieces of silver?
    1. Mark 14:10-11 – after Judas betrayed Jesus – he was promised money
    2. Matt 26:14-16 – before Judas betrayed Jesus – he was paid immediately
  19. Who asked Jesus to allow the son’s of Zebedee to sit on right and left of Jesus?
    1. Mark 10:35-37 – The sons James and John ask themselves
    2. Matt 20:20-21 – The mother of James and John ask
  20. Did Jesus abolish the law?
    1. Matt 5:17 – No
    2. Eph 2:15 – Yes
  21. Did Jesus ride into Jerusalem on one donkey or a donkey and a colt?
    1. Mark 11:1-7 – donkey
    2. Luke 19:29-35 - donkey
    3. Matt 21:1-7 – donkey and colt
  22. Did Jesus come to judge the world?
    1. John 9:39 – Yes
    2. John 12:47 – No
  23. Does Jesus forbid taking a staff?
    1. Mark 6:8 – No
    2. Luke 9:3 – Yes
  24. Matthew says Jeremiah when he means Zechariah
    1. Matt 27:9-10 – mentions “thirty pieces of silver” prophecy was spoken by Jeremiah. It was actually Zechariah 11:12-13.
  25. Mark and John don’t mention the virgin birth of Jesus
    1. The apostle Paul never mentions the virgin birth of Jesus
    2. Romans 1:3 KJV – “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;”
      1. Does this indicate Paul believed Jesus had a human father?
  26. Parts of the gospels are written specifically to fulfill certain prophecies, even though the result is absurd. Two examples:
    1. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and a colt
      1. Prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 - riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey – the prophecy didn’t mean riding on both, but Matthew didn’t understand this and wrote in Matt 21:1-7 that Jesus rode on both a donkey and a colt.
    2. Thirty pieces of silver – Zechariah 11:12-13
      1. Money was weighed out in the time of Zechariah, but not in the time of Jesus. Nevertheless, Matthew uses the term “thirty pieces of silver” to fulfill the prophecy.
  27. Note: there seems to be an endless list of errors/contradictions/issues of varying degree of seriousness - [DTA]