Skeptics Annotated Bible A Response

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#58 - How many blind men were healed near Jericho?

Response by Dave Marr

"And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David." Matthew 20:30

Only one.

"And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me." Mark 10:46

"And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging." Luke 18:35

Here is a case where the skeptic will fool those who aren’t paying close attention to detail. Matt. 20:30 says: “And as they departed from Jericho”. Mark 10:46 states: “And they came to Jericho” and Luke 18:35 concurs: “And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho”. These are clearly two different events: Mark and Luke records the entry to Jericho, and Matthew records Jesus’ departure.