Is there a mistake in recording the wilderness temptation of Christ by Matthew or Luke? MATTHEW 4:5–10 – cf. Luke 4:5–12

MATTHEW 4:5–10 (cf. Luke 4:5–12)— there a mistake in recording the wilderness temptation of Christ by Matthew or Luke?

PROBLEM: According to both Matthew and Luke, the first temptation was to turn stones bread to satisfy Jesus’ hunger. The temptation listed by Matthew took place at the pinnacle of the . The temptation listed by Matthew involved all the kingdoms of the . However, although Luke mentions these same events, lists them in reverse order—the kingdoms of the are mentioned and the pinnacle of the mentioned . Which the correct order?

: may be that Matthew describes these temptations chronologically while Luke lists them climactically, that , topically. may be to express the climax desired to emphasize. Matthew 4:5 begins with the word “then” while verse 8 begins with the word “again.” In Greek, these words suggest a more sequential order of the events. In Luke’s account, however, verses 5 and 9 each begins with a simple “and” ( nasb). The Greek in the case of Luke’s account does not necessarily indicate a sequential order of events. Furthermore, there is no disagreement on the that these temptations actually happened.

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[1]Geisler, N. L., & Howe, T. A. (1992). critics ask : A popular handbook on difficulties (328). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor .

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