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Did Jesus heal the blind man coming into or going out of Jericho? MATTHEW 20:29–34 (cf. Mark 10:46–52; Luke 18:35–43)

MATTHEW 20:29–34 (cf. Mark 10:46–52; Luke 18:35–43)—Did heal the blind man coming or going out of Jericho?

: According to Luke, a blind man was healed as entered the city of Jericho (18:35), but Matthew and Mark declare that the healing took place as left the city of Jericho. Again, the accounts do not seem to be harmonious.

SOLUTION: believe that the healing in Luke have taken place as left Jericho, claiming that was only the initial contact that took place as “ was coming near Jericho” (Luke 18:35) and the blind man have followed Him through the city, since was continually begging to heal him (vv. 38–39). But seems unlikely, since even after the healing (v. 43) the very next verse (19:1) says, “then entered and passed through Jericho.”

Others respond by noting there were two Jerichos, the old and the new, so that as went out of one came the other.

Still others suggest that these are two different events. Matthew and Mark affirm the healing occurred as left the city (Matt. 20:29; Mark 10:46). But Luke speaks of healing one blind man as entered the city. supported by the fact that Luke refers only to a “multitude” of people being present as Jesus entered the city (18:36), but both Matthew (20:29) and Mark (10:46) make a to say there was a “ multitude” of people there by the time Jesus left the city. If the word spread of the miraculous healing on the way the city, account for the swelling of the crowd. might also explain why two blind were waiting on the other side of the city to plead for Jesus to heal them. Perhaps the first blind man who was healed went quickly to tell his blind friends what happened to him. Or maybe the other blind were already stationed at the other end of the city in their customary begging position. At any rate, there no irresolvable difficulty in the passage. The two accounts can be understood in a completely compatible way.

Geisler, N. L., & Howe, T. A. (1992). When critics ask : A popular handbook on difficulties (353). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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