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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 Jesus heal the blind coming into or going out of Jericho?

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

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

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

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

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

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