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; 18:35–43)—Did heal the blind man coming into going out of Jericho?

PROBLEM: According to , 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.

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

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

others suggest that these are different events. Matthew and Mark clearly affirm the healing occurred as left the city (Matt. 20:29; Mark 10:46). But Luke speaks of healing one blind man as He entered the city. This is supported by the fact that Luke refers only to a “multitude” of people being present as entered the city (18:36), but both Matthew (20:29) and Mark (10:46) make a point to say there was a “ multitude” of people there by the time left the city. If the word spread of the miraculous healing on the way into the city, this would account for the swelling of the crowd. It might also explain why blind men were waiting on the other side of the city to plead for to heal them. Perhaps the first blind man who was healed went quickly to tell his blind friends what happened to him. maybe the other blind men were already stationed at the other end of the city in their customary begging position. At any rate, there is irresolvable difficulty in the . The accounts can be understood in a completely compatible way.

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

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