Is there a discrepancy between the Gospels?
Extract from: Yeshua, The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective. The Abridged Version p419
Critics of the New Testament identify an alleged discrepancy between these three reports because Mark wrote:
And they came to Jericho: and as he went out from Jericho, with His disciples and a great multitudeMk. 10:46.
Matthew confirmed this by saying:
And as they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.Mt. 20:29
However, Luke stated:
And it came to pass, as he drew near unto Jericho.Lk. 18:35
According to Mark and Matthew, this incident occurred while He went out from Jericho, whereas Luke reported that it happened while He was approaching Jericho. However, the historical geography of Israel dispels the apparent discrepancy. In the first century, two Jerichos existed: the Old Testament Jericho and the New Testament Jericho, built by Herod the Great and also where he died. Separated by about three miles, one had to first go through Old Testament Jericho to reach New Testament Jericho when approaching Jerusalem from the north. This incident occurred between the two Jerichos, as Yeshua went out of Old Testament Jericho and approached New Testament Jericho.