The Centurion’s Faith in Matthew and Luke -- By: Zane C. Hodges
BSac 121:484 (Oct 64) p. 321
The Centurion’s Faith in Matthew and Luke
[Zane C. Hodges, Assistant Professor, New Testament Literature and Exegesis, Dallas Theological Seminary.]
Between the parallel accounts of the healing of the centurion’s servant as recorded in Matthew and Luke, a flagrant discrepancy in fact appears, at first sight, to exist. For, whereas Luke represents the centurion as approaching the Lord Jesus through intermediaries, Matthew seems plainly to indicate that he came to Him in person. Naturally, there are many who tacitly assume that the Gospel writers are here in transparent contradiction; but even among those who do not make this assumption, the efforts made to harmonize the records are often inadequate and superficial. It seems, therefore, that the problem involved fully merits a thorough reconsideration.
BSac 121:484 (Oct 64) p. 322
Although the average Bible reader may fail to notice the problem as long as he reads the Gospels consecutively, the moment the two accounts are read side by side the difficulty becomes apparent. The passages in question are the following:
5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
1 Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
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