Alleged Bible Contradiction 2: How many blind men did Jesus heal?

***DISCLAIMER***The following is far from an exhaustive answer to the question. It is simply an answer nonetheless.

Recently, someone asked me about an alleged Bible contradiction between Matthew 20:30 and Luke 18:35. Below is the question followed by my response to it. Because the question pertains to an alleged Bible contradiction, I have placed this under the umbrella of alleged Bible contradictions.

THE QUESTION

Matthew 20:30 mentions two blind men that received sight. However, Luke 18:35 mentions one. How do you reconcile this?

THE RESPONSE

In regards to the blind man’s receiving sight, one must consider Matthew 20:29-34, Luke 18:35-43 as well as Mark 10:46-52 when attempting to resolve this perceived contradiction. The texts read as follows (NASB):

Matthew 20:29-34

As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. 30 And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31 The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 32 And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 33 They *said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.

Luke 18:35-43

As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 36 Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was.37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he called out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him, 41 “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.

Mark 10:36-42

Then they *came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they *called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.”50 Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. 51 And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.

Clearly, the passage in Matthew mentions two blind men. The passages in Mark and Luke, however, make mention of one. Furthermore, the Mark passage states this blind man is named Bartimaeus. Although Mark and Luke mention one blind man, they do not state that there was only one blind man. Instead, their emphasis was on that one blind man. Matthew, however, states that there were two blind men in this situation. Furthermore, Jesus healed them both. In short, there really is no contradiction here. It’s just a matter of emphasis with the biblical authors in this situation.

I hope this helps.

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