Archive for August 7th, 2019

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: What did the soldiers give Jesus to drink?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Vinegar and gall

they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.” (Matthew 27:34)

Wine and myrrh

They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it.” (Mark 15:23)


Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink, saying, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down.”” (Mark 15:36)

The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine,” (Luke 23:36)

Vinegar and hyssop

A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.” (John 19:29)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:


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