Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “When did Jesus receive his beating?”
Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:
Before Pilate ordered his crucifixion.
And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him; 3 and they began to come up to Him and say, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and to give Him slaps in the face.
So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified. (John 19:2-3, 16)
After Pilate ordered his crucifixion.
Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified. (Mark 15:15)
(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)
The page that feature this alleged contradiction also says “Christian Response (None yet).” Let us change that. Don’t take the lack of a Christian response thus far to mean that it’s so difficult there’s nothing that can be said in response.
Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction: