Behold! Some hard evidence backing up my suspicion that the Gospel of John goes above and beyond what is written in the other three Gospels. This is the final part of a 4-post exploration comparing the Biblical and historical views of Pontius Pilot. It gets to the point, but I recommend reading the first three parts as well.
A warning to believers – the subject is approached a little harshly at times. I hope you can read this utilizing grace and attempt to understand the information that is presented.
Summing the Woeful Tally
The gospels simply do not tell a consistent story about the trial of Jesus.
Prophecy: In the first three gospels, a Silent Jesus comports with the prophecy of Isaiah, as intimated by Luke’s record in Acts. In John, a Mouthy Jesus precludes any possibility that Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled by the quick-witted Nazarene, who parried questions with a series of paradoxical comebacks that worked circles around a hapless Pilate. Either (1) Isaiah was indeed foretelling the messianic Jesus, and hence John was exaggerating the story for his own dramatic ends; or else (2) John finally told us the truth about just how talkative Jesus was, and the prior three gospels were skewing the trial to make the life of Jesus seem to fit Isaiah’s prophecy, when it really didn’t. In any case, one or more of the gospels was playing…
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