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Inerrancy of the Bible - Three Accounts of A Demon-Possed Man

Discussion in 'Bibliology & Hermeneutics' started by settergren, Feb 5, 2003.

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  1. settergren

    settergren In Christ Alone

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    Regarding the demon possed man whom Jesus casted the demons out of, there are three passages, each from different gospels, which have an account of the story. Two of the accounts of this story say there was one demon possesed man while the third account says that there were two.

    Here are the passages:

     

     

    Does this discredit the inerrancy of the Bible in anyway? I don't think so. What possible explanations could there exist for these passages?
     
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  2. kern

    kern Miserere Nobis

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    I do not think this discredits inerrancy, nor do I think that it's necessary to come up with convoluted explanations (i.e. imagining that there are two different encounters being described here). It's just an example of the oral form of a story changing through transmission -- it's the same story, but the writer of Matthew received a slightly different version of it than the authors of Mark and Luke.

    One other interesting thing about this section is that Codex Sinaiticus has "Gazarenes" emended to "Gergesenes", and a few manuscripts have "Gerasenes", all of which are distinct places different from Gadarenes.

    -Chris
     
  3. Outspoken

    Outspoken Standing in the Gap

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    "What possible explanations could there exist for these passages?"

    Jewish oral tradtion for one :)
     
  4. slightlypuzzled

    slightlypuzzled New Member

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    or a difference in emphasis. Perhaps the 'one' mentioned in the other two accounts is a well know christian and is drawing the story from his point of view.
     
  5. judge

    judge Regular Member

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    These are perhaps two entirely different events.

    It seems that wherever Jesus went evil spirits recognised him.

    Why do you think they are the same event?
     
  6. kern

    kern Miserere Nobis

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    Because they occur in the same place in the narratives, they occur at the same time, and they are exactly the same story except for that one detail -- that in one account there were two men instead of one. The only reason to believe they are two separate accounts is in an attempt to preserve some strictly literal interpretation of "biblical innerancy".

    -Chris
     
  7. judge

    judge Regular Member

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    They happen in different places as well. I'll have to have a closer look some time.
     
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