Some argue that the Bible is contradictory concerning whether Jesus saw Annas or Caiaphas after he was arrested. The argument is that Matthew 26:57 says that Jesus saw Caiaphas, but John 18:19, 24 says that Jesus saw Annas first. However, the solution to this alleged contradiction in the Bible is simple.
Scriptures – Did Jesus See Annas or Caiaphas After He Was Arrested?
Matthew 26:57 – Jesus Saw Caiaphas
Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered.Matthew 26:57
John 18:19, 24 – Jesus Saw Annas
19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching… 24 Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.John 18:19, 24
The Answer – Did Jesus See Annas or Caiaphas After He Was Arrested?
Jesus Saw Annas, Then Caiaphus
Luke 3:2 tells us that at that time, Annas and Caiaphas were both high priests:
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness.Luke 3:2
Acts 4:5-6 tells us that both Annas and Caiaphas were present after Jesus was arrested:
5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.Acts 4:5-6
This would mean that after Jesus was arrested, he was first brought to Annas, who then brought Jesus to Caiaphas. Matthew 26:57 does not exclude the possibility that events occurred between Jesus’ arrest and Jesus being brought to Caiaphas; it can be interpreted to mean that Jesus ”’ended up”’ being brought to Caiaphas.
There is simply no contradiction between Matthew 26:57 and John 18:19, 24.
Foundational Principles Regarding Bible Difficulties
There are some foundational principles that apply to all alleged and apparent contradictions in the Bible. To read more, see Bible Difficulties: Foundational Principles.
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