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Answering The Atheist
February 19, 2006 / Volume 6, Issue 8

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Was Jesus taken to Caiaphas (Matthew 26:57; Mark 14:53; Luke 22:54) or Annas (John 18:13) first? Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
None of the synoptic gospel writers say that Jesus was taken to Caiaphas first. John explicitly tells us that He was taken to Annas first, and thereafter (v 24) delivered to Caiaphas.

I might tell someone that I am going to the grocery store. Is it contradictory if before I go there, I make a stop at the bank first? In like manner, those who laid hold of Jesus led Him to Caiaphas, but before arriving before him, they first brought Him to Annas.

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible