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Answering The Atheist
August 27, 2006 / Volume 6, Issue 35

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Who put the robe on Jesus? Luke 23:11 says Herod's soldiers did, but the other gospels (Matthew 27:27-28; Mark 15:15-17; John 19:1-2) say that Pilate's soldiers did. Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
That a different group of soldiers is mentioned by Luke than by the other gospel writers is evident. Luke attributes the arraying of Jesus "...in a gorgeous robe..." to those who were with Herod. And yet, Matthew, Mark and John indicate that the soldiers of Pilate dressed Him in a "...purple robe..." and spat upon Him and struck Him. That both groups of soldiers are attributed with placing a robe upon Him is obvious. However, this does not necessitate a contradiction.

It could be that the soldiers of Herod placed the robe upon Him, that they might mock Him, but that it was removed, whether by Pilate or by the soldiers who returned Him to Pilate. Then, before taking Him to be crucified, the soldiers of Pilate likewise placed the robe upon Him, that they too might mock Jesus. There is no reason why both groups of soldiers could not have done to same thing.

There is no contradiction here.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible