Contradictions of John with The Synoptic Gospels
Matthew 11:7-15 & 17:12-13: Jesus says that John the Baptist was a prophet, and more.
John 1:21: John himself says that he is not a prophet, nor is he Elijah.
Luke 7:18-23: John the Baptist is unsure if Jesus is the One (Christ) later into Jesus Ministry.
John 1:23-34: John the Baptist knows Jesus is the Christ from the beginning of Jesus Ministry.
Matthew 16:13-17: “The Father who is in Heaven” revealed to Peter that Jesus was the Christ (Messiah).
John 1:41: His Simon Peter’s brother Andrew revealed to Peter that Jesus was the Christ (Messiah).
Matthew 16:18-19: Jesus named Peter later in the ministry
John 1:42: Jesus named Peter from the start
John 1:32: It was John who saw the Spirit descending.
Matthew 3:16 & Mark 1:10: It was Jesus who saw the Spirit descending.
Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13: Immediately following his baptism, Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness resisting temptation by the Devil.
John 2:1-11: Three days after the Baptism, Jesus was at the wedding in Cana.
Matthew 21:12-13: The cleansing of the temple occurs at the end of Jesus’ career.
John 2:13-16: The cleansing of the temple occurs near the beginning of his career.
Matthew 12:39 & Mark 8:12 & Luke 11:29: Jesus says that he will give no “sign.”
John 3:2 & 20:30: Jesus proceeds to give many such “signs.”
Mark 1:14: Jesus began his ministry after the arrest of John the Baptist.
John 3:22-24: Jesus began his ministry before the arrest of John the Baptist.
Mark 6:53: After feeding the 5000, Jesus and the disciples went to Gennesaret
John 6:17-25: After feeding the 5000 they went to Capernaum.
Jesus quotes Scripture as saying, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”. No such statement is found in the Old Testament Scripture.
Luke 19:45-17: Mark 11:18 & The pivotal event that led to the crucifixion was the cleansing of the temple.
John 11:43-54: The pivotal event that led to the crucifixion was the raising of Lazarus.
Matthew 26:7 & Mark 14:3: When Jesus is anointed, the oil is poured on his head.
John 12:3: When Jesus is anointed, the oil is poured on his feet.
Matthew 21:2-6 & Mark 11:2-7 & Luke 19:30-35: The disciples follow Jesus instructions and bring him the animal(s)
John 12:14: Jesus finds the animal himself.
Luke 22:14-23: Jesus forecasts his betrayal after the communion portion of the supper.
John 13:21-30: Jesus forecasts his betrayal prior to the communion portion of the supper.
Matthew 26:14-25 & Mark 14:10-11 & Luke 22:3-23: Judas makes his bargain with the chief priests before the meal.
John 13:21-30: Judas made his bargain with the chief priests after the meal.
Matthew 26:23 & Mark 14:20: The one who would betray is identified as “one who is dipping bread into the dish with me.”
John 13:26: The one who would betray is identified by Jesus words, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.”
Luke 22:3-23: Satan entered Judas before the supper.
John 13:27: Satan entered Judas during the supper.
Matthew 26:49-50 & Mark 14:44-46: Jesus is betrayed by Judas with a kiss, then seized.
Luke 22:47-48: Jesus anticipates Judas’ kiss. No actual kiss is mentioned.
John 18:2-9: Jesus voluntarily steps forward to identify himself making it completely unnecessary for Judas to point him out. No kiss is mentioned.
Matthew 26:59-66 & Mark 14:55-64: Jesus was tried by the entire Sanhedrin (the chief priests and the whole council).
Luke 22:66-71: There was no trial but merely an inquiry held by the Sanhedrin.
John 18:13-24: There was no appearance before the Sanhedrin, only the private hearings before Annas and then Caiphas.
Matthew 27:11 & Mark 15:2 & Luke 23:3: When being questioned about his identity, Jesus responds, “You have said so”
John 18:33-34: When being questioned about his identity, Jesus responds, “Do you say this of your own accord?”
Matthew 27:11-14: Jesus answers not a single charge at his hearing before Pilate.
John 18:33-37: Jesus answers all charges at his hearing before Pilate.
Matthew 27:28: Jesus is given a scarlet robe (a sign of infamy).
John 19:2: Jesus is given a purple robe (a sign of royalty).
Mark 15:25: It was the third hour when they crucified Jesus.
John 19:14: It was the sixth hour when they crucified Jesus.
Mark 14:12: The crucifixion was on the day of preparation of the Passover (Passover eve).
John 19:14: The crucifixion was on the day of unleavened bread (1st day of the Passover).
Luke 23:49, Mark 15:40, Matt 27:55: The women were looking on from distance during the crucifixion.
John 19:25-26: The women were standing by the cross and speak with Jesus.
Luke 23:46: “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.”
Matthew 27:46-50 & Mark 15:34-37: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
John 19:30: The last words of Jesus were “It is finished.”
Luke 23:55-56: The women followed Joseph to the tomb, saw how the body had been laid, then went to prepare spices with which to anoint the body.
John 19:39-40: Joseph brought spices with him (75 or a 100 lbs.) and anointed the body (as the women should have noticed).
Mark 16:1-2: The women came to the tomb to anoint the body.
John 19:39-40: The body had already been anointed and wrapped in linen cloth.
Luke 23:55-24:1 & Luke 24:10: Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and “other women” (at least five).
Matthew 28:1: Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (two).
Mark 16:1: Both of the above plus Salome (three).
John 20:1: The first visitor was Mary Magdalene only (one).
Matthew 28:6-8: The women ran from the tomb “with great joy.”
John 20:1-2: Mary told Peter and the other disciple that the body had been stolen. (Would she feel “great joy” if she thought the body had been stolen?)
Mark 16:5 & Luke 24:3: Women entered the tomb.
John 20:1-2 & John 20:11: Women did not enter the tomb.
Matthew 28:9: On his first appearance to them, Jesus lets Mary Magdalene and the other Mary hold him by his feet.
John 20:17: On his first appearance to Mary, Jesus forbids her to touch him since he has not yet ascended to the Father.
John 20:27: A week later, although he has not yet ascended to the Father, Jesus tells Thomas to touch him.