Matthew 26:59-66

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Matthew 26:59-66: Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. […] Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! What do you think?” They answered and said, “He is deserving of death.”
Mark 14:55-64: Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree. […] Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.

Luke 22:66-71: As soon as it was day, the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, came together and led Him into their council, saying, “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe. And if I also ask you, you will by no means answer Me or let Me go. Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.” Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”
John 18:13-24: And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people. […] The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine. […] Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Matthew and Mark say that Jesus' initial hearing was a public trial, but Luke says that Jesus' initial hearing wasn't a trial, and John says that Jesus' initial hearing wasn't public.

Contradictions:
1. Initial hearing was a trial != Initial hearing wasn't a trial.
2. Initial hearing was public != Initial hearing wasn't public.

(Solving: 1)

Although Luke's account doesn't mention any false witnesses, it's too hasty to assume that he didn't think it was a trial.

Since this has yet to be demonstrated, the verses should not be considered contradictory.

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