Matthew 27:20

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Matthew 27:20: But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.

Mark 15:11: But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.
Luke 23:18-23: And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder. Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.” But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.

Matthew says that the crowd asked for Barabbas due to the chief priests and elders, but Mark says that the crowd asked for Barabbas due to the chief priests, and Luke says that the crowd asked for Barabbas of their own accord.

Contradictions:
1. Chief priests and elders persuaded them != Chief priests persuaded them.
2. Chief priests and elders persuaded them != No one persuaded them.

(Solving: 1)

Mark mentioning only one group behind the crowd's outcry doesn't exclude there being more.

(Solving: 2)

Luke doesn't say that the people asked of their own accord; all it says is that the people cried out, which doesn't conflict with there being a group behind it.

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