In Mark's gospel, the brothers James and John asked to sit at the side of Jesus in Heaven. This is Mark 10:35-37:
On the other hand, Matthew 20:20-21 has it that the request came from their mother:
These two passages are definitely about the same incident: in both Mark and Matthew, it comes right after Jesus foretells his death for the third time, and right before Jesus heals the blind. This is a problem. Inerrantists must reply like this:
It's possible. Indeed, Matthew indicates that all three were present. But the question is not who was present, but rather, who spoke?
I suppose you can say that the sons and their mother all spoke, one after another. But this is one of several occasions in the gospels where inerrancy requires you to believe that two authors gave half the story and nobody gave the whole story. This is very irritating. The more reasonable response is that Matthew, who used Mark as a source, altered the story to make the disciples look less foolish, by having someone else make the silly request.
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