ABC:Mark 1

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Verse 12

Jim Meritt of states a contradiction exists here, asking "Where was Jesus three days after his baptism?"[1]

Admittedly this actually stumped me at first, as the chronology in John 1 at first glance does seem to contradict Mark 1 as to what happened in the days after Jesus' baptism. However, as aptly pointed out by Mickey at[2]

What many, myself included, failed to notice is that John 1 never states Jesus' baptism was occurring, only that John was bearing witness that he had done so in the past. John 1:15-36 never says the baptism itself is taking place, only that John the Baptist sees Jesus coming and professes that the events of Matthew 3:13-17 and Mark 1:9-10 had occurred.


  1. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from
  2. Mickey (2009, December 28). Where was Jesus three days after His baptism? Thy Word Is True. Retrieved from