In the Gospel of Matthew, we are told that two demon-possessed men approached Jesus:
- Matthew 8:28-29: "When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way. 29And they cried out, saying, 'What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?'"
This is in contrast to the Gospel of Mark, where only one demoniac appears:
- Mark 5:2-3, 5-7: "When [Christ] got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, 3and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain... 5Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones. 6Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; 7and shouting with a loud voice, he said, 'What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!'"
Is there a obvious, significant reason for the discrepancy between the two Gospels?