I have a little exercise for you guys. Could you name the different and the similar details between the following accounts in the synoptics?
And when he entered Capharnaum again after [some] days, it was heard that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even by the door; and he was speaking the word to them. And they come, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four; and when they could not present him [to Jesus] because of the crowd, they removed the roof where he was, and when they had dug through [it], they lowered the stretcher on which the paralytic was lying, and Jesus having seen their faith says to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” But some of the scribes were sitting there and questioning in their hearts: “Why does this one talk like this? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God only?” And immediately Jesus, becoming aware in his spirit that they were questioning (like that) within themselves, says (to them), “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ’Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, (and) take up your stretcher and walk?’ But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on the earth”—he says to the paralytic—“I tell you, get up, take up your stretcher, and go to your house!” And he got up and immediately took up his bed and went out in front of them all, so that they all go out of their minds [in amazement] and glorify God, (saying,) “We’ve never seen anything like this!”
And it happened that on one of the days he was teaching; and there were Pharisees and Law-teachers sitting [there] (who had come from every hamlet of the Galilee and Judaea and Jerusalem), and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And look! Men carry a person who was paralyzed on a couch, and they were trying to bring him in and place (him) before him; and not finding no [way] to bring him in because of the crowd, having gone up on the housetop they let him down with his little couch through the [roof] tiles into the middle [of the crowd], in front of Jesus; and having seen their faith he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But Jesus, having become aware of their questionings, answering, said to them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk?’ But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on the earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—“Get up, and having taken your little couch, go to your house!” And instantly he rose up before them, having taken up what he had been lying on, went out to his house glorifying God. And astonishment seized all, and they were glorifying God, and were filled with dread, saying, “We have seen incredible things today!”
And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And look! They were bringing to him a paralytic lying on a couch. And Jesus having seen their faith said to the paralytic, “Have courage, child! Your sins are forgiven.” And look, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This one blasphemes!” And Jesus seeing their thoughts said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk?’ But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on the earth to forgive sins”—then he says to the paralytic—“Get up, take up your couch, and go to your house!” And he, having got up, went away to his house. Now when the crowd saw this, they were awestruck and glorified God who had given such authority to human beings.
It would have been better if I had the Greek here, but not everyone knows Greek, so we’re gonna have to settle with this. (Anyone who does know Greek is absolutely welcome.) To give everyone a lead I will point out a single detail in the next post: the roof where the men let the paralytic through