Friday, July 20, 2007

Gospel Contradictions Answered! Part 3

Did They Put a Scarlet or Purple Robe on Christ?!

Matthew 27:31
"After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him."

The same account in Mark 15:20

"After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him."

There's some criticism over this and it even made its a way into the Skeptics Annotated Bible:

Well, here's the answer courtesy of Wikipedia:

Tyrian purple

Tyrian Purple
About these coordinates
About these coordinates
— Colour coordinates —
Hex triplet #66023C
RGBB (r, g, b) (102, 2, 60)
HSV (h, s, v) (277°, 67%, 44%)
Source Internet
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
The true colour of Tyrian purple, like most high chroma pigments, cannot be accurately displayed on a computer display, nor are ancient reports entirely consistent, but these swatches give an indication of the likely range in which it appeared:
This is the sRGB colour #990024, intended for viewing on an output device with a gamma of 2.2. It is a representation of RHS colour code 66A [7], which has been equated to "Tyrian red" [8], a term which is often used as a synonym for Tyrian purple.

Shades of Tyrian purple colour comparison chart

Modern research shows, as discussed above, that various formulations of Tyrian purple existed on a continuous spectrum within approximately the following range of colours:
  • Bright Tyrian Purple (Bright Imperial Purple) (Tyrian Pink) (Hex: #B80049) (RGB: 184, 0, 73)
  • Medium Tyrian Purple (Medium Imperial Purple) (Tyrian Red) (Hex: #990024) (RGB: 97, 64, 81)
  • Tyrian Purple (Imperial Purple) (Hex: #66023C) (RGB: 102, 2, 60)

Hmmm... Could those color look like scarlet and/or purple? I think it can be hardly be used against anybody if they describe the color as either purple or scarlet.

For more answered contradictions see the links at the bottom of this page

Gospel Contradictions Answered! Part 1

Gospel Contradictions Answered! Part 2

Gospel Contradictions Answered! Part 4

Gospel Contradictions Answered! Part 5

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