Here is a good explanation of why the gospels do not harmonize completely and possibly why textual differences exist between manuscripts of the same book.
94 How Harmonizing could have happened, Matthew 20:22-23
Have you ever read a verse in the Bible and just know it’s not complete?
Fathom yourself being a monk in the middle ages, busy copying the gospel of Matthew in your cold cell in the monastery. You come to the part where the mother of John and James requested Jesus to promise that her sons would sit beside Him on his throne in his kingdom. And when reading Jesus’ answer you just know that Jesus said more than is written in the source manuscript you are copying. He didn’t only speak of the cup He would drink, but also of the baptism He would be baptised with, didn’t He? And yet in this manuscript is written: “But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of? They…
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