Matthew created Mt 8:5-13, which characterizes the centurion as a man of faith, in order to retain him at the crucifixion

In the Gospel of Mark, the author gave the Roman centurion the last word at the crucifixion: “Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” (Mk 15:39 NRSV) …

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