Why are the Resurrection accounts so contradictory i.e. when read side by side ?
It is bad enough that the gospel of ‘Mark’ (whoever he was) ends in the middle of a sentence without a Resurrection appearance (ending at 16:8
=efobounto gar = ἐφοβοῦντο γὰρ = the women were afraid because… ) although containing an empty tomb story – but with no angel in
sight (only a ‘young man’ dressed in white linen). The majority of scholars believe that verses 9-20 of Mark 16 were not part of the original
text, and were an addition by later Christians. Textual critics have identified two distinct endings—the "Longer Ending" (vv. 9-20) and the "Shorter
Ending," which appear together in six Greek manuscripts.
Mark 16: 1-8
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint
him.2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.3 And they said among themselves,
Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very
great.5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.6
And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they
laid him.7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.8 And they
went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; they (fem.) were afraid
A close comparison with Matthew 28:1-10 and John 20:1-18 presents some obvious problems…
After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2.And suddenly there was a great
earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.3 His appearance was like lightning, and
his clothing white as snow. 4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I
know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then
go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there he will manifest
himself.’ This is my message for you.” 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met
them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go
and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Cf. John 20: 1-18
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,
and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. 4 The two were running together,
but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go
in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’
head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and
he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to their
homes. 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where
the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them,
“They have taken away my husband, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing
there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?” Supposing him to be
the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to
her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” which means ‘my teacher.’ 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me,
because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and
your God.'” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to
Why are Matthew and John’s resurrection stories so incompatible?
When read side by side, the stark differences between these two narratives becomes obvious - because it would have been impossible for both accounts
to have occurred as written. I Further contradicting Matthew’s post-resurrection account, John’s story lacks the Roman guards whom Matthew places
at the tomb to prevent anyone from removing Jesus’ body. How could John’s Mary have thought that someone removed the body, when according to
Matthew, Roman soldiers were placed at the tomb for the specific purpose of preventing just such an occurrence? Obviously, the author of the fourth
Gospel has no need for Roman guards at the tomb, so in John’s crucifixion account they simply do not exist.
Matthew presents us with a post-resurrection story where an ‘angel’ who had just rolled away the stone from the entrance greets Mary Magdalene and
“the other Mary.” After revealing to both women the empty place where Jesus’ body once laid, the angel informs them that Jesus had already risen
from the dead. The angel then instructs both Marys that they are to tell the disciples that Jesus had gone before them to the Galilee to meet them.
Like Matthew’s account, John’s resurrection narrative also contains the story of an empty tomb. That is, however, where the similarities between
the first and fourth Gospel come to an end.
In John’s version of the first Easter morning, when Mary Magdalene arrives alone at Jesus’ tomb, there is no angel to greet her with information
about Jesus’ whereabouts, or instructions about a rendezvous in the Galilee, as we find in Matthew’s account (Matthew 28:5-7). On the contrary, in
John’s story, after Mary finds the empty tomb, she concludes that someone had removed the body from the grave. Mary certainly had no reason to
believe otherwise. She therefore quickly runs back to the disciples and reports. At this final juncture of the narrative that the accounts of Matthew
and John become hopelessly irreconcilable.
Is there a 'conspiracy of silence' on this muddled subject among persons who style themselves 'Christians' ?
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