Mary Magdalene and the resurrection

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In Matthew 28, an angel tells Mary Magdalene (and the other Mary) that Jesus has risen. He further tells her to tell the disciples what he has said, which she and Mary do in verse 8. There was an earthquake and the stone blocking the tomb was rolled away by the angel. The guards are paralyzed with fright and fall down. They encounter the angel first before anything else occurs.

Yet, in John 20, Mary goes to the tomb, finds it empty, then runs to the apostles to report the body is missing and may have been stolen. She even says the same thing to the man she later meets in the tomb (whom she believes is the gardener but who is actually Jesus himself). She is alone at the tomb, there was no earthquake, no guards and there is no angel - the stone was already moved before she got there. She runs to get Peter. Peter and the "other disciple" (probably John) run to the tomb but the other disciple arrives first.

In Mark 16, Mary Magdalene, Mary and Salome go to the tomb. The stone was already moved. There was no earthquake, no guards, no angel and the women were the first to enter the Tomb.

In Luke 24, we don't know how many women were there or who they were. There was no earthquake, no guards, the stone was already moved, they entered the tomb first and then encounter two angels.



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The following has been moved from Con to Neutral:

PRO’s description of the events that took place is not exactly what we discover in the resurrection accounts. We have four accounts of the events that took place on the morning of the resurrection of Jesus. Each account is written by a person who had certain information about those events but not the whole story. Consequently, we take the information from all the accounts and piece together the whole story.

We are told that several women went to the tomb where Jesus had been laid and this included Mary Magdalene.

Matthew 28

1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.

Mark 16

1 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.

The women saw the stone rolled away (Only Matthew explains how the stone came to be rolled away.), entered the tomb and did not see the body of Jesus.

2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.

3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”

4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away--for it was very large.

Luke 24

2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.

3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

At this point, Mary Magdalene leaves to tell Peter and John what she had found.

John 20

1 …Mary Magdalene…saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

The other women, now without Mary Magdalene, interact with the angel. Mark provides a summary. Luke tells us that they entered the tomb and on seeing the body of Jesus gone, Mary Magdalene leaves, and the other women stood there perplexed. It is possible that Mary may have left after going only so far into the empty tomb to see that the body of Jesus was missing. None of the women saw the angel immediately as they entered the tomb.

Mark 16

5 And entering the tomb, saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.

Luke 24

4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.

The women leave to tell the disciples. Peter and John then arrive and look in the tomb. Next we are told.

John 20

10 Then [Peter and John] went away again to their own homes.

11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.

12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13 Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

Summary We are told that a group of women that included Mary M. went to the tomb in the early morning. Mark has provided us with a summary of those events. The other gospel writers provide more detailed information. Mary Magdalene, on seeing that the body of Jesus was missing, immediately leaves the other women and goes to tell Peter and John that the tomb is empty. She was not with the other women when they were confronted by the angels. It is the group of women without Mary who then leave the tomb tO tell the disciples (perhaps in some location other than with Peter and John). Mary follows Peter and John to the tomb and lingers behind where she is met by Jesus.


Reason for the Move = Con asserts that the four accounts all had separate sources with different information but it is Likely that "Matthew" and "Luke" used "Mark" as a primary source making Con's assertion at least partially false. A related further difficulty for Con is that this means "Matthew" and "Luke" not only knew "Mark" here but deliberately "corrected" it.

--JoeWallack 18:01, 26 Jan 2008 (CST)

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