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Oct 2, 2011

70 Did Mary Magdalene go alone to the tomb

Three New Testament Gospels relate the story in which women including Mary Magdalene, visited the tomb where Jesus was buried.

But the fourth Gospel, the Gospel of John, gives the impression that Mary Magdalene went alone to the tomb

John 20:1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance.

The Gospel of Mark says Mary Magdalene went to the entrance of the tomb with a small group of women 

Mark 16:1 After the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices to go and anoint the body of Jesus. 2 Very early on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they went to the tomb.

But the Gospel of John says Mary Magdalene visited the tomb just by herself.  

If you were wondering, Mary Magdalene remained alone at the tomb in the Gospel of John. That is, the others didn't come and join her later.

Some apologists say John the evangelist didn't waste time on mentioning other women with Mary Magdalene. It doesn't sound like a very good excuse to me. She was alone, while other Gospels say she went with a group.

Another apologetic excuse is that John the evangelist wrote from an important perspective and that was the reason he said Mary Magdalene was alone. But they never explain what important perspective it was. I say the author should've said that other women were there, too. But he didn't say anything about any others and I say it's most odd and suspiciousThus John vs other Gospels. 

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