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Oct 17, 2011

73 When did Peter finally run to the tomb

The Gospel of John says that after Mary Magdalene visited the burial place of Jesus she hurried off to tell Peter it was empty 

John 20:1 [W]hile it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance. 2 She went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!” 

So Peter and another disciple ran to the empty tomb to see for themselves 

3 Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. 4 The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first.

Then Peter saw that Jesus' body wasn’t there 

John 20:5 He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. 6 Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there 7 and the cloth which had been around Jesus' head. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. ... 10 Then the disciples went back home.

Mary brought up the rear but stayed after the two disciples eventually went away. She lingered and stood there crying by herself

20:11 Mary stood crying outside the tomb. 

And then a couple of angels appeared to her and so did Jesus

John 20:11 While she was still crying, she bent over and looked in the tomb 12 and saw two angels there dressed in white ... 14 Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there.... 

Jesus said to her  

17 “Go to my brothers and tell them that I am returning to him who is my Father and their Father, my God and their God." 18 So Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord.

But the Gospel of Luke says the women including Mary Magdalene, went and visited the tomb together  

Luke 24:1 Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, carrying the spices they had prepared. 

Well, I say Mary Magdalene was among them since Luke says they left the tomb with her and returned to the disciples’ house

24:8 Then the women remembered [the prediction of Jesus], 9 returned from the tomb, and told all these things [Jesus was gone, and some angels informed them he had been raised] to the eleven disciples and all the rest. 10 The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; they and the other women with them told these things to the apostles.

So Mary didn't act alone in the Gospel of Luke. After the women came back to the disciples’ house Peter hurried to the tomb

Luke 24:11 [T]he apostles thought that what the women said was nonsense, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; he bent down and saw the grave cloths but nothing else. Then he went back home amazed at what had happened.

This is different from the Gospel of John where Mary came back to the house alone. In fact some early manuscripts of Luke omit verse--the one in which after the women told their fantastic story Peter went in haste to the tomb. But the verse (verse twelve) is included in the Bible today. 

I say an ancient scribe removed the above-mentioned verse from Luke because it conflicted with John. So I suspect that they saw a problem with the verse early on.

Recap: John says Mary Magdalene returned to the disciples' house alone, and told Peter about the empty tomb. So he ran off to see it for himself.

But Luke says the women came to the house and exclaimed there were angels at the tomb. So Peter ran to the tomb to see. It was then Peter went to the tomb? Well, no wonder they took it out of some of the early manuscripts.

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