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Oct 19, 2011

74 Why didn't the male disciples believe the women

In the Gospel of Luke, the women see the empty burial place of Jesus and hurry and tell the disciples. The disciples listen but disbelieve. 

Angels at the tomb have told the women their master has been raised

Luke 24:8 [T]he women remembered [Jesus' prediction], 9 returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven disciples and all the rest. ... 11 But the apostles thought that what the women said was nonsense, and they did not believe them.

I say it's odd that the disciples accused the women of telling idle tales about angels at the tomb. The disciples had spent lots of time in the presence of a miracle worker; he'd walked on water and raised the dead. Their master had done amazing things, so a report of angels and an empty tomb should've gladened them. But instead they acted as if to say “Nah--no angels could’ve showed up at an empty tomb ... Why there's not even the slightest chance ... It couldn't ever happen in this world.” 

I say that when they completely doubt it’s very curious behavior and an inconsistency of the Gospel.

Related post on my other blog:
70 Were women's testimonies trusted

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