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Oct 20, 2011

75 Didn't Luke know the women saw the risen Jesus

The Gospel of Matthew says that the women saw the risen Jesus.

But wait!

The Gospel of Luke doesn't say anything about it!

Matthew says the women saw an angel at the empty sepulcher. And they also encountered Jesus along the path

Matthew 28:8 So they left the tomb in a hurry, afraid and yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Peace be with you." They came up to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.

But not Luke, who doesn't report it. Instead he says the women enountered an angel, then hurried and told the disciples

Luke 24:6 [The angel told the women,] He is not here; he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was in Galilee: 7 "The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and three days later rise to life." 8 Then the women remembered his words, 9 returned from the tomb, and told all these things 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. 

Recap: The Gospel of Luke failed to mention Jesus' appearance to the women. Yet the resurrection of Jesus was a central event. I doubt that the author merely had an attack of the forgetsies. I suspect he knew a different unsubstantiated rumor about the resurrection and wrote it down.

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