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Oct 23, 2011

76 Did the risen Jesus say to go to Galilee (2)

The Gospel of Matthew says an angel and the risen Jesus told the disciples to go to Galilee. It's around sixty miles north of Jerusalem.

The disciples were in Jerusalem when the angel said they should go to Galilee where they would see the risen Jesus 

Matthew 28:7 [The angel told the women,] Go quickly now, and tell his disciples, "He has been raised from death, and now he is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him!" 

Jesus had risen from the grave and instructed his disciples to go to Galilee, too. They were still in Jerusalem

Matthew 28:10 “Do not be afraid," Jesus said to [the women]. "Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me." ... 28:16 The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go.

But the Gospel of Luke says that Jesus had risen from the dead and told the disciples to stay where they were in Jerusalem

Luke 24:33 [Two followers of Jesus] got up at once and went back to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven disciples gathered together with the others. ... 35 The two then explained to them what had happened on the road, and how they had recognized the Lord when he broke the bread. 36 While the two were telling them this, suddenly the Lord himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." ... 49 I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you." ... 50 Then he led them out of the city as far as Bethany [not a mile from Jerusalem], where he raised his hands and blessed them. ... 52 They worshiped him and went back into Jerusalem, filled with great joy, 53 and spent all their time in the Temple giving thanks to God.  

Recap: Matthew says they were told to go to Galilee. But Luke says they were told to stay put in the city. So I say the authors heard incompatible stories and wrote them down.

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