Biblical Contradictions Explained #1: Guest Theist Bernhard Visscher, the Tomb, and the Stone.

New guest blogs from Bernhard Visscher, our potential resident Theist, will be providing a different perspective on a variety of topics.  He will be providing explanations for biblical contradictions to start and much more as time goes on.  Get involved in the conversation and lets keep things respectable.  Thanks from everyone here at Atheist Analysis!

Bible Contradictions explained.

The Alleged Contradiction: What Was the State of Jesus’ Tomb During the Approach?:

Mark 16:4, Luke 24:2, John 20:1 – The stone in front of Jesus’ tomb had been rolled away

Matthew 28:1-2 – The stone in front of Jesus’ tomb was still in place and would be rolled away later

Summary of Alleged Contradiction:  The stone was either rolled away when the women got there or it was not.  Since the gospels claim both how can they be true?

Bible verses in Question:


Matthew 28

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

Mark 16

2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.

Luke 24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,

John 20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

Conclusions:  After reading the four Gospels we see that Matthew, the one with the alleged discrepancy,  speaks of how the angel removed the stone.  It speaks of how the angel frightened the guards  then proceeded to address the women as they arrived. In all cases the women arrived at the tomb with the stone rolled away.  So the alleged contradiction, that the stone was rolled away later, does not even come into play when one honestly reads the accounts.


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