Was the Stone rolled away before…or…during the arrival of the women to the Tomb?


Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24193B" value="(B)”>the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24194C" value="(C)”>an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24195D" value="(D)”>His appearance was like lightning, and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24195E" value="(E)”>his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24196F" value="(F)”>became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24198G" value="(G)”>as he said. Come, see the place where he<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-ESV-24198a" value="[a]”>[a] lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24199H" value="(H)”>he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.


When the Sabbath was past, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24866C" value="(C)”>Mary Magdalene, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24866D" value="(D)”>Mary the mother of James, and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24866E" value="(E)”>Salome <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24866F" value="(F)”>bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24868G" value="(G)”>the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—<sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24869H" value="(H)”>it was very large.


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