Who Buried Jesus? Depends Which Gospel You Read.


Because the residents of Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize him or understand the words of the prophets that are read every sabbath, they fulfilled those words by condemning him. 28 Even though they found no cause for a sentence of death, they asked Pilate to have him killed. 29 When they had carried out everything that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb.

–Acts 13:27-29

Who buried Jesus?

Mark:  Joseph of Arimathea

Matthew:  Joseph of Arimathea

Luke:  Joseph of Arimathea

John:  Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

Book of Acts:  the enemies of Jesus

Yes, it is possible that the Synoptic authors knew that Nicodemus helped Joseph with the burial of Jesus.  Nic allegedly brought along 100 pounds of spices for the burial!  (That is four pounds more than the quantity of spices used in Herod the Great’s burial.) But for some bizarre reason, all three authors chose not to mention him.  However, there is no (credible) way to harmonize the Gospels of Matthew and John with the Book of Acts:  either friends/disciples buried Jesus or the enemies of Jesus buried Jesus.

Someone is wrong.

Bottom line:  these books are not reliable sources of historical information.

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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus bury Jesus

One thought on “Who Buried Jesus? Depends Which Gospel You Read.

  1. Actually, it is “Paul” – that is, a quote from the character, Paul – and not a statement of the author of Acts – which you refer to in your post as saying “…they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb”.

    So, you’re arguing that Paul doesn’t mention Joe of A by name, in a sermon, and that’s supposed to be some kind of problem?


    Like, for some reason, it was supposed to be important for Paul, speaking to a bunch of strangers in Antioch, to remember to mention Joe of A???

    I can’t imagine why he’d bother mentioning Joe at all. The “they” Paul refers to were (a) residents of Jerusalem and (b) the leaders. Joe of A was one of the leaders.

    But – wait…. Are you next going to argue that Paul is claiming that ALL the residents of Jerusalem crucified Jesus? Every single man, woman and child, regardless of age?


    Gary, go find a REAL problem, will ya?


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