Gospel Contradictions: At What Time Did the Women Arrive at the Tomb?

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Peter and John inspect Jesus’ empty tomb

And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.

–Gospel of Mark

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

–Gospel of John

So Mark tells us that when the women “went” to the tomb (left their homes and were traveling to the tomb) the sun had already risen; they hadn’t even arrived at the tomb yet and the sun was above the horizon.  Yet John claims that they arrived at the tomb in the dark!!!  Now remember, fundamentalist Christians insist that the Gospel of Mark is the memoirs of Peter, accurately recorded by John Mark, and they claim that the author of John was an eyewitness on the day of the resurrection.  Yet, Peter and John relate two very different time sequences for the most important day of their lives; the greatest day ever recorded in the history of humankind!!!

Dear Reader:  These stories are not historically reliable!

Is their a harmonization for this tale?  Of course!  Christians have had 2,000 years to sit around all day in monasteries dreaming up possible harmonizations for these four tall tales.  Here is one:  Mary Magdalene made an earlier, separate trip to the tomb, in the dark, and then came back later with other women after the sun was already up!

Unbelievable the desperation of fundamentalist Christians to keep this story intact.


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