Jewish Criticisms of the Resurrection: Did a Naked Jesus Appear to Mary Magdalene?

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Man of Sorrows by Maerten van Heemskerck


So they [the women] left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.

–Gospel of Matthew

Luke and John detail in their narratives that linen clothes were left behind in the tomb.  However, these claims raise a simple issue:  Christian fundamentalists maintain that Jesus was physically resurrected as a corporeal body and not as a ghost, phantom, or spirit.  This belief then raises the obvious issue of whether or not Jesus left the tomb naked.  It must be remembered that prior to Jesus’ crucifixion the Roman soldiers took his clothes.

And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.  –Gospel of Mark 15:24

Consequently, it must be asked, was Jesus naked when he left the tomb and appeared before Mary Magdalene?

–Jewish author Michael Alter, The Resurrection, a Critical Inquiry, p. 402





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One thought on “Jewish Criticisms of the Resurrection: Did a Naked Jesus Appear to Mary Magdalene?

  1. I will bet that Christian apologists will say that just after Jesus woke up from his death sleep, he decided he wanted to “appear” to Mary Magdalene first (why??), or to all the women (Matthew), he wiggled his nose and poof his resurrected body was suddenly outfitted with a shiny white robe…or…the angels who opened the tomb brought a change of clothes for him!


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