In many instances the resurrection story makes a rather chaotic impression, resulting in many questions, but no Bible Contradictions (  


81. Was Jesus body wrapped in spices before burial in accordance with Jewish burial customs?
Yes and his female disciples witnessed his burial (John 19:39-40)
Right. Nicodemus brought spices for the burial.

No. Jesus was simply wrapped in a linen shroud. Then the women bought and prepared spices so that they might go and anoint him (Jesus) (Mark 16:1)
Wrong. The synoptic gospels don’t make mention of the spices that Nicodemus brought for the burial of Jesus, but it still happened, as we know from John’s gospel.
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82. When did the women buy the spices?
After the Sabbath was past (Mark 16:1)
Wrong quotation! They didn’t buy the spices (ta arõmata), but spices (arõmata). That’s correct as they had already prepared some spices before the Sabbath.

Before the Sabbath. The women prepared spices and ointments. Then, on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment (Luke 23:55 to 24:1)
Wrong. They could do some preparations before the Sabbath, but they had to complete their work after the Sabbath by buying some missing ingredients.
No Bible Contradiction


83. At what time of day did the women visit the tomb?
Toward the dawn (Matthew 28:1)
Wrong. The two Marys left home then; they were not at the tomb yet at that time. I’m sorry, but that’s the text.

When the sun had risen (Mark 16:2)
Right. The two Marys first went to Salomé and then they went to the tomb, in the meantime the sun had risen.
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84. What was the purpose for which the women went to the tomb?
To anoint Jesus body with spices (Mark 16:1; Luke 23:55 to 24:1)
To see the tomb. Nothing about spices here (Matthew 28:1)
For no specified reason. In this gospel the wrapping with spices had been done before the Sabbath (John 20:1)

Very wrong. This has nothing to do with Bible Contradictions; the first two points don’t exclude each other necessarily. On the contrary they are complementary elements.
John 20:1 doesn’t mention the reason, as it was absolutely clear; one goes to a tomb to mourn. It is very reproachable to say ‘for no specified reason’.
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85. A large stone was placed at the entrance of the tomb. Where was the stone when the women arrived?
They saw that the stone was Rolled back (Mark 16:4) They found the stone rolled away from the tomb (Luke 24:2) They saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb (John 20:1)
As the women approached, an angel descended from heaven, rolled away the stone, and conversed with the women. Matthew made the women witness the spectacular rolling away of the stone (Matthew 28:1-6)

Wrong. Matthew reports a great earthquake while the women were on the road. So while they were walking to the tomb the resurrection occurred and consequently, according to Matthew, the stone was already rolled away when they arrived at the tomb.
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86. Did anyone tell the women what happened to Jesus’ body?
Yes. A young man in a white robe (Mark 16:5). Two men … in dazzling apparel later described as angels (Luke 24:4 and 24:23). An angel – the one who rolled back the stone (Matthew 16:2). In each case the women were told that Jesus had risen from the dead (Matthew 28:7; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:5 footnote)
Wrong. This happened after Mary’s return to the tomb (see further).

No. Mary met no one and returned saying, They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him (John 20:2)
Very wrong. Mary’s reply shows that she was with others who had not yet met angels ‘we don’t know where they have laid him,’ (John 20:2). When she returned to the tomb she saw angels (John); the other women too, as they had waited for her at the entrance of the garden. Approaching the tomb they heard that the Lord was arisen.
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87. When did Mary Magdelene first meet the resurrected Jesus? And how did she react?
Mary and the other women met Jesus on their way back from their first and only visit to the tomb. They took hold of his feet and worshipped him (Matthew 28:9)
Definitely wrong. Mary and the other women met Jesus on Mary’s second visit; she said to the disciples after the first visit ‘We don’t know where they have laid him.’ (John 20:2).

On her second visit to the tomb Mary met Jesus just outside the tomb. When she saw Jesus she did not recognize him. She mistook him for the gardener. She still thought that Jesus’ body was laid to rest somewhere and she demanded to know where. But when Jesus said her name she at once recognized him and called him “Teacher”. Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me …” (John 20:11-17)
Rightly so.
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88. What was Jesus’ instruction for his disciples?
Tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me (Matthew 28:10)
Yes, they were instructed what to do after Jesus’ resurrection.

Go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God (John 20:17)
Wrong, this is not instruction, but information.
No Bible Contradiction


89. When did the disciples return to Galilee?
Immediately, because when they saw Jesus in Galilee, some doubted (Matthew 28:17). This period of uncertainty should not persist.
Very wrong. Jesus’ instruction was ‘Go tell my brethren that they go to Galilee …’ (Matthew 28:10). This group was much larger than the eleven. He appeared to about 500 brethren (1 Corinthians 15:6) in Galilee, but some of the 500 doubted.

After at least 40 days. That evening the disciples were still in Jerusalem (Luke 24:33). Jesus appeared to them there and told them, stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49). He was appearing to them during forty days (Acts 1:3), and charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise … (Acts 1:4)
Again very wrong. The passage Luke 24:46-53 (including 49) does certainly refer to the period of the forty days (Acts 1:1-2); otherwise Jesus would have ascended at the first day of his resurrection. Jesus’ instruction to not leave the city was done about halfway through the forty days, also according to Luke; the eleven returned to Jerusalem after they had encouraged Jesus’ followers in Galilee and then they got the instruction to not leave the city.
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90. To whom did the Midianites sell Joseph?
To the Ishmaelites (Genesis 37:28)
Nonsense. The brothers sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites (other name for Midianites), who then sold him to Potiphar.
KJV "Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they [Joseph’s brothers] drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt."

To Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh (Genesis 37:36)
No Bible Contradiction


No Bible Contradictions