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1q-Death of Jesus doubted



"And certainly those who differ therein are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge about it, but only follow a conjecture" (4:157)







Matthew 27:62-66 "Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,  63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.  64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.  65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.  66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch." (KJV)

Matthew alone says the following the sepulcher was sealed and a watch placed before it. The chief priests waited until Saturday, to place guards at the tomb, as is claimed, but did anyone verify Jesus' body was in the tomb? How is that Mark, Luke and John do not mention these guards? Didn't they think it was an important fact, or didn't they know about it? Then follows a plainly absurd story of the appearance of an angel, and the guards (soldiers) fleeing in terror and reporting to the chief priest (when they should have reported to Pilate), and being bribed by the elders, who did not take the trouble to verify the truth of this highly suspicious report, to say Jesus' disciples had stolen his body during the night. This story was obviously invented to create evidence of the resurrection. "The sealing and watching of sepulcher is now very gradually given up even by those scholars who still hold by the resurrection narrative as a whole...The whole story is a very late production." Encyclopedia Biblica Ed. by Rev. T.K. Cheyne and J Sutherland Black.