Problem: The tomb was or wasn't already open
Verses: Matthew 28:1-2, others; Status: Weak

When Mary Magdalene and friends approached the tomb of Jesus, Mark, Luke, and John all say that the stone had already been removed. But here's Matthew 28:1-2:

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. (ESV)

This seems to suggest that the women saw the angel move it. But the passage doesn't explicitly say so, and therefore I think these verses from Matthew are compatible with the other accounts.

There are difficult problems with the resurrection, but I don't think this is one.

Updated: 2008-05-31

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