Problem: Thomas did or didn't meet the risen Jesus
Verses: Luke 24:33-36, John 20:24; Status: Minor

An anonymous reader sends me this. The gospels all describe Jesus appearing to his followers after his crucifixion. This is Luke 24:33-36:

And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace to you!" (ESV)

This seems to suggest that all eleven surviving disciples were present. However, John 20:24 says not:

Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. (ESV)

I don't see this as a massive problem. "The eleven" could reasonably refer to the group of disciples, even when they're not all present. Or so it seems to me. However, since Luke says everyone was "gathered together" this is not entirely satisfying.

Updated: 2009-12-28

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