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 It should be noted that after the burial team had placed the body of Jesus in the tomb, and rolled the great stone over the entrance, they departed. It then informs us that the two Marys continued to sit across from the sepulchre. The Greek of the verb, sitting, is present tense implying a continued sitting, while the sabbath of the Fifteenth had begun. Luke’s narrative of the burial is this,
23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
Luke simply makes note that the women followed the burial team and took notice of where and how the body was entombed.
Why is it important to the chronology to know that after the body was placed in the grave, that the women continued sitting at the gravesite? The reason is there are some who try to squeeze the buying of the spices by the women between the completion of the burial and the beginning of this Sabbath. For instance, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown remark on Mark 16:1,
But our translators are perhaps right in rendering it here "had bought," since it would appear, from Lu 23:56, that they had purchased them immediately after the Crucifixion, on the Friday evening, during the short interval that remained to them before sunset, when the sabbath rest began;
This is why it is important to take into account the time that the women are reported to have been at the tomb. When you only account for one sabbath, then you must squeeze this buying of the spices by the women into a time-frame that doesn’t naturally fit, and is contrary to the Scriptures.
Fifteenth of Abib [High Day]
This is the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the first of seven annual holy convocations, a High Day (Leviticus 23:6-8).
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