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 • They then returned to the city [Luke 23:56]
• When this sabbath of the Fifteenth had passed, they went to market and purchased spices and ointment for the anointing of Jesus’ body. This purchasing of spices would have occurred on the Sixteenth of Abib. [Mark 16:1]
• After preparing the spices, they then rested on the weekly Sabbath “according to the commandment.” [Luke 23:56]
If we are dealing with only one Sabbath, the weekly Sabbath, how can the women go to market to purchase spices, after the Sabbath passed (Mark 16:1). Then return and prepare the spices, resting on the Sabbath day according to the commandment [Ex. 20:8-11]. Did they have a time machine?
This is the point I made earlier. You cannot harmonize Mark with Luke, unless you allow two obviously different Sabbaths.
Seventeenth of Abib (the weekly Sabbath)
The Resurrection
The weekly Sabbath passed with its usual activity, until late afternoon. According to Matthew 28:1, the women came to the tomb, 'to see' it. This coming to see the tomb, was not for anointing the body. It seems to be more in line with just coming to pay respects, praying, mourning, and remembering their Master.
Edersheim makes note of this practice of visiting the burial site when he says,
"It was the practice to visit the graves (John xi. 31) partly to mourn and partly to pray." 13
A closer look at Matt. 28:1ff is necessary.
In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first of the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And behold, there was a
13 Edersheim, Alfred. Sketches of Jewish Social Life, in the days of Christ (Grand Rapids: WM. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1987), 169.
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