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 Matthew has the women coming to “see” the tomb, late on the Sabbath. However, they left before all the excitement began. It is very probable that they did remain long at the tomb, due to the presence of the Roman guards. The Roman presence would have been highly insulting to them. They had no knowledge of the stone being rolled away, etc. If they had, then why are these same women coming to the tomb, early the next morning, debating who was going to roll the stone away for them(Mark 16:3)? It would be inconsistent to be debating about something to which you had experienced the prior evening.
The Time of the Resurrection
It is during this period at the close of the Sabbath, as the first of the week was beginning, that Jesus rose from the dead.
Mark 16:9
This verse plays a pivotal role in our understanding of the timing of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It tells us exactly when Jesus was resurrected. However, we will have to dig below the surface.
Much like an archeologist may look at something protruding from the ground, like what appears to be the top of a rock. He knows that it may be much more than just a rock. To uncover its true nature, he must dig carefully, leaving the artifact in its original condition. We must do the same with Mark 16:9, which says,
Now when he was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
The translation and interpretation of this verse hinges upon two factors. First is the translation of the phrase, 'early on the first day of the week.’ Second is the placement of the comma.
The Prote Factor
The proper understanding of this verse lies in the Greek phrase, prwth sabbatou, translated here as 'first day of the week.' Mark is the only writer to use
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