But so what? Couldn't it simply be that…
• …they couldn't locate Jesus's grave?”2
• …they couldn't prove the (decomposed) corpse was Jesus's?3
In AD 30, the public stance of the Jerusalem Jews was that “Yes, Jesus's body is gone from its tomb”, crying “theft!”. 1
But so what? Plausibly…
Whoever started the claim that “Jesus's body is gone from its tomb” was not lying. There was no reason to, not even for apologetics.
But so what? Perhaps it was Mary; she mistook an empty tomb for Jesus's?
Christians in AD 30 were not saying that Jesus's body was gone from its tomb. This is relevant because Christians would have known if Jesus's tomb was empty, and they would have reported it.