Did necromancers steal Jesus's corpse?

Reasons given for answering "Yes"
  • Necromancy wasn't practiced in Judea

      In AD 30 Jerusalem, necromancy was rarely/never practiced.

      (After all…
      • …Jews then and there were rigidly pious.1
      • …there is no trace of corpse theft in the area.)2)
      1. In AD 30, Jerusalem largely consisted of fiercely devout Jews. (This is relevant because of how obviously sacrilegious Jews found necromancy to be [e.g. Lev 20:27; Dt 18:10]. Even the rare misguided magic-practicing Jews like Simon Magus would recoil at the thought.)
      2. Consider:
        Craig Keener: “…our evidence for the theft of corpses appears in Gentile regions, never around Jerusalem.” [The Historical Jesus of the Gospels (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2009), 341.]
  • Necromancers wouldn't choose to

      Necromancers would not choose to steal Jesus's corpse. (After all,… • …Necromancers would rather perform their ritual on site.1
      • …In general, people wouldn't want to steal Jesus's corpse)

      But wait,…
      • …Jesus's crucified body would have been deemed valuable by Necromancers.2

      1. Necromancers would perform their ritual on site because…
        • …it was far safer in Jesus's case.
        …it is what necromancers normally chose to do.

        J.P. Holding (Apologist, researcher [specializes in New Testament studies]): “…all the evidence suggests that when necromancers had need of a body for their arts, they did not steal the whole body from the tomb. Instead, they would either conduct their rituals in the tomb itself, leaving the body where it was when they were finished; or, they would slice off whatever they needed mutilating the body and taking the selected parts with them, leaving the rest behind. It does not help critics to argue that Jesus' nose and ears may have been missing, while the rest of the body was still in the tomb!” [Defending the Resurrection (Xulon, 2010), 391.]

      2. Why would Necromancers want Jesus's corpse? The primary motivation traditionally ascribed to them comes from Papyri Graecae Magicae 1.248–49; 2.49–50; 4.342–43. The idea is that bodies which had died violent deaths (e.g. crucifixion) were especially sought after by Necromancers for their magical properties.
  • Jesus's body was not stolen