In c. A.D. 30, the Jerusalem church (headed by the apostles) maintained their official position that “yes, Mary did discover Jesus's tomb empty.” [Full article.]
•…their original stance on the issue persisted to AD 40, and in AD 40 they were affirming Mary's discovery.
•…their original stance on the issue persisted to AD 70, and in AD 70 they were affirming Mary's discovery.
•…Mark 15 (the burial) narratively anticipates Mk 16 (the empty tomb)
• …Paul didn't believe Mary witnessed the tomb empty.
• …1 Cor 15 creed originators didn't believe Mary witnessed the tomb empty. But, so what? Couldn't it simply be that…
• …the apostles were intentionally lying?[Forthcoming]
• …the apostles were accidentally perpetuating a lie that they had fallen for?
• …the apostles were accidentally perpetuating Mary's wrong-tomb blunder?
By c. A.D. 70, the official position of the Markan community, or source behind the Gospel of Mark, was that “yes, Mary did discover Jesus's tomb empty.”1 This is relevant because Mark's church's beliefs on this issue were most likely formed in normal ways that inspire confidence.
But, so what? Couldn't it simply be that…
• …Mark was intentionally lying?2
• …Mark was accidentally perpetuating a lie that he had fallen for?[Forthcoming]
The Christian(s) who started the report that “Mary discovered Jesus's tomb empty” were not lying.1 This is relevant because the most natural remaining options for how the belief was formed are the normal ways which properly inspire confidence.
But, so what? Couldn't it simply be that Mary blunderingly started the report, thinking she visited Jesus's tomb when in fact she visited a wrong one that was empty?
• Craig Evans (NT professor, Dead Sea Scolls Inst. Founder): “The story of the women who witness Jesus’ burial and then return early Sunday to anoint his body smacks of historicity. It's hard to see why relatively unknown women would feature so prominently in such an important story if what we have here is fiction. But if the women's intention is to mourn privately, as Jewish law and custom allowed, and, even more importantly, to note the precise location of Jesus' tomb so that the later gathering of His remains of burial in His family tomb is possible, then we have a story that fits Jewish customs on the one hand and stands in tension with resurrection expectations and supporting apologetics on the other.” [Jewish Burial Traditions and the Resurrection of Jesus: [Online at craigaevans.com/Burial_Traditions.pdf]
The earliest Christians did not believe that Mary witnessed Jesus's tomb empty. [Full article].
• …Paul didn't believe it.
• …1 Cor. 15 creed originated didn't believe it.
Mary blunderingly thought the empty tomb she visited was Jesus's, when in fact is was nother tomb entirely. [Full article.]
• …graveclothes were in the tomb Mary visited.
• …Jesus's tomb was recognizable.
• …the Jerusalem church kept saying it was correct.
Mary would not choose to re-visit the tomb of Jesus. [Full article.] This is relevant because in the absence of choosing to do this, she would not have been a witness discovering Jesus's tomb to be empty.