Was Jesus's body laid in a tomb?

“Yes, after all…
  • Joseph entombed Jesus

      Joseph of Arimathea placed Jesus’s body in a tomb. This is relevant because it entails Jesus's body was placed in a tomb.

  • The Jews in that time and place said so

      The Jews at the time and place of Jesus’s death were testifying that his corpse was entombed.

      After all...
      • …their public stance was that Jesus’s tomb was missing its corpse (because of theft)
      This is relevant because their belief in the empty tomb (and therefore entombment) was likely justified. After all, if Jesus's body was not gone, then those Jews would have had no persuasive reason to admit that it was.

  • The church in that time and place said so

      In c. AD 30, the Jerusalem church’s official position was that Jesus’s body was entombed.

      So? Plausibly…
      • …they fabricated the entombment to invent empty tomb apologetics.1
      • …they were accidentally endorsing a lie that they had fallen for.2
      1. This should be granted, after all…
        a) In general, Christians would not choose to lyingly report such a thing.
        b) The report was successfully circulating in the church. This is relevant because, in c. AD 30 Jerusalem, the success of any "Jesus's body was placed in a tomb" report from the Jerusalem church depended on relevant eyewitness approval.
      2. There are two reasons to think the Jerusalem church was not accidentally endorsing a lie here:
        a) There are no plausible candidates in general who would form such a lie.
        b) There are not plausible candidates who the Jerusalem church would trust that would form such a lie.
        d) The Jersalem church learned the truth in a confidence-inspiring way (eyewitness testimony).
  • Acts 13:29 says so

      The ancient Acts 13:29 report affirms that Jesus was placed in a tomb.1

      So? Plausibly…
      • … The Acts 13:29 report is unjustified?2
      1. Acts 13:29 -- [t]hey took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb.
      2. It seems unlikely that the empty tomb report in Acts is unjustified. After all,
        Hans Conzelmann: “...the form here is kerygmatic, not narrative.” [Acts of the Apostles, trans. by Limburg et. al., Ed. by Epp, Matthews (Fortress, 1963, 1987), 105.]
        That is to say, it was part of the original kernal preaching.
        Gary Habermas: “What may be another early creed (Acts 13:29-31, 36-37) even more clearly indicates that Jesus was buried in a tomb,” [“The Case for Christ's Resurrection” in To Everyone an Answer (IVP, 2004), 189.]
  • The report is uncontested

      The reports of Jesus's entombment appear entirely uncontested. (There are no relevant competing reports.)

  • “No, after all…
  • Jesus' corpse was left on the cross

      Jesus’s corpse was left on the cross (not put in a tomb). [Forthcoming]

  • Jesus' corpse was placed in a trench

      Jesus's corpse was placed in a trench after being crucified. [Forthcoming]

  • Jesus' corpse was thrown in a communal pit

      Jesus's corpse was thrown in a communal pit after being crucified.[Forthcoming]

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