Did Mary visit the wrong tomb (not Jesus's)?

“No, after all…
  • Graveclothes were inside

  • Jesus's tomb was recognizable

      The tomb in which Jesus was placed was intrinsically recognizable. After all...
      • ...Jesus was observed to have been buried alone in a new tomb.1
      • ...tombs in general were intrinsically recognizable.2
      This is relevant because, if the tomb was recognizable, then it by definition would be hard to mistake for another.

      1. This is multiply attested. Mt 27:60, Lk 23:53, Jn 19:41-42.
      2. In general it was hard to mistake such tombs. From the tomb's golel (the blocking-stone) to its surroundings, there was a plethora variation in tombs.

        Robert Stein (NT professor): “…this was no Forest Lawn Cemetary-Jerusalem Branch, where one could mistake tomb 10,358 with look-alike tomb 18,494! This was a private burial tomb. We have no reason for concluding that there were similar tombs in the immediate area that could have been confused with this one.” [Jesus the Messiah (IVP, 1996), 267.]

  • The Jerusalem church didn't perpetuate a blunder