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How Many Angels Did The Women See at Christ’s Tomb?

Ocaisionally skeptics will state the “apparent” contradiction in the Bible in regards to how many angels were at Jesus’ tomb, One or Two angels?

Read Matthew 28:2; “28 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.

Read Mark 16:5; Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.

Read John 24:4; But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.

Read Luke 24:2; While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing;and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?

Can you see the contradiction? There is a failure in the skeptics perception, and that is they fail to see the event was at different times and different people. Of course the women saw two angels in the verse Luke 24:2 and only one angel was written about in Matthew 28:2 and Mark 16:5.

Mary Magdaline was the first to arrive at the tomb and saw an empty tomb, however on her next visit she saw two angels. John 11:13;  But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

Mary Magdaline later saw Jesus as written in John 20:14; When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.

Scripture must always be taken in context. If you don’t account for different people and different times, errors in exegesis will occur.

God Bless

Brian Mason

 

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