11 More Resurrection “Contradictions” That Aren’t Really Contradictions, by Dave Armstrong

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By Dave Armstrong, EWTN News, May 8, 2021

Dave Armstrong Dave Armstrong is a full-time Catholic author and apologist, who has been actively proclaiming and defending Christianity since 1981. …


Dave ArmstrongI continue my effort, started in a previous column (with 12 examples), of analyzing attempts to poke holes in many aspects of the stories of Jesus’ Resurrection, as presented in all four Gospels.

1. St. Paul doesn’t mention an “empty tomb.” Acts 13:29-31 says “they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead; and for many days he appeared…”

Paul mentions a “tomb” in 13:29, then says Jesus was “raised … from the dead.” That’s an “empty tomb” is it not? Jesus wasn’t there anymore, and “for many days he appeared” (13:31). Inexorable conclusion: empty tomb!

2. In Matthew and Mark the women are instructed to tell the disciples to meet Jesus in Galilee. Unless the texts say something like “this is the only time they saw the risen Jesus” (and they don’t) no contradiction is established. …