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Matthew is the only Gospel to include the story of the guards at the tomb – supposedly the only actual eyewitnesses of the Resurrection – in the Resurrection narrative. For a number of reasons discussed below, this piece of the narrative is clearly ahistorical, acting (I argue) as a counter-counter-argument to the Jewish claims of a stolen body that we know existed (both from Matthew’s own claims and from Justin Martyr).

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Jonathan MS Pearce

A TIPPLING PHILOSOPHER Jonathan MS Pearce is a philosopher, author, columnist, and public speaker with an interest in writing about almost anything, from skepticism to science, politics, and morality,...