Skeptics often say there is a contradiction,who announced the resurrection to the women,a young man or an angel?
THE SYNOPTIC RELATION
1.Mark was written first.
2.And MATTHEW and LUKE-ACTS were both written 10 years later.
It is the consensus(an agreement of at least 95%)by scholars that Matthew and Luke read and copied parts of Mark.
3.MATTHEW copied 90% of all that is in MARK,plus he presents MATTHEAN MATERIAL(only found in MATTHEW,independent) and Q MATERIAL(230 verses common to Luke and Mathew,but absent from Mark).
4.Luke copied about 50% of all that is in MARK,plus he presents Lucan material (only found in LUKE,independent) and Q MATERIAL.
Let’s begin from the beginning.
MARK TELLS US IT WAS A YOUNG MAN IN WHITE
“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.”
MATTHEW SAYS IT WAS AN “ANGELOS”
“There was a violent earthquake, for an angelos of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.His appearance was like lightning, and his CLOTHES were WHITE as SNOW.The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angelos said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.”
LUKE SAYS IT WAS 2 MEN…THEN HE SAYS IT WAS ANGELOS:
“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in CLOTHES that GLEAMED like LIGHTNING stood beside them.”
“In addition, some of our women amazed us:
1. They went to the tomb early this morning
2.But didn’t find his body.
3.They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angelos, who said he was alive.”
What is an Angelos?
In HEBREW the word used is melekh,in GREEK it is ANGELOS.It means MESENGER,and in both cases the messenger can be HEAVENLY or HUMAN,the ONLY way to know is by the CONTEXT.There is no contradiction,the young man in white was a messenger (angelos) from heaven,that is all.
In ENGLISH,the word ANGEL has a different meaning,from there the supposed “contradiction”.
One or Two Heavenly Messengers?
LUKE in his INTRODUCTION tells us he got information from VARIOUS SOURCES:
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
They are at least three:
2.The Q Document
3.Lucan Material not found anywhere else.
So LUKE used MARK as a source,and Mark only says “a young man”.From his OTHER sources Luke knows there were at least two young men.No contradiction,nowhere does MARK say it was ONLY one young man:LUKE just gives additional info.
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