In this historical study of Mark 16:1-8 , I will begin by discussing the validity of the Gospels, and in particular the chosen passage; questioning whether or not it is a trustworthy historical source. This will then lead to the question ‘was the tomb really empty?’ - and in reply show that this is a clear fact.
1 Carsten Peter Thiede, Jesus,Man or Myth? (Oxford:Lion Hudson, 2005) 17.
Jewish documents, such as the Qumran scrolls and Prophets, speak of the resurrection exclusively in terms of risen bodies and open tombs. For Paul, and his contemporaries, it was self-evident that the tomb was empty.
3 Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament (Oxford:O.U.P, 2012) 23.
4 Thiede, Jesus, Man or Myth?, 112.5 Thiede, Jesus, Man or Myth?, 108-109.
6 Helen K. Bond, The Historical Jesus (London:Bloomsbury, 2013) 170-171.7 Bond, The Historical Jesus, 171.
8 Bond, The Historical Jesus, 171.
Ehrman, B 2012, The New Testament, New York : Oxford.
Thiede, C 2005, Jesus, Man or Myth?, Oxford : Lion Hudson.