No matter who a person is speaking to if A happened then he or she is going to tell whomever that A occurred, not that not A occurred. Take my analogy at the top of the thread. The two people in the car will say they got hit by a car whether talking to a policeman, a judge, a reporter, an insurance company, or a friend. Sure, a person may stress certain details when talking to one person versus another; but they won’t give conflicting details based on the audience.
And that’s the key. It’s not a matter of leaving out information but giving information such that either all but one is true or none are true. A person telling the story wouldn’t tell another that the stone had already been rolled away, yet tell a third person that they saw an angel roll the stone away. The idea of difference audiences mean some were told 0 angels, 1 angel, or 2 angels withers under the very mildes of scrutiny.
There’s an old joke where four college student friends who all took the same class missed an exam through their own fault. They agree to say they were driving to class and got a flat tire. They go to the professor and tell him their story. He agrees to give them a make up test. The next day he gives each of them their test in separate classrooms. The test seems normal and the boys think they’re homefree until they see one extra question: “Which tire had the flat?”
That’s not analagous to what is going on here. As I mentioned in an earlier post I don’t believe there was any intentional falsehood in the Biblical stories (although I certainly don’t rule them out). They likely come from a single originating source, but that in no way means the source is even a little bit true. The stories of Heracles are believed to have originated from that of a man who actually lived in Greece. The joke I referenced shows that details matter. Brushing aside that which conflicts with a desired narrative is neither convincing nor truth-seeking.
Also take into consideriation that in this particular case we have four storytellers. There are several items, even in the New Testament, which are only told by one of the Gospel writers. We don’t have the luxury of comparing and contrasting in those cases, so how do we know what is and what is not true. By some of the people here the Bible allows for significant amount of false information into its writings. Believers have to rely on presupposition to try and convince others that while yes the empty tomb versions conflict wildly and the Bible can’t agree on who Peter denied Jesus to we can be assured of its accuracy on other matters.