[quote=mary1818] Did you read the article I linked?
I’m familiar with the Catholic Encyclopedia and other source for this. I want to know what you think.
[quote=mary1818] What elements of the story do you think are wrong? I see nothing that’s wrong, just accounts written by 4 men who chose to include different things.
That may be because you don’t want to see anything wrong. Let’s compare your source to the gospels themselves so see if it matches up.
[quote=your source] Mary Magdalen, Mary the Mother of James, and Salome approach the sepulchre, and see the stone rolled back, whereupon Mary Magdalen immediately returns to inform the Apostles (Mark 16:4; Luke 24:2; John 20:1-2).
Only she doesn’t according to both Matthew and Luke. Here’s Matthew:
Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, **Mary Magdalene and the other Mary **came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women [who’s the angel talking to here?], “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”
And in Matthew, both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary actually meet Jesus on the way, clasp his ankles and worship him:
And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
When he says “they” he’s still talking about Mary Magdalene and the other Mary. These are the only two women who are even in his narration. He’s clearly not talking about some other group of women
Here’s a question for you. Since Mary Magdalene actually met Jesus and worshiped him on the way to tell the disciples, why would she tell them the body had been stolen and she didn’t know where it was?
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And 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 perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles.
Luke can’t be much clearer. Mary Magdalene was one of the women telling the disciples that they’d met angels who told them Jesus had risen.
[quote=your source] The other two holy women enter the sepulchre, find an angel seated in the vestibule, who shows them the empty sepulchre, announces the Resurrection, and commissions them to tell the disciples and Peter that they shall see Jesus in Galilee (Matthew 28:5-7; Mark 16:5-7).
A second group of holy women, consisting of Joanna and her companions, arrive at the sepulchre, where they have probably agreed to meet the first group, enter the empty interior, and are admonished by two angels that Jesus has risen according to His prediction (Luke 24:10).
This separation of the women is an invention, created out of thin air. There’s no separation in any of the gospels. It’s simply made up, despite what the gospels say, in an attempt to avoid the contradiction.
So, in essence, the apologetic you provided (number 2 from the OP), instead of harmonizing with the gospels, creates a fifth gospel which disagrees with all of them!