There are basically four different versions of the same story. The truth is somewhere in those stories. This is the section of scripture after Jesus is no longer in the tomb. A number of women go to the tomb to anoint Christ’s body with spices. The women see one or two beings. In the majority of cases, one or more of them see angels. The women are told that Jesus has risen and they are to go and tell the disciples and Peter.
What is interesting is that, in my Bible, I can see which ancient text has been left out – but is there for me to see. After Mark, there is a reference to what would be Mark 16:14 “Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table: and he (Jesus) upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness at heart, bhecase they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. (Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene and then two of them – would them be women?). I looked back at Matthew and Matthew does have a flair for the dramatic. there is an earthquake which causes the stone to roll back, and the women see Jesus on the way to see the disciples.
I think it is significant that in at least one version of the Gospel, the male disciples don’t believe the women. It is rather fitting. Christ is always testing them. It would be like him to see if they do believe the women. Then he could use that as a “teachable moment”. They were supposed to believe what the women said. My reaction is “why wouldn’t they believe the women?” Societal norms, seeing women as more prone to being imaginative? Yes, they should know at least a few of the women well enough to know they would not make things up. Maybe there were a few that believed, but were afraid to spiral up.
Whatever the reason, this is what Jesus had been up against. Even so, from what I have read, there is good reason to believe that women were “part and parcel” or an integral part in the early church. One even sticking to her faith and herself executed. I will post more about Christ and the example he set in the treatment of women.
Here is the Bible I have. Basically, I would look for a Bible that does include verses that were left out. My Bible also gives readers Chapters and verses where the information can be found elsewhere.
“The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments”
Revised Standard Version
Translated from the original tongues being the version set forth in A.D. 1611 …. Compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1952
I am sure there is a new revision. I received mine in 1967. I was 12.
Thomas Nelson and Sons