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Jeremy de Beer February 8, 2019 at 3:19 am

Dear Jack

Apart from attending one of our Lord and Master’s sermons out of curiosity, can you think of any other plausible way in which Joseph of Arimathea became a convert to Christianity and thereby a secret disciple?

With kindest regards


Jack Wellman February 8, 2019 at 9:29 am

Great question sir, but we know that since Joseph asked for Jesus’ body to bury Him, everyone must have known that he was now a disciple of Jesus. Otherwise, they would not have wanted anyone to know they were His disciples, but to do this publically shows Joseph was no longer a “secret disciple” but was one publically. I pray this has helped sir.

Peter waweru May 29, 2019 at 6:46 am

Were these two gentlemen married and did they have a family? for the Bible is silent about it. Joseph gave out his grave to Jesus, where was he buried ?

Jack Wellman May 29, 2019 at 10:10 am

Hello Mr. Waweru. The Bible is silent on these questions, and where the Bible is silent, so must we me. Thank you for your question sir.

Al Grayson May 17, 2020 at 10:30 am

“Graves” in Palestine were tombs, underground mausoleums. They typically were made from natural caves, but might be cut from solid “rock,” soft semi-stone.
As underground rooms they usually had shelf niches cut in the walls where the bodies were laid. If Joseph’s tomb was like most, it had shelf niches cut for his family members, which might include slaves.
Jesus’ body was not buried as such in the way we do, laid in the bottom of a hole and covered with dirt several feet deep. His body was laid on a shelf or perhaps a central table.
The women came early “Sunday” morning during twilight to add more fragrant spices to the body. If buried in a hole and covered with dirt several feet deep as is our custom they could not have added spices – there would have been no point in spicing a deeply buried body.

Neal Donohue July 17, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Do you realize there are discrepencies in John’s Gospel concerning the burial, then that of the synoptic (second-hand) accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The women are not accounted for in John at the burial, yet hey are the ones relaying the information to the other writers.

Jack Wellman July 17, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Hello Mr. Donohue and thank you for your comment sir, and no, I do not realize there are discrepancies in John’s gospel, because there are not. God’s Word never contradicts itself and there are no discrepancies in the Bible. What appears to be discrepancies are easily solved. Now human writings? Yes, they often do, so there are plenty of discrepancies in human writings, but in God’s Word? Never! The women “are” accounted for. If you had 4 eye witnesses at an accident, each would give similar information, but their perspectives would vary. They wouldn’t contradict each other, but only be different from one another because of where they were standing. It is only your lack of understanding and others that make them feel there are discrepancies, but they are wrong.

For example, egarding the timing of the women’s trip, the sticky point is John’s claim that they went to the tomb “while it was still dark” (John 20:1). Was it very early in the morning at dawn, or was it still dark? One plausible solution is that the phrases used in the Gospels all refer to the same general time. Much of the sky is still dark when the day begins to dawn very early in the morning.

Perhaps a better solution is that John may have described when the women initially left for the tomb, while the other Gospels described when the women arrived. If they lodged in Bethany, as they had done earlier in the week, then the women would need to travel about two miles to reach the burial site (John 11:18), plenty of time for the sun to rise.

Resolving the differences in the number of women listed is straightforward. At least five women went to the tomb, since Luke names three of them and then says “other women” went too (at least two). Notice that Matthew does not say that only two women were there. Mark does not say only three women were there. They simply focus on the women they name. Although John names only Mary Magdalene, he is clearly aware that she was not alone. Reporting to Peter and John, she said, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him” (John 20:2), so you see, it is a lack of seeing/reading all four gospels and then and only them do you get the whole picture. I hope that helped you sir.

Emmanuel Emielu January 13, 2020 at 9:47 pm

God bless you sir, for standing for Jesus, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea in their time.

Jack Wellman January 13, 2020 at 10:13 pm

You are so encouraging sir. Thank you.

Oun January 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm

In his book the Day Christ Died – An Historical Novel (1957), Jim Bishop describes Joseph of Arimathea as a Sadducee. How plausible is it?

Jack Wellman January 18, 2020 at 12:06 pm

Hello Oun. While there is not much information in the Bible about Joseph of Arimathea, there are certain things we can glean from the text. In Luke 23:50, we learn that Joseph was actually a part of the Council, or Sanhedrin—the group of Jewish religious leaders who called for Jesus’ crucifixion. However, as we read on to verse 51, we see that Joseph was opposed to the Council’s decision and was in fact a secret follower of Jesus (see also Mark 15:43). Joseph was a wealthy man (Matthew 27:57), although the source of his wealth is unknown. In addition, the Bible refers to Joseph as a “good and upright man” (Luke 23:50).

Many spurious stories and legends have arisen regarding Joseph. Some purport that Joseph of Arimathea was the uncle of Jesus’ mother, Mary. However, the Bible makes no such connection, so the claim is unsubstantiated. In addition, Joseph supposedly made many trips to Britain for trade and is said to have eventually brought the gospel to that country. Again, though, the Bible is silent about Joseph after Jesus’ burial, so we cannot know for sure what path he took later in life. What we do know is what we find in the Scriptures: Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man and part of the Sanhedrin, and he procured Jesus’ body and laid it in his own tomb—from which Jesus would rise again in power three days later. If it is not recorded in the Bible, we cannot know for sure about whether Joseph of Arimathea was a Sadducee, but there is no valid historical nor biblical record that Jospeh was a Sadducee.

Mario Valdés February 15, 2020 at 11:03 pm

i have found out brother
May God bless you

Jack Wellman February 16, 2020 at 9:29 am

Hello Mario. I am glad you found out, so what happened to Nicodemus and Joseph? I could only use the Bible as my source since this alone is trustworthy.

Daniel March 30, 2020 at 10:27 am

Knowing that there is an answer to all questions that arise in the bible, would you know why the women would need to go to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body, when Joseph and Nicodemus already did it three days earlier? Thank you for your time.

Jack Wellman March 30, 2020 at 1:07 pm

Hello Daniel. Anointing the dead bodies for the first 3 days is Jewish custom and one of showing diginity and respect for the dead. They knew others might come to view the body, as in some cases today, there are viewings before the person is laid to rest.

Al Grayson April 19, 2020 at 10:03 pm

What happened to Jesus’ body when He rose into the sky and disappeared from sight? Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51
He was received into heaven. Where is this heaven, that a physical body can go?

Jack Wellman April 20, 2020 at 9:35 am

Hello Mr. Grayson. Jesus’ body was with Him when He rose into the sky. Remember that He showed them the nail holes and the pierced side with a sword, and that’s a physical body He had after the resurrection, so nothing happened to His body. It lay lifeless but Jesus’ Spirit never died as He is God and cannot die. He was recieved into heaven presenting His own blood (see Book of Hebrews).

Steve H Hakes April 3, 2021 at 11:36 am

Just passing through, researching for a vampire book what history and legend says about J-o-A & Nicodemus.

On Nicodemus, I reckon it was he who introduced the term, ‘born again’ in good natured humour in a good natured dialogue: Jesus had used a ambivalent term (Jhn.3:3); Nicodemus took it in its reincarnational way as a “surely not”, and Jesus had in so many words said “don’t be ridiculous, of course not—born from above, not born again”.

As to point of conversion, pace your prof, Jhn.1:12 spoke of only a right to become prior to the cross, because becoming children of God would not be possible before the resurrection: it’s all connected to seeing/entering the new level of kingdom—Nicodemus, by natural birth, was already a kingdom member of Sinai’s level of kingdom. IMO even the apostles only became born a-new-way once they individually welcomed Jesus as the resurrected messiah.

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