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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.

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.

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