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To whom did Christ appear first, the women or His disciples? MATTHEW 28:9

MATTHEW 28:9—To whom did Christ appear , the women or disciples?

: Both Matthew and Mark list women as the ones to the resurrected Christ. Mark says, “He appeared to Magdalene” (16:9). But Paul lists Peter (Cephas) as the one to Christ after resurrection (1 Cor. 15:5).

SOLUTION: appeared to Magdalene, then to the other women, and then to Peter. The order of the twelve appearances of Christ goes as follows:

THE ORDER OF THE TWELVE APPEARANCES OF CHRIST

PERSON(S)

SAW

HEARD

TOUCHED

OTHER EVIDENCE

1.


(John 20:10–18)

X

X

X

Empty tomb

2.

& Women
(Matt. 28:1–10)

X

X

X

Empty tomb

3.

Peter
(1 Cor. 15:5)

X

X*

Empty tomb, Clothes

4.

Two Disciples
( 24:13–35)

X

X

Ate Him

5.

Ten
( 24:36–49; John 20:19–23)

X

X

X**

Saw wounds, Ate food

6.

Eleven
(John 20:24–31)

X

X

X**

Saw wounds

7.

Seven
(John 21)

X

X

Ate food

8.

All
(Matt. 28:16–20; Mark 16:14–18)

X

X

9.

500 Brethren
(1 Cor. 15:6)

X

X*

10.

James
(1 Cor. 15:7)

X

X*

11.

All
( 1:4–8)

X

X

Ate Him

12.

Paul
( 9:1–9; 1 Cor. 15:8)

X

X

Paul was not giving a complete list, but the important one for purpose. men’s testimony was considered legal or official in the 1st , it understandable that the apostle would not list the women in defense of the resurrection .

[1]

 

* Implied

** Offered Himself to be touched

** Offered Himself to be touched

* Implied

* Implied

[1]Geisler, N. L., & , T. A. (1992). When critics ask : A popular handbook on Bible difficulties (365). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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