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

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

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

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

THE ORDER OF THE TWELVE APPEARANCES OF

PERSON(S)

SAW

HEARD

TOUCHED

OTHER

1.

Mary
(John 20:10–18)

X

X

X

Empty tomb

2.

Mary & Women
(Matt. 28:1–10)

X

X

X

Empty tomb

3.

Peter
(1 Cor. 15:5)

X

X*

Empty tomb, Clothes

4.

Two Disciples
(Luke 24:13–35)

X

X

Ate with Him

5.

Ten Apostles
(Luke 24:36–49; John 20:19–23)

X

X

X**

Saw wounds, Ate food

6.

Eleven Apostles
(John 20:24–31)

X

X

X**

Saw wounds

7.

Seven Apostles
(John 21)

X

X

Ate food

8.

All Apostles
(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 Apostles
(Acts 1:4–8)

X

X

Ate with Him

12.


(Acts 9:1–9; 1 Cor. 15:8)

X

X

not giving a complete list, but the important his purpose. Since ’s testimony considered legal or official in the 1st century, understandable that the apostle not list the women in his defense of the resurrection .

[1]

 

* Implied

** Offered Himself to be touched

** Offered Himself to be touched

* Implied

* Implied

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

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