Can’t Touch This – Part 7

Sacro Monte di Crea; The finding of the empty ...

Sacro Monte di Crea; The finding of the empty tomb of Christ, statues by Antonio Brilla, 1889 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Women as witnesses

In 1st century Rome, the era in which the New Testament was written, a woman’s’ testimony was not widely trusted. In fact, a woman’s testimony was inadmissible in court. However, all four gospel accounts unapologetically credit women as the first witnesses to the resurrection.[1] Mark and Luke even give women credit for being the eyewitnesses of his burial, probably so that they could authenticate where His body was laid.[2] If all four canonical (authorized and accepted) Gospel accounts were edited to make them look more credible, men would have been written in as the original eye witnesses, but they weren’t. The only reason Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John would have given women credit (and that they maintained the credit throughout church history) is that they really were the first eyewitnesses. No one would have gambled on the doctrine (teaching) of Jesus’ resurrection by attributing women as the first witnesses if they weren’t. The doctrine of the resurrection is too important. In fact, Paul said it is the most important doctrine of all.[3]

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