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A Different Tomb, A Different Story: The Epistula Apostolorum

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The analysis of the Gospel of John revealed that the raising of Lazarus functions as a key turning point in the narrative and that Martha plays a key role within this Gospel. This chapter discusses a different tomb and a different story. It begins with the Epistula Apostolorum (Ep. Ap.), the earliest of the extant textual witnesses to the tradition placing Martha at the tomb of Jesus. The Epistula purports to be a letter written by the eleven apostles to the Church in the whole world; a letter, moreover, which has been revealed by Christ himself. The Epistula is directed explicitly against the teachings of Simon and Cerinthus, the arch-gnostics of the early Church. Scholars have generally paid little attention to the substitution of women's names in the Easter narratives.

Keywords: different story; different tomb; Epistula Apostolorum; Gospel; Jesus; John; Lazarus; Martha



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