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Securing The Sepulchre (8.28–33)

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Brown argues that it is the Matthean redactor who is responsible for interweaving a women-at-the-tomb story into an already existing guard-at-the-sepulcher narrative. He does not see this as decisive in establishing the priority of the Gospel of Peter. Like Matthew, the Gospel of Peter emphasizes the fact that the disciples of Jesus were not present at the tomb as direct witnesses to the process of resurrection. The Gospel of Peter follows Matthew in having Pilate provide the Jewish authorities with a detachment of soldiers of unspecified strength to guard the tomb. Crossan argues that Matthew's theological slant in rewriting the story of the guards is an 'attempt to change the Cross Gospel's consistent combination of Jewish authorities and Roman guards into one in which the Jewish authorities are not at the tomb, and Jewish, and not Roman, guards are'.

Keywords: Cross Gospel; Gospel of Peter (8.28-33); guard-at-the-sepulcher narrative; Jesus; Jewish authority; Matthew; Pilate; resurrection; Roman guard

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