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Three Gigantic Men Emerge From The Tomb (10.38–42)

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The focus of this chapter falls on those guarding the tomb. In line with the theological concern to validate the resurrection as a divine event and not a deception perpetrated by the disciples, the story relates that the soldiers on duty saw the two men enter into the tomb. Luz perhaps overplays the theological significance of the guards being rendered as dead men in the Matthean account. In the Gospel of Peter the duty-guards immediately rouse the centurion and, as the audience now learn for certain, that the Jewish elders had in fact remained stationed alongside the Roman military personnel throughout the night. Although the image of three men leaving the tomb is not present in any of the canonical gospels, the identity of the third figure who emerges from the sepulchre is not a surprise for those who know any form or tradition of the resurrection tradition.

Keywords: Gospel of Peter (10.38-42); guard-at-the-tomb; Jewish elder; resurrection tradition; sepulchre



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