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The Women Encounter The Young Man In The Tomb (13.55–57)

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Having moved the women to the burial site, the discovery of the open tomb is the first observation that is made by the women. The open tomb was not a surprise for the audience of Gospel of Peter narrative, since unlike the women they had been privileged with the authorial description of the rolling away of the stone. In the Johannine account the tomb is initially devoid of people or heavenly beings (Jn 20.5-7), but on her second visit to the burial site Mary Magdalene does later encounter two angels sitting at the head and the foot of where the body had been positioned (Jn 20.12). While it has been suggested that the Markan phrase ἐν τοῖς δεξιοῖς (at the right) 'makes the young man represent Christ', it is difficult to see any theological motivation for the author of the Gospel of Peter in making this alteration.

Keywords: Christology; Gospel of Peter (13.55-57); Johannine account; Markan narrative; Mary Magdalene; women-at-the-tomb



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