Inconsistently New Testament

So, I have been reading a lot and I mean A LOT of Christian Apologist sites lately. And an overarching theme has come up. This theme is that they claim there are no inconsistencies in the “New Testament” and those in the old can be explained by reading the new… Well, here I am pointing out a rather large inconsistency among the followers of JC. It deals not with what most decide to harp on, but instead, the way in which he was buried. I’ll let the passages speak for themselves.

Matthew 27:59-60

New International Version (NIV)

59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

 

Mark 15:46

New International Version (NIV)

46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

 

Luke 23:53

New International Version (NIV)

53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.

 

John 19:38-40

New International Version (NIV)

The Burial of Jesus

38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.

39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.[a]

40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.

 

John 20:6-7

New International Version (NIV)

Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there,

as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head.The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.

 

Ok, blaring inconsistency is whether it was a full piece or strips of linen he was buried in. Matthew, Mark and Luke all mention a full piece of linen, but John writes about strips of cloth and a separate piece being used for his head. He also writes that Apostle Peter finds the strips of linen and the separate piece for the head.

Another interesting one that I found in these was whether the burial chamber was cut out by Joseph or if it was already there, here’s the quotes that show another inconsistency.

Matthew 27:60

60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

 

Mark 15:46

46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

 

This is interesting that Joseph could have divined Jesus’ death early enough to have been able to carve out the tomb himself, or was that his job from the Roman’s? Was he in league with Judas? Oh and let’s not forgo the statements that he moved the damn stone by himself! He had to have been the size of an Ox!

One more inconsistency for posterity, and to think these were taken just from the burial of Christ, one of the last things that happened in his lifetime, aside from his resurrection. Who exactly took the body down?

 

Matthew 27:59

59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

 

Luke 23:53

53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.

 

John 19:38

38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.

 

So which was it guys? Did Joseph take the body down or did Pilate? Here are three inconsistencies and what seems to be an inhuman exhibition of strength, all surrounding what I would imagine to be one of the most important pieces to get right, JC’s death.

So all you Christ Co. shoppers, what’s your take on this?

Feel free to leave a comment below.

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  1. #1 by rustyjustin on May 6, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    Typical authoritarians, they simply can not accept even when the evidence is shoved in their face that their chosen authority could possibly be wrong. It is the behavior of the mentally unbalanced.

    • #2 by Derik on May 6, 2012 - 6:43 pm

      I hope you saw the comments I left on your blogger blog. I think you’ll find it interesting.

  2. #3 by rustyjustin on May 6, 2012 - 6:49 pm

    LOL! most amusing. Does he know about your blogspot version of EOS yet?

    • #4 by Derik on May 6, 2012 - 6:57 pm

      not yet, that’s why I put it there, it was meant to be one of those predictions in an envelope.

  3. #5 by Joe on June 22, 2012 - 7:39 am

    Hello Derik, I just happened upon this by chance and would like to help explain to you what you consider inconsistencys.
    I don’t believe the Shroud of Turin is Jesus burial cloth, having said that, the custom of burial was to soak the linens in various spices to somewhat mask the odor. It seems they used strips of cloth during the embalming process as described in detail in John 19, and John 20. It even describes the large amount of Myrrh and aloe that was used (75 pounds). Matthew and Mark did not go into such detail, but leaves a general remark.

    As far as the Tomb that Jesus was buried in: Matthew 27:60
    60 and placed it in his (Joseph of Arimathea) own new tomb that he had (this is not an indication that he cut it out, but HAD it cut out) cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.
    p.s. New tomb meaning that it had never been used. Joseph being a rich man had pre-arraigned his own burial place for when he died. Also known a prepaid funeral expense.

    You assume the stone was too big for one person to move without a lever of any kind.

    Joseph asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Since the Roman proconsul Pilate was in charge of the criminals bodies, he would need to get permission to remove the body for burial. No different than today.

    Here are some prophecies about Jesus from the OT and fulfilled in the NT:

    Rejected by His own people
    Isaiah 53:3, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
    Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
    John 7:5, “For even his own brothers did not believe in him.”
    John 7:48, “Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?”

    His side pierced
    Zech. 12:10, “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child,and grieve bitterly for him as one mourns for an only son.”
    John 19:34, “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”

    Crucifixion
    Psalm 22:1, Psalm 22:11-18, “For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?… Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan. Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”
    Luke 23:33, “When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals — one on his right, the other on his left.”
    John 19:33, “But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”
    John 19:23-24, “When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. ‘Let’s not tear it,’ they said to one another. ‘Let’s decide by lot who will get it.’ This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, ‘They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.’ So this is what the soldiers did.”

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