The stone was rolled away (Lk 24:2-24:2)

“They found

The stone

Rolled away

From the tomb.”

εὗρον δὲ τὸν λίθον ἀποκεκυλισμένον ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου,

Luke said that these unnamed women found (εὗρον δὲ) that the stone had been rolled away (τὸν λίθον ἀποκεκυλισμένον) from the tomb entrance (ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου).  John, chapter 20:1, said the stone had been removed when Mary Magdalene got there.  Mark, chapter 16:3-4, said that there was a discussion about rolling back the stone as the 3 women had been saying to themselves or talking to one another (καὶ ἔλεγον πρὸς ἑαυτάς).  They wondered who would roll away the stone for them (ίς ἀποκυλίσει ἡμῖν τὸν λίθον) at the entrance to the tomb (ἐκ τῆς θύρας τοῦ μνημείου)?  This was a legitimate question for these 3 women.  However, just like in the other gospel stories, Mark said that when the 3 women looked up (καὶ ἀναβλέψασαι), they saw (θεωροῦσιν) that the stone had already been rolled away (ὅτι ἀνακεκύλισται ὁ λίθος), even though it was very large (ἦν γὰρ μέγας σφόδρα).  Matthew, chapter 28:2, was the only one who had any activity at the tomb.  He uniquely said that suddenly there was a great seismic earthquake (καὶ ἰδοὺ σεισμὸς ἐγένετο μέγας).  Matthew also uniquely had an earthquake at the death of Jesus, chapter 27:54.  Now he had another earthquake at the resurrection of Jesus.  These earthquakes symbolized that something important was happening.  Thus, another problem was solved, since no one had to move the stone at the entrance to the tomb.  Have you ever been to a tomb?

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