Saturday, May 23, 2009

The burial of Christ

Unbelievers reject the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ burial as unhistorical. I’ll just quote two major Jewish sources which corroborate key details of the Gospel accounts:

“I have known instances before now of men who had been crucified when this festival and holiday was at hand, being taken down and given up to their relations, in order to receive the honours of sepulture, and to enjoy such observances as are due to the dead; for it used to be considered, that even the dead ought to derive some enjoyment from the natal festival of a good emperor, and also that the sacred character of the festival ought to be regarded” (Philo, Against Flaccus, 83).

“…the Jews used to take so much care of the burial of men, that they took down those that were condemned and crucified, and buried them before the going down of the sun” (Josephus, Jewish War 4:317).;query=whiston%20chapter%3D%2371;layout=;loc=4.224

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