Jesus Fact #5 – Jesus’ burial by Joseph of Arimathea.

Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy


Early Attestation:

Our earliest account of Jesus’ burial is found in one of Paul’s authentic letters. This letter was written around the early 50’s AD. However the account of the burial is part of a creed Paul received less than five years after Jesus’ crucifixion (1). The creed is commonly dated to within two to five years of Jesus’ death – Paul writes: “that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Cor. 15)

Scholar Habermas tells us that these creeds “preserve some of the earliest reports concerning Jesus from about AD 30-50” (2). In other words, we have very early attestation of the burial within five years of the death of Jesus.

Secondly, we find that the burial is part of Mark Pre-Passion Narrative material, according to exegete William Craig: “The burial account is part of Mark’s source material…

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