Hi Visorstuff, I wasn't sure if this belongs as part of the exegesis or as a thought question. I think it needs to be fleshed out a bit more. For now I put it in the exegesis.
- Verse 66: Was the stone meant to keep people out, or people in?
Looking at this again, I am wondering if it makes sense to remove this question. Maybe I am missing the point. Verse 64 says "lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away." To me this suggests that the pharisees were not concerned that Jesus would rise from the dead and would get out of the tomb (as he actually did), but rather that his disciples would come and get Jesus's dead body and people would think that Jesus had risen from the dead because his body wasn't in the grave. So now thinking of the question... Maybe though the point is that we shouldn't take the pharisees at face value. Of course, the pharisees aren't going to say that they think Jesus will in fact rise from the dead, but maybe they actually do fear that Jesus will and are attempting to block this. hmmm... One wonders how someone could believe that Jesus could rise from the dead but not be able to get a stone out of the way. But there are other cases in the scriptures (though none come to mind immediately) where people show a similar confusion. --Matthew Faulconer 02:09, 29 Sep 2005 (UTC)