| Quote #7
[…] returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. (NRSV 24:9-11)
[…] And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. (KJV 24:9-11)
How's this for a privileged status? The female followers of Jesus are the first witnesses of the empty tomb and the angelic message that Jesus has been resurrected. They are also the first to remember (at the angels' prompting) that Jesus had foretold his death and resurrection (24:1-8). Sounds awesome—except the men don't believe a word of it. They'll need to see it to believe it (24:12).
| Quote #8
"Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him." (NRSV 24:22-24)
Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. (KJV 24:22-24)
Does the women's sex have anything to do with the need for the men to witness the empty tomb for themselves?