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Was Mary at the tomb before sunrise or after?

PROBLEM: Mark states that Mary was there “very early in the morning ... when the sun had risen” (Mark 16:2). But John says it was “early, while it was still dark” (John 20:1).

Mark 16:2

ESV - 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.

Clarify Share Report Asked December 16 2019 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that plausible interpretations of the wording of John 20:1 leave open the possibility of the reference to darkness applying to the time when Mary Magdalene left her home. She then met the women mentioned in Mark and Luke (Mary, the mother of James, Joanna, and Salome, plus possibly "other women" referenced in Luke 24:10) on the journey, and by the time they arrived at the tomb, the sun had risen, as referenced in Mark 16:2. (Notice also that, although John mentions only Mary by name as having gone to the tomb, he also records Mary as saying to Peter and John in John 20:2 that "we" do not know where they have laid Him, implying that Mary was not alone.)

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