Saturday, 23 April 2011

Sleeping guards

Master Francke, c1424
Matthew 27:62-66:

“And the next day, which followed the day of preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate, saying: Sir, we have remembered, that that seducer said, while he was yet alive: After three days I will rise again. Command therefore the sepulchre to be guarded until the third day: lest perhaps his disciples come and steal him away and say to the people: He is risen from the dead. And the last error shall be worse than the first.

Pilate says to them: You have a guard. Go, guard it as you know. And they departing, made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone and setting guards."

After the angel appears to the women with the news of the Resurrection, Matthew 28:12-15:

"…some of the guards came into the city and told the chief priests all things that had been done. And they being assembled together with the ancients, taking counsel, gave a great sum of money to the soldiers, saying: Say you, His disciples came by night and stole him away when we were asleep. And if the governor shall hear of this, we will persuade him and secure youSo they taking the money, did as they were taught: and this word was spread abroad among the Jews even unto this day.”

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