"Divine Visitation, Revisited" by Hunter Madsen

"Divine Visitation, Revisited"

When people encounter the divine face-to-face, their challenge comes not so much in the experiencing but, afterwards, in making sense of retelling their encounter to others.  Just a few years later, and the historical details begin to blur beyond recovery.  Take, for example, the Bible's suspiciously incoherent account of Jesus's all-important, miraculous resurrection during the days after crucifixion:

 “Who was the first person to go to the tomb? Was it Mary Magdalene by herself (per the Gospel of John)? or Mary along with another Mary (Matthew)? or Mary along with another Mary and Salome (Mark)? or Mary, Mary, Joanna, and a number of other women (Luke)? 

Was the stone already rolled away when they arrived at the tomb (Mark, Luke, and John), or explicitly not (Matthew)? Whom did they see there? An angel (Matthew), a man (Mark), or two men (Luke)? Did they immediately go and tell some of the disciples what they had seen (John), or not (Matthew, Mark, and Luke)? 

What did the person or people at the tomb tell the women to do? To tell the disciples that Jesus would meet them in Galilee (Matthew and Mark)? Or to remember what Jesus had told them earlier when he had been in Galilee (Luke)? Did the women then go tell the disciples what they were told to tell them (Matthew and Luke), or not (Mark)? Did the disciples see Jesus (Matthew, Luke, and John), or not (Mark)? Where did they see him?—only in Galilee (Matthew), or only in Jerusalem (Luke)?”

      ― Bart D. Ehrman, How Jesus Became God (2014). Italics added.



TITLE - "Divine Visitation, Revisited"
WHERE - Near Lukla, Nepal (2019)