In the first part of this article we shall have a look at several features of this passage: discussion of the empty tomb, of the discrepancies between our several sources, and of the question whether Mark intended to end his Gospel with 16.8, we reserve for the second part.
According to all four Gospels women were the first to receive the news of the Lord's resurrection. According to Matthew, the Markan appendix and John it was also a woman or women who first saw the risen Lord, though Luke would seem to agree with Paul in representing Peter as the first to see Him. Is this precedence of women in the Easter narratives of the Gospels significant?
1 Based on a paper read to the Durham Lightfoot Society on the 25th April 1952, and to the Newcastle Presbytery Clerical Club on the 16th May 1952.