It's a shame this has to be lost in here, but since I'm not Baptist, this is the best place for it, after "Bible Study" in the Baptist Debate Forum where it really belongs.(though it is not really a debate among us. It can help us in our debate against those who say the Gospels contradict each other, though!) I was just finishing up Goerge W. Knight's Harmony of the Gospels (Holman, 1999, 2000), a completely blended (rather than the parallel columns) which includes commentary. This got me looking at the different accounts of the resurrection and afterward. I remembered the disparity between "one man", "an angel", "two men, "two angels", being a problem. But now for the first time I noticed a whole other bunch of seeming conflicts; especially involving the women who went to the tomb first, (and whether they went and told everyone right away, or fled in fear) and then even the "eleven disciples", and whther they saw Jesus first at Galilee, like He promised, or Jerusalem. In some places, this book would admit the discrepancies, printing one Gospel's version of an event, with an alternate version in brackets. But reading the Gospels separately, it suddenly dawned on me, that Luke's version does not specify any women by name until v10, which looked like it could have been a parenthetical recap of an earlier event. This could explain both why one angel was seen once, and two were seen; and how some could not tell anyone right away, while others run to tell the disciples immediately. Another discrepancy was that spices were said to be prepared before the Sabbath, but on the other hand, bought after the sabbath. This has been used by those favoring a Wed. crucifixion/Thurs. annual "sabbath" theory (still, if that was true, Friday is never mentioned. The day to day sequence always seems to go straight: Burial—Sabbath—Resurrection.) Then, it also occurred to me, that there must have been more than one group of disciples, with one of them called "the eleven", even though all eleven were not always together. After all, we see in places Peter or "Simon" separate from and mentioned to "the eleven", and Thomas, "of the Twelve" is separated from them. Paul also seems to distiguish "Peter and the twelve"; then "James, then the apostles". The Gospels are not exhausive accounts of every word and action ever said, (as Bob Ryan would put it). So it seems that all the discrepancies are from missed details. Each account was aimed at a specific audience, and it was not really meant to be put together. The original readers, however, would have clearly remembered enough information (and perhaps they saw/heard other true accounts which weren't preserved) to remember, which women did what, and which of the eleven disciples went where. So it seems the key to all of this is that when Luke says "the women"/"they", it is all the women besides the Mary's and Salome; when Mark says it, it is theother Mary and Salome; when Matthew says it, is is most likely the two Mary's. Mark and Luke speak of a bulk of the remainder of the twelve, which saw Jesus first in Jerusalem, as "the eleven", while Matthew calls the group who saw Him first at Galilee "the eleven", and John and Paul still speak of "the twelve" (John referring to Thomas, apart of this group). Even as I was writing this post, it occured to me that the reference to Him appearing to "Simon" could refer to him being in the group that went to Galilee; and I shuffled around some of the sections. So here is my attempt to assemble the passages in their chronological order. This took all day, and all are welcome to add their thoughts, corrections, etc. And if this has already been done sucessfully by some scholar or someone; this was all common knowledge, and I just didn't see it. (Most people I have seen usually gloss over this, but it is one of the main cases the atheists and higher critics have against the Bible).