The Proclamation of John the Herald – Chapter 20 [textual note*]
1 And the first day of the weeks*, in the morning, while it was yet dark, Mary Magdalena came to the sepulchre:
and she saw that the stone was removed from the grave.
2 And she ran, and came to Simon Cephas, and to that other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them:
They have taken away our Lord from the sepulchre, and I know not where they have laid him.
3 And Simon set out, and the other disciple, and they were going to the sepulchre.
4 And they both ran together; but that disciple outran Simon, and came first to the sepulchre.
5 And he looked in, and saw the linen cloths lying:
but he did not go in.
6 And after him came Simon; and he entered the sepulchre, and saw the linen cloths lying;
7 and the napkin, that had been wrapped about his head, was not with the linen cloths, but was folded up, and laid in a place by itself.
8 Then entered also the disciple who came first to the sepulchre; and he saw, and believed.
9 For they had not yet learned from the scriptures, that he was to arise from the dead.
10 And those disciples went away again to their place.
11 But Mary remained standing at the sepulchre, and weeping; and as she wept, she looked into the sepulchre
12 and saw two angels in white, who were sitting, one at the pillows and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus was laid.
13 And they said to her:
Woman, why weepest thou?
She said to them:
Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him
14 Having said this, she turned round, and saw Jesus standing, but did not know that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus said to her:
Woman, why weepest thou ? and, whom dost thou seek?
And she supposed that he was the gardener:
and she said to him:
My lord, if thou hast borne him away, tell me where thou hast laid him, [and] I will go and take him away.
16 Jesus said to her:
And she turned, and said to him in Hebrew:
which is interpreted Teacher.
17 Jesus said to her:
Touch me not; for not yet have I ascended to my Father.
But go to my brethren, and say to them:
I ascend to my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.
18 Then came Mary Magdalena, and told the disciples that she had seen our Lord; and that he had said these things to her.
19 And on the evening of that first Day of the Weeks*, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came, and stood in the midst of them, and said to them: Peace be with you.
20 Having said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
And the disciples rejoiced, when they saw our Lord.
21 And Jesus said to them;
Peace be with you.
As my Father hath sent me, I also send you.
22 And as he said these things, he breathed on them, and said to them:
Receive ye the Holy Spirit.
23 If ye shall remit sins to any one, they will be remitted to him; and if ye shall retain [those] of any one, they will be retained.
24 But Thomas, who was called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not there with them, when Jesus came.
25 And the disciples said to him:
We have seen our Lord.
But he said to them:
Unless I see in his hands the places of the nails, and put my fingers into them, and extend my hand to his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days, the disciples were again within, and Thomas with them:
and Jesus came, while the doors were closed, stood in the midst, and said to them:
Peace be with you.
27 And he said to Thomas:
Reach hither thy finger, and look at my hands; and reach out thy hand and extend it to my side:
and be not incredulous, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered, and said to him:
My Lord, and my God!
29 Jesus said to him:
Now, when thou hast seen me, thou believest:
blessed are they, who have not seen me, yet believe.
30 And many other signs did Jesus before his disciples, which are not written in this book.
31 But these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God; and that when ye believe, ye may have life eternal by his name.
* textual note v. 1, 19: Aramaic and Greek manuscripts agree that ‘week’ is a miss-translation. The original word Sabbaton is plural. Meaning the first day of the Feast of Weeks, not the first day of the week. It is relevant because it verifies that Christ arose on the Sabbath, – the 7th day not the 1st – making Him the true First-fruit of the resurrection as Prophesied. All the Gospel records agree
2 Maccabees 6 KJVA
1 Not long after this the king sent an old man of Athens to compel the Jews to depart from the laws of their fathers, and not to live after the laws of God: 2 And to pollute also the temple in Jerusalem, and to call it the temple of Jupiter Olympius; and that in Garizim, of Jupiter the Defender of strangers, as they did desire that dwelt in the place. 3 The coming in of this mischief was sore and grievous to the people: 4 For the temple was filled with riot and revelling by the Gentiles, who dallied with harlots, and had to do with women within the circuit of the holy places, and besides that brought in things that were not lawful. 5 The altar also was filled with profane things, which the law forbiddeth. 6 Neither was it lawful for a man to keep sabbath days or ancient fasts, or to profess himself at all to be a Jew. 7 And in the day of the king’s birth every month they were brought by bitter constraint to eat of the sacrifices; and when the fast of Bacchus was kept, the Jews were compelled to go in procession to Bacchus, carrying ivy. 8 Moreover there went out a decree to the neighbour cities of the heathen, by the suggestion of Ptolemee, against the Jews, that they should observe the same fashions, and be partakers of their sacrifices: 9 And whoso would not conform themselves to the manners of the Gentiles should be put to death. Then might a man have seen the present misery. 10 For there were two women brought, who had circumcised their children; whom when they had openly led round about the city, the babes handing at their breasts, they cast them down headlong from the wall. 11 And others, that had run together into caves near by, to keep the sabbath day secretly, being discovered by Philip, were all burnt together, because they made a conscience to help themselves for the honour of the most sacred day. 12 Now I beseech those that read this book, that they be not discouraged for these calamities, but that they judge those punishments not to be for destruction, but for a chastening of our nation. 13 For it is a token of his great goodness, when wicked doers are not suffered any long time, but forthwith punished. 14 For not as with other nations, whom the Lord patiently forbeareth to punish, till they be come to the fulness of their sins, so dealeth he with us, 15 Lest that, being come to the height of sin, afterwards he should take vengeance of us. 16 And therefore he never withdraweth his mercy from us: and though he punish with adversity, yet doth he never forsake his people. 17 But let this that we at spoken be for a warning unto us. And now will we come to the declaring of the matter in a few words. 18 Eleazar, one of the principal scribes, an aged man, and of a well favoured countenance, was constrained to open his mouth, and to eat swine’s flesh. 19 But he, choosing rather to die gloriously, than to live stained with such an abomination, spit it forth, and came of his own accord to the torment, 20 As it behoved them to come, that are resolute to stand out against such things, as are not lawful for love of life to be tasted. 21 But they that had the charge of that wicked feast, for the old acquaintance they had with the man, taking him aside, besought him to bring flesh of his own provision, such as was lawful for him to use, and make as if he did eat of the flesh taken from the sacrifice commanded by the king; 22 That in so doing he might be delivered from death, and for the old friendship with them find favour. 23 But he began to consider discreetly, and as became his age, and the excellency of his ancient years, and the honour of his gray head, whereon was come, and his most honest education from a child, or rather the holy law made and given by God: therefore he answered accordingly, and willed them straightways to send him to the grave. 24 For it becometh not our age, said he, in any wise to dissemble, whereby many young persons might think that Eleazar, being fourscore years old and ten, were now gone to a strange religion; 25 And so they through mine hypocrisy, and desire to live a little time and a moment longer, should be deceived by me, and I get a stain to mine old age, and make it abominable. 26 For though for the present time I should be delivered from the punishment of men: yet should I not escape the hand of the Almighty, neither alive, nor dead. 27 Wherefore now, manfully changing this life, I will shew myself such an one as mine age requireth, 28 And leave a notable example to such as be young to die willingly and courageously for the honourable and holy laws. And when he had said these words, immediately he went to the torment: 29 They that led him changing the good will they bare him a little before into hatred, because the foresaid speeches proceeded, as they thought, from a desperate mind. 30 But when he was ready to die with stripes, he groaned, and said, It is manifest unto the Lord, that hath the holy knowledge, that whereas I might have been delivered from death, I now endure sore pains in body by being beaten: but in soul am well content to suffer these things, because I fear him. 31 And thus this man died, leaving his death for an example of a noble courage, and a memorial of virtue, not only unto young men, but unto all his nation.
2 Maccabees 6 KJVA