Is the stolen body hypothesis credible?

Is the stolen body hypothesis (the idea that Jesus’s body was stolen from the tomb) credible? Why or why not?

Why or why not?
It was custom that the dead should be buried asap

What the Bible says about Joseph of Arimathea

The story of Joseph of Arimathea The story of Joseph of Arimathea is told in all four gospels.

Joseph was a wealthy man who came from Arimathea in Judea.

He was a good and righteous man who managed to be both a member of the Council (the Sanhedrin) and a secret supporter of Jesus - which is why he did not join in the Council’s actions against Jesus.

After the death of Jesus, Joseph asked Pilate for permission to take Jesus’ body and bury it properly.

Permission was granted and the body was taken down. Joseph, helped by Nicodemus, wrapped the body in cloth with the addition of myrrh and aloes.

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.

So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.

They buried Jesus in an unused tomb that Joseph may have intended for himself, where it was protected by a heavy stone rolled against the opening.

Matthew 27:57-60


Is it creditable that Mycroft was morbidly obese and smarter than Sherlock?

Answer me that.


As for the Passion, it’s a splendid metaphorical coaching manual, all about the human condition and how to deal with the consequences of our actions.

It’s a step by step guide for helping us face our own sins and consequences.

To burn on the cross of your own guilt, then to reawaken a new person, somehow miraculously ‘healed.’

Or at least different, more mature, with attitude adjusted, and ready to face the new challenges of your new life,

with a healed and scar tissue strengthened ‘soul’, that offers an entirely new perspective on yourself and the ones around you.

An hypothesis is that Jesus was comatose when no dead when he was taken off the cross. In the gospels, when the Roman soldiers picks its flank with a spear, blood comes. A corpse does not bleed.

Another hypothesis is that he did not die on the cross.

Many reasons are given, among them the fact, usually, that romans of this time did not use death by cross.

A French dominican priest has written a book to promote this idea.

Other exemple of questioning :



Resurrection stories were a bit of a common banality at that time, most especially in the Middle East.

IMHO, the “stolen body” idea is an attempt to get around this fact where Jesus is, particularly, concerned in order to maintain his specialness.

The evidence for his resurrection is that there was a lack of evidence inside the tomb, though, so the discussion is a bit irrational from the start, I believe.

As I understand it, the Jewish custom of that time was a dead person should be buried ASAP. Thus if was Jesus was dead, the devotees might have stolen and buried him.

There is a story that a wealthy person donated a plot on his family’s graveyard to the “good cause”.