Did the women report the resurrection or not?

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In Matthew 28:8 the women allegedly reported the resurrection to the men:

“So the women left the tomb quickly. They were afraid, but they were also very happy. They ran to tell his followers what happened.”

In Mark 16:8 we read: “The women were very afraid and confused. They left the tomb and ran away. They did not tell about what happened, because they were afraid.”

We seem to read in Mark that the women did not report the resurrection to the men.

The apparent contradiction is resolved because Mark is not finished. Verse 8 is the very last one, according to the best manuscripts. In fact, Bible Gateway notes:

Mark 16:8 – Some of the oldest Greek copies end the book here. A few later copies have this shorter ending: “But they soon gave all the instructions to Peter and those with him. After that Jesus himself sent them out from east to west with the holy message that will never change—that people can be saved forever.”

In essence we can title this as “insufficient information in Mark.” However, if some prefer to believe that Mark ends at 16:8 then the time factor resolves the alleged contradiction. It is not difficult to imagine that sometime after the women’s initial fear, they reported the resurrection to the men. Could this fear be a five minute interval where the women discussed among themselves, could it have been an hour long fear before they mustered up the confidence to tell the men? Both verses can be true at different times in the Easter narrative.

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