I spent several hours this past weekend reading about the Easter stories. I use the word “stories” because there are more than one of them in the Bible.
Apologists tell us all the various stories of Easter in the Bible are true. The various versions all happened, the various writers just included different events. There is a problem with that, however. The Bible never says all those events happened. I hasten to add that while there is not evidence other than from Bible propaganda the death and resurrection happened, it cannot be “proven” they did not happen. Certainly many believe they happened.
It would be most helpful if there was an author who wrote, “I saw the risen Jesus.” The writer thought to have lived closest to the time of what is called the historic Jesus, Paul, did not report having talked to anyone who saw a “risen Jesus.” Paul only saw a “Jesus” in a dream or heard about it from unknown sources.
From what scholars know of the practice at that time, bodies of assassinated common political criminals were not given to friends or relatives. They, instead, were left on display to detour others and were picked clean by birds.
In one Biblical account, the body is given to “Joseph of Arimathea” and the tomb tale unfolds. This character was never mentioned before or after in the Bible, leading many to conclude he was introduced solely to make up a story about a “tomb”.