First, thank you for joining the conversation!
Second, an important assumption is that Jesus was, in fact, buried in a tomb. And, of course, there are numerous doubters. The NT accounts raise doubts in the minds’ of some writers that, there was, in fact, an actual tomb. Why, it must be asked?
- The description of the tomb evolves: no description in Paul, enhancement in the Synoptcs, and John’s burial in a garden.
- Is it practical to assume that Joseph of Arimathea, with his rank, position, and wealth would own a personal tomb near a cemetery?
- Why cannot archaeologist, anthropologists, theologians, etc even agree on what type of tomb Jesus was buried in? [e.g. Raymond Brown. The Death of the Messiah. 1994, 2:2148-49]
- The dubious historical accuracy of the stone used to close Joseph’s tomb [Amos Kloner. “Did a Rolling Stone Close Jesus’ Tomb?” Biblical Archaeology Review. 25(5) 23-29, 76, 1999.]
- Similarity [Biblical parallel mania, plagiarism] to Daniel 6:17.
- Who buried Jesus? When was Jesus buried? The time line issue…
- The manner in which Jesus’s body was prepared.
- The presence of 100 pounds of spices - myrrh and aloes [only in John 19:39].
Collectively, these issues, and others, raise doubt that Jesus was buried in a tomb. Rather, the burial account was written change a state of humiliation into a state of honor and respect (i.e. of Jesus).