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And the graves were opened, and many bodies of the 52 saints who slept arose; and coming out of the 53 graves, after his resurrection, they went into the holy city, and appeared to many.

And when the centurion, and they that with him 54 were watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, they were exceedingly afraid, saying: Truly this was the Son of God.

And many women were there beholding afar off, 55 they who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him; among whom was Mary the Magdalene, 56 and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

And evening having come, there came a rich man 57 from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate, 58 and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded that the body should be given up. And 59 taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he 60 had hewn out in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed. And 61 Mary the Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

And on the morrow, which is after the prepara- 62 tion, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together to Pilate, saying: Sir, we remember that 63 that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise. Command, therefore, that 64

the sepulchre be made secure until the third day; lest his disciples come by night and steal him away,

and say to the people, He is risen from the dead; 65 and the last error will be worse than the first. Pilate said to them: Ye have a watch; go your way, 66 make secure, as ye know how. So they went, and made the sepulchre secure, sealing the stone, together with the watch.


XXVIII. AND late in the sabbath, as it was dawning into the first day of the week, came Mary the Magdalene and the other Mary to view the 2 sepulchre. And behold, there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from 3 the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was 4 like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And

for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as 5 dead men. And the angel answered and said to the women: Fear not ye; for I know that ye are seek6 ing Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where 7 the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead. And behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him. Behold, I have told you.

8 And going out quickly from the sepulchre, with

fear and great joy, they ran to bring his disciples 9 word. And behold, Jesus met them, saying: All

hail! And they came and held him by the feet, and worshiped him. Then said Jesus to them: Be not 10 afraid; go tell my brethren that they go away into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

And as they were going, behold, some of the 11 watch came into the city, and reported to the chief priests all the things that were done. And having 12 assembled with the elders, and taken counsel, they gave much money to the soldiers, saying: Say, 13 that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this shall be heard before 14 the governor, we will persuade him, and make you secure. So they took the money, and did as they 15 were taught. And this saying was reported abroad among the Jews, until this day.

And the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, 16 into the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshiped him; but 17 some doubted.

And Jesus came and spake to them, saying: All 18 power is given to me in heaven and on earth. Go 19 therefore, and disciple all the nations, immersing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe 20 all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you alway, unto the end of the world.

V. 14. In the oldest copies: shall be heard by the governor





THE beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, 1 Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: 2 Behold, I send forth my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way. The voice of one cry- 3 ing in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. John came immersing in 4 the wilderness, and preaching the immersion of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went 5 out to him all the country of Judea, and all they of Jerusalem; and were immersed by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

And John was clothed with camel's hair, and 6 with a leathern girdle about his loins, and did eat locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying: 7 There comes after me he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to

V. 4. In some ancient copies : There came John the immerser in the wilderness, preaching

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