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Mark 16:9 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

9. Appeared first to Mary Magdalene A close comparison of John and Luke will perhaps show that our Lord could hardly have been seen first of all by Mary Magdalene. For as these women hasted from the sepulchre, Luke informs us that they were met by the risen Saviour before they arrived at the residence of the disciples. But before Mary saw the Saviour, she had gone to the residence of Peter and John, followed them to the tomb, was left there by them, and conversed with the angels before she saw the Lord. A comparison of the time of Jesus being seen by the women and by Mary Magdalene will show a strong improbability that the last occurred first. But perhaps the word first here is to be taken not absolutely, but relatively, as the following considerations may show.

In the entire remainder of the chapter Mark gives three appearances of our Saviour, which illustrate the matter of the unbelief which his resurrection had to overcome in the minds of the apostles. First of all, to Mary Magdalene, whose narrative was discredited; “after that” to the two from Emmaus, whose account was also disbelieved; and “afterward” (or rather finally, υστερον , Mar 16:14) to the whole eleven, whom he “upbraided with their unbelief.”

The word first then in this verse by no means implies that the Lord’s absolutely first appearance at all was to Mary Magdalene; but the first of this class of three cases. No more does the υστερον , or finally, of Mar 16:14 imply that it narrates our Lord’s last appearance on earth. Both terms may indicate the first and last of the three instances. Our Lord, therefore, may really have appeared to the company of women earlier than to Mary Magdalene. See note on Mat 28:7.

But the counter view of Milman seems to me perfectly satisfactory. Peter and John alone of the apostles had followed Jesus to the cross, and were probably staying not far from the sepulchre. So near were they that they ran the distance in a race. The other disciples had fled, had scattered, were very likely to be at Bethany, (the place of Christ’s seclusion during the nights of Passion Week,) and the appearance of Jesus to these women may have been on Mount Olivet, or somewhere else, long after the interview with Mary of Magdala first.

Consult other comments:

Mark 16:9 - The Greek Testament

Mark 16:9 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Mark 16:9 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Mark 16:9 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Mark 16:9 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Mark 16:9 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Mark 16:9 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mark 16:9 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 16:9 - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

Mark 16:9 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 16:9 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Mark 16:9 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Mark 16:9 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Mark 16:9 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Mark 16:9 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Mark 16:9 - Geneva Bible Notes

Mark 16:9 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark 16:9 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Mark 16:9 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Mark 16:9 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 16:9 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Mark 16:9 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 16:9 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Mark 16:9 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Mark 16:9 - The Gospel According to St. Mark: A Devotional Commentary

Mark 16:9 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Mark 16:9 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Mark 16:9 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

Mark 16:9 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Mark 16:9 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Mark 16:9 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Mark 16:9 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Mark 16:9 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Mark 16:9 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Mark 16:9 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Mark 16:9 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Mark 16:9 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Mark 16:9 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Mark 16:9 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 16:9 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Mark 16:9 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 16:9 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 16:9 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Mark 16:9 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Mark 16:9 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments