Jesus’ Resurrection Appearances

At Biblical Foundations Andreas Kostenberger posts a helpful piece on the resurrection appearances of Jesus:

As the angels told the women at the empty tomb, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee?” (Luke 24:5–6). The four New Testament Gospels record at least eleven resurrection appearances to Jesus to hundreds of individuals over a period of several weeks. None of the Gospels have all the appearances, which requires that we reconstruct the probable sequence of these appearances. The following chart will appear in my forthcoming New Testament Introduction due out with B & H sometime in the not too distant future.

Jesus’ Resurrection Appearances

Recipients/Location Date/Time Matt, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, 1 Cor.
Number of appearances 2, 1, 5, 5, 1, 4

First Sunday
1. Empty tomb Early morning 28:1–10 16:1–8 24:1–12 20:1–9
2. Mary Magdalene/Tomb Early morning 20:11–18
3. Peter/Jerusalem Late morning? 24:34 15:5
4. 2 Disciples/Emmaus Road Midday/Afternoon 24:13–32
5. 10 Disciples/Upper Room Evening 24:36–43 20:19–25
Second Sunday (One Week Later)
6. Eleven/Upper Room Evening 20:26–29 15:5
Subsequently (Prior to Pentecost)
7. 7 Disciples/Sea of Galilee Daybreak 21:1–23
8. Eleven/Mountain in Galilee Sometime later 28:16–20
9. More than 500 Sometime later 15:6
10. James Sometime later 15:7
11. Disciples/Mount of Olives 40 days later 24:44–49 1:3–8

© Andreas J. Köstenberger, 3/20/08

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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