The angel’s admonition to go and tell the disciples that Jesus is risen puts the women who discovered the empty tomb in a precarious position, requiring them to have freedom and authority that their culture doesn’t permit them to have.
So, what would you advise them to do? Tell the disciples and risk everyone’s life? Act against everything their culture tells them about being a woman? Or play it safe and hold the information close so that it can’t be used against them?
According to Mark’s original ending, they chose to play it safe. “They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”
What kind of ending to a world-changing gospel is that?
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