Gospel of Nicodemus: The Descent of Christ into Hell (ANF text)It was edited and translated into English by A. Manchester: University of Manchester, Only Mingana has published research on this composition. He suggested that the original text could have been written in the Roman period, perhaps after the ravaging of Palestine by Vespasian or Hadrian, because of the mention of emigration from Palestine. The provenance, according to him, is probably Egyptian or Palestinian. In favor of an early date is the internal evidence.
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This banner text can have markup. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Full text of " The Gospel Of Nicodemus. Although this Gospel is, by some among the learned, supposed to have been really writ- ten by Nicodemus, who became a disciple of Jesus Christ, and conversed with him; others conjecture that it was a forgery towards the close of the third century by some jealous believer, who, observing that there had been appeals made by the Christians of the former age, to the acts of Pilate, but that such acts could not be produced, imagined it would be of service to Christianity to fabricate and publish this Gospel; as it would both confirm the Christians under persecution, and convince the Heathens of the truth of the Christian religion. The Rev. Jeremiah Jones says, that such pious frauds were very com- mon among Christians even in the first three centuries; and that a forgery of this nature, with the view above-mentioned, seems natural and probable.
Joseph says: And why do you wonder that Jesus has risen? But it is wonderful that He has not risen alone, but that He has also raised many others of the dead who have appeared in Jerusalem to many. And if you do not know the others, Symeon at least, who received Jesus, and his two sons whom He has raised up-them at least you know. For we buried them not long ago; but now their tombs are seen open and empty, and they are alive, and dwelling in Arimathaea. They therefore sent men, and they found their tombs open and empty.