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Matthew 27:51-53

These verses describe some of the events that, according to the New Testament, were to have happened at the time Jesus was crucified. In church, I was told that the temple curtain split in two but I wasn’t told about any of the other events that were supposed to have happened. I had assumed the event was the tearing of the curtain was all that happened. However, according to this passage, deceased saints rose from their graves and appeared to many people in the city. This seems more astonishing than a curtain splitting. It certainly seems worth mentioning.

The first time I heard of these events was when Christopher Hitchens mentioned them during a debate. I had to wonder why this part of the passage was left out of the my church’s teaching. Could it be that my religious teachers skipped over these events because even they thought it was too impossible to believe?

Matthew 27:51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53 After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many.
Harper Bibles (2011-11-22). NRSV Bible with the Apocrypha (Kindle Locations 67353-67355). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

My Questions:

Those who have attended church regularly (thesist or atheist): Did you learn about these events in church? If so, what was said about them?

Everyone: What are your thoughts about this passage?

Theists: Do you believe that that dead saints were resurrected and appeared to many? Why or why not?

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