Who Moved the Stone? Summary & Study Guide

Albert Henry Ross
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"Who Moved the Stone" by Frank Morison is an ultimate example of an individual's dedication to delving in to a subject and discovering its truth, or as much of its truth as possible. Morison not only provided the information he uncovered he explained throughout the work the meticulous process he undertook in his research. He also explained his logic and reasoning for the conclusions he formulated. Of course, the subject matter in this case is quite a complex one and made more complicated by the years that have passed since the actual events occurred. The subtitle of Morison's book is "A Skeptic Looks at the Death and Resurrection of Christ," which indicates that Morison had a personal impetus in writing this book. He was apparently personally intrigued by the mysteries surrounding the events of the four days between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday and compelled to try to determine exactly what took place.

Morison takes a long look into why there was a three-hour lapse between the time Judas slipped away and the time he returned, leading a troop of Jewish guards to Jesus. Morison readily admits that with the passage of some 2,000 years that there was only a limited number of resources which he could use in his research. Of course, he relied heavily upon the Four Gospels as well as the Gospel of Peter and a religious relic from antiquity called the Emmaus document and some other literary fragments that had survived the ages. From these sources, he speculated that Caiaphas and the other priests were not prepared for the arrest. They wanted to take advantage of the situation and scrambled to make some important decisions. Caiaphas rushed to Pilate to make sure he would be prepared to take the case of Jesus the next morning. Pilate was not eager to take on the punishment phase of the trial but was forced into a corner by the high priests.

After the arrest of Jesus, some of the disciples fled fearing they would be arrested while Peter and John apparently slipped into town behind the guards and their prisoner. Jesus was interrogated by the Sandrehen Council in the middle of the night and was treated unfairly by the questioners, the chief among them being Caiaphas. Morison concluded that Jesus was convicted by the Council by virtue of his own words.

The next morning, Jesus was taken to the Roman Court where the typically harsh and merciless Pilate seemed to have had a change of disposition. Morison speculated that Pilate's wife, Claudia, was sympathetic to Jesus and had a dream about him that made her fearful for her husband to be involved in his crucifixion. She apparently influenced him which made him tentative and resistant in taking the case. He tried to pass it off to Herod and attempted to exchange Jesus' fate with that of a serial murderer named Barabbas but to no avail. The case was his and he was tied to Jesus' destiny for all time.

After Jesus was sentenced to death and crucified, he was buried in a tomb arranged by Joseph of Arimathea. The story of Jesus seemed to be over however when Mary Magdalene and other women in Jesus' close circle came to pay a final homage to him at his tomb on Sunday, they discovered that the tomb was empty. The large stone had been moved from the front of the cave that was serving as his tomb. They saw a man inside the tomb who was holding what appeared to be Jesus' burial garments.

Morison, as said before, connects a lot of dots and speculates about what happened and why. He provides some scenarios as to who that man was and how that large stone was moved. However, the events of those four days will be open to speculation forever and will largely remain a mystery since there is no definitive way to prove what really happened.

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