16.6 Chief Priests and Elders Bribed the Tomb Guards To Lie

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16.6 However, some of the guards went into the city and told the chief priests what had happened. They met together with the elders, who paid the guards a large bribe, telling them to say, “His disciples came at night and stole him while we slept.” They added, “Should the governor hear, we will take responsibility and protect you.” Taking the money, the guards did as instructed.

That story had been widely spread among the religious populace in those days.