One of the odd things (among many) about the Christians is that they never look at anything in Biblical scholastic efforts other than the Bible. Of course, calling the Bible scholarship of the Biblical period is at least highly questionable. Christians never read any other books, archeological records, documents of the Biblical period of interest.
And the interesting thing is that when you check with other documents, historical records, archeological proof, etc, you almost never find anything that backs up the Bible fairy tales. You can’t find evidence of a flood as Noah experienced, the escape from Egypt by the Israelites, Passover, Genesis, the Garden of Eden, Daniel and Lion’s den, Joshua taking the land of Canaan, etc.
Among the lack of proof is the tale of zombies in the New Testament. Just check out Matthew 27:51-53, describing the moment when Christ died on the cross. “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.”
Dead people walking around? That’s zombies. Zombies are usually reserved for the primitive religions and voodoo of Haiti and other Caribbean islands. While fiction, in practice you can get similar cases of voodoo through the use of drugs.
These drugs can be injected or administered through an open wound. One of the powders is a dissociative drug datura. The other is tetrodotoxin, a poison of the tropical pufferfish, found around Haiti and indeed around the world.
In any cases, living dead, as described in horror movies and in Matthew, like to eat living people, and particularly enjoy their brains. As a result of desired avoidance and aversion, this should make these zombies particularly subject to documentation in other Biblical gospels and in various Roman documents of the time.
The key here is that as described in Matthew, these zombies “appeared to many people.” The irony of all this is that nowhere in all of other Hebrew or Roman literature and documentation of the time is there any record of this.
While civilizations did not have “extra” editions of breaking news in the New York Times of that period of history, they still kept documentation of important happenings and events. But scholars and historians can’t find this tale anywhere else.
You can’t even find this zombie reference in other gospels. It does not appear in Mark, Luke or John, just as many things that are in one or perhaps two gospels are not in the other gospels.
The irony is that based on common sense, medicine and current scientific knowledge, zombies and the like as described in Matthew are complete fiction. But remember, this Bible as described by so many is the absolutely truthful and inerrant Word of God. No mistakes here – according to believers.
I dunno. It makes skeptics like me wonder a little. Actually, for me, this whole thing is a completely laughable matter. Either no one saw these zombies and reported them, or these zombies never occurred and Matthew is wrong, or the Bible is not true. Take your pick.