• If all the evidence is weighed carefully and fairly, it is indeed justifiable, according to the canons of historical research, to conclude that the sepulcher of Joseph of Arimathea, in which Jesus was buried, was actually empty on the morning of the first Easter. And no shred of evidence has yet been discovered in literary sources, epigraphy, or archaeology that would disprove this statement.

    Paul L. Maier (1991). “In the Fullness of Time: A Historian Looks at Christmas, Easter, and the Early Church”, p.203, Kregel Publications