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Did the stone in front of the tomb roll away or as in Greek terms it was Sizmos or fly away, from the front of the tomb?

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Hi, welcome. I don't know if this question is really related to Christianity. There is a better site for questions related to Greek and Hebrew. Visit this site - – Mawia Oct 25 '13 at 11:53
Thank you for asking this. My first reaction was that I did not remember that it was explicitly mentioned who moved it. And I turned to Matthew last (having prepared a "we don't know" answer). So, I have learnt something today. – Wikis Oct 25 '13 at 11:56
Just curious, Why would it matter if the stone rolled or flew? – Rick Oct 25 '13 at 12:51
@Rick That is why I suggested Hermeneutics.SE. – Mawia Oct 25 '13 at 12:55

An Angel moved it. Matthew 28:2 states:

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.

Footnote: the other Gospels (Mark, Luke and John) only mention that the stone was moved, but not by whom.

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Matthew 28:2 uses the word απεκυλισεν (apekulisen, rolls away).
Mark 16:4 uses the word αποκεκυλισται (apokekulistai, has been rolled away).
Luke 24:2 uses the word αποκεκυλισμενον (apokekulismenon, having been rolled away).
John 20:1 uses the word ηρμενον (ermenon, having been lifted/taken away).

No mention of flying, and the word "lifted" only indicates that the stone was taken from one place and put in another.

Reference: Greek Interlinear Bible

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