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The person may have been '[Orthodox][1]' but their doctrine was not [orthodox][2] as it denies the clear sense of:

36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” - [Luke 24:36-39 ESV][3] (emphasis added)

In order to harmonise the sense of John 20:17 with John 20:24, Luke 24:39 it is commonly theorised that there were (at least) two ascensions - one immediately subsequent to Mary's encounter and another 40 days later detailed in Luke 24:51 & Acts 1:9. [1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Orthodox_Church [2]: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/orthodox [3]: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke%2024%3A36-39&version=ESV

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