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What is the Case for the Resurrection?

To begin, we must be entirely clear on what the case for the resurrection is not. No one is arguing that some historically reliable documents report a resurrection, and that we should therefore believe that a resurrection occurred. Rather, the historical method is used to establish certain facts, and a miracle is inferred as the best explanation of those facts.

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The Fact of the Resurrection and the Faith of Historians

Ehrman, Crossley and the Resurrection

Recently I’ve been reading some material on the resurrection of Jesus by two biblical scholars, James Crossley and Bart Ehrman.[i] Both are sceptics and make many similar points in their attempts to argue that there are no good grounds for belief in the resurrection.

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The Resurrection: What Paul Saw

The testimony of the apostle Paul for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is often overlooked or misinterpreted. Some allege that Acts and Paul’s letters suggest that Paul had a vision or hallucination on the road to Damascus. Others argue that Paul did not believe that Jesus physically rose from the dead; rather, Paul believed that Jesus survived in spiritual form.

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Q: Why should I believe Jesus rose from the dead?

Q: So, why do you think I should believe that Jesus rose from the dead? Are you saying I should take the Gospel’s word for it?

A: No, it’s not that simple. Let’s take some widely acknowledged facts ( a wee bit different from a list we’ve used elsewhere):

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Matthew’s Dead Saints Rising

Matthew’s gospel describes some strange goings-on at the time of the crucifixion which are not attested in any other source. This includes the most unusual miracle in the New Testament :certain holy men emerge from their tombs and appear to people in Jerusalem. Matthew does not describe this event in any detail nor does he explain its significance.

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