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The emtpy tomb is attested to in all four canonical gospels Mark 16, Matthew 28, Luke 24, John 20 , by Paul who implies it in an early creed 1 Cor. There are additional arguments that favour the empty tomb such as its location, and women discoverers. Historians have acknowledged the earliness of the resurrection belief. It is the key focus in the Apostle Paul creed in 1 Corinthians This creed implies the fact of the empty tomb, which in turn implies that the earliest Christian belief was that Christ was raised from the dead. Habermas explains that,. As such, belief in the resurrection was not only part of the early teachings of the teaching but constitutes some of the earliest historical evidence for Christ.

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The resurrection cannot therefore be explained away as a later myth. But then something quite extraordinary happened to Saul while he was traveling to Damascus in search of more Christians to persecute. Why do you persecute me? My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.

We know some of these believers by name; one of them, the apostle Paul, claims quite plainly to have seen Jesus alive after his death. What the reality was that gave rise to the experiences I do not know.

According to the earliest biography of Christ, many Christ had encountered in his ministry had rejected him, including his family and his brother James Mark However, at a later point after Christ was said to have appeared to James, James, like Paul, is discovered leading the early church, and was eventually martyred for his belief in Christ. Later writers such as the church father Origen consulted the works of Josephus around AD, and also includes an account of the death of James.

The case is strong that they did not willfully lie about the appearances of the risen Jesus. Contemporary scholarship unanimously rejects the notion that Christ was a copy of pagan gods, a hypothesis that has gained some popularity although proposed primarily by obscure, fringe non-academic skeptics. Scholar Tryggve N.

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Jonathan Z. Bird likely represents the annoyance of most historians when it comes to the Jesus mythicists,. The major difference that mainstream historians have to the mythicists is that contrary to their claims there really is sufficient historical evidence for Christ from which one can understand who he was, and insufficient historical evidence for the parallels that mythicists go to fantastical lengths to establish between Christ and pagan deities.

Dumbest comment I have ever read in my life. Not even mentioning the fact that your statement is false. See my response to thunderhawkbolt below. We need to be consistent, after all. What about Philo of Alexandria? Why had he not heard of a jesus?

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Someone as threatening to Roman rule as he certainly would have been…. Consider all the people you know of or have heard about but have never written about at length or otherwise. The only one of these that we truly know is number 23 and even that one is a little off. Yeah, only that one is true when the majority of New Testament scholars, including atheist, agnostic, and religious individuals whom are hostile to Christianity, agree to quite a few of these.

Pingback: 11 silly things some atheists say. Historical Jesus studies. What an excellent Christian resource this blog has turned into, would you mind others reposting your hard work with proper credit attached? Following this blog nonetheless. I applaud your expansive study that you made to prepare the point piece about the historical Jesus. Rather than address all 23 points, rather, I am mystified by your last point 23 — that you are equating atheism and atheists to those who deny that Jesus ever existed.

My understanding is that an atheist believes there is no god, whatsoever. You quote Bart Ehrman who is chastising someone for suggesting that the historical Jesus never existed. In fact, I believe that Jesus is as much a son of god as I am. That you are, Mr. Reblogged this on Cyber Penance.

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So it would seem that one of those two arguments is uncertain. Either he was buried and never found, or he was never buried and thus his proposed tomb was empty. This is multiply attested in the Gospels — and in the gospel of Thomas Saying.

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  • My personal opinion is that the denial of the historical existence of Jesus is not based in sound reasoning but rather in an anti-religious bias. The idea of circular or spiral interpretation also seems to jive with the epistemological project championed by Reformed theologians and philosophers like Cornelius Van Til and John Frame, whom I would never regard as postmodern. So we should completely throw out modern literary analysis and the function of the rewritten Bible, intertextuality, mimesis, simply because if two versions exist yet hold different functions in different narratives, we should consider those historical.

    How incredibly outmoded and apologetic….

    Historical Jesus: What Can We Know and How Can We Know It?

    Good review. Got me interested in the book. I do wonder what they mean by postmodern approach to history and what is postmodern about it. I wonder if there is in fact a better technical term for the particular method being advocated rather than postmodern?

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    Bryan : There has to be a better term for it. I know his published dissertation with Baylor University Press is on a similar topic so I wonder if he unpacks the whole postmodern thing in that book. Like you, I would have suspected the worst if I saw his name attached to Allison. Louis, MO.

    What can we know about the historical Jesus from the gospels?

    On the latter, it seems like most of the comments about his book believe that he maintains these. However, if what the reviews say is true, there is a serious problem in what this book purports. For instance, it is reported to doubt the ascension story on some pretty shaky grounds. It implies that the gospel writers made up or confused reality with what they perceived to be right based upon their view of history — this is very dangerous ground to walk upon indeed.

    The claim is that one does not have presuppositions of their own when approaching the text. Many have aptly pointed out the fallacies and problems created in such work so I will spare everyone. I say all of that to point out that while I whole heartedly support academic freedom, I also understand that the Christian academy also has a responsibility to produce defenders of the faith. Now, I have not read the book so I cannot rightly say whether or not this firing was legitimate or if the critiques that I have read are accurate. I just want to say that I understand both sides of this academic freedom vs.

    I do not believe in an anything goes Christian academy. I also do not believe in restricting academic freedom so that all that takes place is indoctrination. There is a fine line that must be walked here. Yes—Save my other items for later. No—I want to keep shopping.