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This bargain mass market book is like a cross between Strobel's own Gold Medallion winner The Case for Christ and Josh McDowell's classic evangelical apologetic work Evidence That Demands a Verdict. Strobel, a former journalist for the Chicago Tribune, affirms that Christ really did die on the cross, and not just faint from exhaustion; that he experienced a bodily, and not just a spiritual, resurrection; and that he was seen alive after his death. In journalistic style, he interviews several experts (including Gary Habermas, whose book on the same topic is reviewed above), corrects inaccuracies (the nails would have been driven through Jesus' wrists, we learn, and not his palms) and tells stories. But at its heart, this is an editorial rather than a journalistic account, as Strobel most definitely has an opinion and wants readers to share his own pilgrimage from doubt to rock-solid faith. Not all readers will be convinced, but this well-written, fast-paced book will give them plenty to think about.
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Did Jesus of Nazareth really rise from the dead?

Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity.

But a dead man coming back to life? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Conflicting accounts make the empty tomb seem suspect. And post-crucifixion sightings of Jesus have been explained in psychological terms.

How credible is the evidence for—and against—the resurrection? Focusing his award-winning skills as a legal journalist on history’s most compelling enigma, Lee Strobel retraces the startling findings that led him from atheism to belief. Drawing on expert testimony first shared in his blockbuster book The Case for Christ, Strobel examines:

The Medical Evidence—Was Jesus’ death a sham and his resurrection a hoax? The Evidence of the Missing Body—Was Jesus’ body really absent from his tomb? The Evidence of Appearances—Was Jesus seen alive after his death on the cross?

Written in a hard-hitting journalistic style, The Case for Easter probes the core issues of the resurrection. Jesus Christ, risen from the dead: superstitious myth or life-changing reality? The evidence is in. The verdict is up to you.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Ppk edition (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780310254737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310254737
  • ASIN: 0310254736
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lee Strobel (www.LeeStrobel.com), with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, was the award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and a spiritual skeptic until 1981. His books include four Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Christian Book of the Year (coauthored with Garry Poole). He and his wife live in Colorado.

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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful By OneThing on July 26, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I used to consider Christ's resurrection (i.e. Easter) to be something that required a whole lot of blind faith to believe. But after reading The Case For Easter, that perception changed completely.

Lee Strobel, a former atheist, presents a very compelling and strong case supporting the resurrection-a case so strong that it caused him to come to faith in Christ. Maintaining the same style he used in The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith, Strobel interviews several well-respected experts on the resurrection and challenges them with some of the most common and most difficult objections to the resurrection. The solid answers contained in this fast-paced, well-written book may surprise you.

Some of the questions that are answered in this book are:

- Did Jesus really die or did he just faint?

- Was Jesus' resurrection really just resuscitation?

- Were Jesus' hands and feet actually pierced by nails?

- Is there any possible way that Jesus could have survived the cross?

- Was Jesus really buried in the tomb?

- Were guards present at the tomb?

- Wouldn't it have been very easy for the disciples to have stolen the body?

- What about all the contradictions in the Gospels concerning the resurrection?

- Are the gospel accounts of Jesus' resurrection trustworthy?

- How can the resurrection account be trusted when no one actually saw Jesus as he came back to life?

- What evidence is there that people actually saw Jesus alive?

- How do we know that the disciples didn't just make up stories about seeing Jesus?

- Were Jesus' appearances to the disciples just hallucinations?
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I used to consider Christ's resurrection (i.e. Easter) to be something that required a whole lot of blind faith to believe. But after reading The Case For Easter, that perception changed completely.
Lee Strobel, a former atheist, presents a very compelling and strong case supporting the resurrection--a case so strong that it caused him to come to faith in Christ. Maintaining the same style he used in The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith, Strobel interviews several well-respected experts on the resurrection and challenges them with some of the most common and most difficult objections to the resurrection. The solid answers contained in this fast-paced, well-written book may surprise you.
Some of the questions that are answered in this book are:
- Did Jesus really die or did he just faint?
- Was Jesus' resurrection really just resuscitation?
- Were Jesus' hands and feet actually pierced by nails?
- Is there any possible way that Jesus could have survived the cross?
- Was Jesus really buried in the tomb?
- Were guards present at the tomb?
- Wouldn't it have been very easy for the disciples to have stolen the body?
- What about all the contradictions in the Gospels concerning the resurrection?
- Are the gospel accounts of Jesus' resurrection trustworthy?
- How can the resurrection account be trusted when no one actually saw Jesus as he came back to life?
- What evidence is there that people actually saw Jesus alive?
- How do we know that the disciples didn't just make up stories about seeing Jesus?
- Were Jesus' appearances to the disciples just hallucinations?
The Case for Easter includes well-supported answers to all of these questions and more. In addition to strengthening my own faith, this book has given me the tools to answer many of the questions asked by non-believers about the resurrection.
I would very strongly recommend that you read this book.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By The Actor on May 10, 2006
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I recommend this book with one warning - most of this book is taken from Lee Strobel's "The Case for Christ," with a few modifications. This is why I did not rate it 5 stars. I did not realize that this was the case when I bought it, and even then I didn't know until I happened to read the copyright notice. I think that the publisher and amazon.com should be more clear that that is what this is. As it stands it is not that clear that that is what this book is, which I thought was somewhat misleading on the publisher's part.

In any case though, I thought that the book was good. In spite of being rather short, Strobel put a lot of information into this little book. If you have already studied a lot of apologetics, you will probably find that you already know a lot of the information in this book, but you will probably find a lot of new information as well. Strobel addresses issues such as:

- Do different Gospel accounts give contradictory accounts? Although I would have liked to have seen a little more on this point, he raises some very good points that resolve many of the alleged contradictions between the gospel accounts. He also makes the interesting point that, if all the gospels told the exact same things in exactly the same way, that that would actually be evidence AGAINST them, not for them, because people would then suspect the authors of collusion!

- Did Jesus really die, or could He have survived the cross?

- Was Jesus really buried in a tomb? (Some allege that He was not, and that His body was later eaten by wild animals, thus explaining the absence of His body. Strobel shows that that isn't really plausable).

- Was Jesus really crucified in the manner that the Gospels claim He was?
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