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Ludemann offers fresh translations of the mist important early Christian texts concerning Jesus' alleged resurrection and assesses their historical value. Beginning with Paul's testimony in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, in which the apostle declares that Jesus "has been raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures," and then turning to the texts of the Gospels and of other noncanonical early Christian texts, Ludemann systematically evaluates every reference to Jesus' resurrection in the New Testament, as well as in apocryphal literature. In each case he examines the purpose of the authors of these texts, reconstructs the tradition they reworked, and assesses the historical value of each account.
Since the historical evidence leads to the firm conclusion that Jesus' body was not raised from the dead, Ludemann argues that the origin of the Easter story must be sought in the visionary experiences of Christianity's two leading apostles. From a modern perspective, this leads to the inescapable conclusion that both primary witnesses to Jesus' claimed resurrection, Peter and Paul, were victims of self-deception. In conclusion, he asks whether in light of the nonhistoricity of Jesus' resurrection, thinking people today can in good conscience still call themselves Christians.
If I had to choose one word to describe Ludemann's book, I would have to select "disappointing." Is it too much to ask for objectivity? Read morePublished on October 19, 2008 by Jeff Henry
Two years ago I left the Christian faith after ten years of extremely zealous study and service. My reason for leaving was my inability to reconcile the cosmological facts I... Read morePublished on November 25, 2007 by Dragongunner3011
The Resurrection of Christ: A Historical Inquiry. By Gerd Ludemann. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Book, 2004. 245 pages. Hardcover; $27.00. ISBN: 1591022452. Read morePublished on October 11, 2007 by Paul McMillian
Ludemann does his usual masterful dissection of the Gospels et al to show the resurrection for what it is/was--a powerful visionary experience. Read morePublished on May 31, 2007 by Sean Holderread
The conclusions Gerd Lüdemann reaches in his book should lay to rest any questions regarding the historical event of the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, however his... Read morePublished on September 29, 2006 by K. Osteroos
Gerd Lüdemann begins his historical inquiry into the question of the resurrection of Jesus Christ by writing in chapter 1: "... Read morePublished on September 26, 2006 by Justin McMurdie
In his book The Resurrection of Christ: A Historical Inquiry, Gerd Ludemann examines the question of the resurrection by employing historical-critical methods. Read morePublished on September 20, 2006 by Michael Sewell
Gerd Ludemann writes, "historical research shows with definite clarity that Jesus was not raised from the dead...we must acknowledge...a worldwide historical hoax", (190). Read morePublished on September 18, 2006 by Patrick