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The Son Rises: Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Paperback – September 29, 2000
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At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, I first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded my life to Christ. I pursued undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). From 1980-86 I taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time we started our family. In 1987 we moved to Brussels, Belgium, where I pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming my position at Talbot in 1994.
I have authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including Philosophia Christi, The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science.
My CV can be read here: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/PageServer?pagename=curriculum_vitae
Publication list: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/PageServer?pagename=publications_main
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Craig begins with an introduction to the issues and a refutation of some popular counter theories, such as the apparent-death theory and the wrong-tomb theory. It seems odd placement given that he has not stated his case-in-chief, but Craig discusses them in terms of historical approaches to the resurrection. On one hand it adds some interesting historical context, but it still seems a little out of place.
The meat of the book is in the next two chapters, on the Empty Tomb and the Appearances of Jesus. Craig offers ten points supporting the historical fact of the empty tomb, beginning with "The historical reliability of the account of Jesus' burial supports the empty tomb" to "The fact that Jesus' tomb was not venerated as a shrine indicates that the tomb was empty." Most of the arguments are persuasively presented, though I wish all apologists would leave the Shroud aside. But in the end, Craig adequately explains the reasons that most scholars, from diverse backgrounds, accept the empty tomb as historical fact.Read more ›
A few critical notes. First, it is perhaps too brief on some points, especially on those which make a positive case for the resurrection as a strong historical hypothesis on its own. Second, the book doesn't include a topical or scriptural index. With a book this short, one can get over the absence of the topical index. But a book where the subject is the exposition of New Testament texts on the resurrection, the absence of a scriptural index is a very unfortunate omission. Finally, my third critical note isn't geared toward the book's content, but rather its appearance. The copy I received has a poor print job. On several pages it looks like the ink from the printing machine ran dry, giving the text a faded, erased-like appearance. I'm not sure if this is a mass-produced foible of the book in general, exclusive to my copy in particular, or typical of Wipf and Stock Publishers, but I was bummed.
Despite the aforementioned defects, this would be an excellent book to start with in studying the resurrection argument.
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1. Death and Resurrection--------------------p. 9
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Clear, well written, and accurate. This book can be read in a single sitting.Published 8 months ago by Dr. Steve Clark
A well presented straight forward look into the defense of Christianity from a historical perspective. I like that there is not fluff. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ginna Claire
This book shows that Jesus not only died but was raised from the dead, an essential part of the Gospel message. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Whitney Best
I have to say, this is probably the place to start (after the primary source documents of course, i.e. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book is a very convincing argument for the actual, literal, real bodily resurrection of Jesus. Both believers and doubters should read it and weigh the arguments carefully,... Read morePublished on July 29, 2009 by The Wolf
In this short book, William Lane Craig provides a brief but effective overview for the historical case for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read morePublished on October 3, 2007 by Kyle Deming
An abbreviation of Craig's longer, more scholarly work on the resurrection, this baby of a book methodically examines the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. Read morePublished on August 9, 2006 by John D. Lentz Jr.
This book is a methodical and logical treatment of the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read morePublished on October 4, 2005 by John