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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Polebridge Press; First Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598150200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598150209
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his own brilliant way Brandon Scott penetrates the biblical narrative of the resurrection and lays before us a series of startling new possibilities. The story of Jesus becomes richer than we could have imagined. This is a powerful and provocative book. --John Shelby Spong, Episcopal Bishop Emeritus of Newark, New Jersey

Here s a wonderful book! The scholarship is meticulous, but at the same time every page is readable and, often quite compelling. Scott starts with the Hebrew scriptures and traces four different models of resurrection into the letters of Paul and the Gospel writings. Scott has candor and yet a fine respect for the mystery of God. The book should be on every minister s reading list. The Trouble with Resurrection will stir your thinking, your imagination, and yes, wonder. --David Buttrick, Professor Emeritus, Vanderbilt

The only chance the so-called resurrection has of being thought of as anything but a fairy tale in the 21st century is for its current, distorted literalizations to be crucified and buried for good. With clear and engaging scholarship, Brandon Scott not only thoroughly details that process, but provides practical suggestions for reviving an important metaphor in ways that resonate with honesty, wisdom, and hope. The Trouble with Resurrection is a thoughtful and accessible resource for anyone trying to rescue the story of Jesus from pop Christianity. --Rev. David M. Felten, co-creator of the Living the Questions curriculum series

About the Author

Bernard Brandon Scott (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is the Darbeth Distinguished Professor of New Testament at the Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK. He is the author of several books, including Re-Imagine the World (2002), and editor of the Jesus Seminar Guides series.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tim on January 8, 2011
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Brandon Scott is a gifted scholar and presenter both, and his Trouble With Resurrection takes a unique approach to the question of whether or not the resurrection of Jesus was a literal, physical event. His understanding regarding the nuance of the Greek language makes the journey into discovering the real roots behind the resurrection accounts much easier to decipher. Scholarship of this sort has only been available to the "general public" for maybe the last 15 - 20 years and Scott's attempt to make his work readable to the general audience is admirable. I hope historical Jesus scholarship is here to stay!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on January 29, 2011
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Great depth of study with numerous alternative views on the resurrection and the emergence of Christianity as we know it. The chain of thought following Christ's death was apparently not as linear nor as clear as one might think.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wayland on July 10, 2011
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This work examines all the terms in both Greek and Jewish culture that have come into our present world as "the body spring out of the grave and flies to heaven." I have had to read it twice and might do it again, because most of the information and the opinions are new to me. The approach appeals to me because it moves out of the literal world into the metaphorical arena. The analysis is fascinating to me. The reason for four stars instead of five: this is the most poorly edited book I have seen since Adam was a pup. There are typos and mistakes almost any editor would catch. Did Poleridge Press just throw it on the press and have no one look at it?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Rev on April 3, 2012
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Bernard Brandon Scott analyzes the texts relating to the resurrection, in the letters of Paul, the Septuagint, Q, and non-canonical gospels. His insights are striking; his arguments persuasive. If you are interested, as I am, in trying to deepen your understanding of the Biblical texts relating to the resurrection, this book is a must. While challenging, Scott's writing is lucid, logical, and only as difficult as it needs to be (given that it is analyzing Koine Greek texts, and trying to convey nuances of meaning). The reader does need to have some familiarity with modern New Testament scholarship. I would recommend reading this either as a book, (best), or through the Cloud Reader. It's not very well suited to the Kindle e-book. (at least Gen. 1 or Gen 2 (which is what I have.) The Trouble with Resurrection
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The information is excellent and Bernard Scott is to be commended for presenting a realistic understanding of how we have come to view ressirection as something it was never meant to be. I was disappointed in the format as it was viewed on my Kindle. Information that was included in boxes in the print version just appeared as regular text on the Kindle version. This made it difficult to understand what was presentation as opposed to explanation. I hope the formatting problems will be overcome as Kindle use becomes more common.
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