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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it or hate it, a must-have book on the resurrection, October 1, 2000
This review is from: Resurrection of Jesus: History, Experience, Theology (Paperback)
Written in 1994 while Professor Leudemann was still a Christian, this book caused such a storm of protest in Germany that the original publisher declined to publish a second impression. But the same honesty which made the book so controversial is also what makes it so valuable. Leudemann decided to write this book because he was dissatisfied with so much of what he read, and therefore the book is a comprehensive treatment of the resurrection. He systematically surveys all of the passages in the New Testament which pertain to the Resurrection, beginning with 1 Corinthians 15 and ending with the last chapter of John. In each instance, Leudemann writes like a sober historian, carefully considering each passage from a redactional, traditional, and critical historical perspective. Leudemann argues that the tomb stories are late--Jesus may have received a dishonorable burial--and likewise the appearance stories are largely legendary. But *something* did happen. Leudemann skillfully extracts as much information as possible about that something from Paul's often cryptic statements, in order to formulate his own hypothesis as to how Christianity began. Whether one one agrees, disagrees, or suspends judgment about Leudemann's hypothesis, all serious students of the Resurrection narratives will want to be familiar with this important book. My only complaint about the book is the lack of a bibliography and detailed indices (e.g., NT verses, subject, author).
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Initial post: May 29, 2007 11:16:31 AM PDT
John Hunter says:
I have been reviewing all of this reviewer's reviews. He consistently rates pro resurrection books lower than contra resurrection books. I think that his problem is with the substance, not with the format. He just cannot believe that the resurrection happened, but he cannot keep himself from reading books that discuss the topic. Does he want to believe, but just cannot, or does he want to discredit the pro resurrrection books, while appearing to really want to know the answer? He is clearly strongly motivated, but I am not sure what that motivation is.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2011 2:32:34 AM PST
Perhaps he uses his critical thinking skills? I am not sure if you can understand this but one can have a interest in something without believing the metaphysics. One can be interested in how a movement rose without resorting to super-naturalism.
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