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Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus (Studies in the Bible and Early Christianity)

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  • Series: Studies in the Bible and Early Christianity
  • Hardcover: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press (January 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889466165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889466166
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This book is not for laymen (which I am). In fact, it assumes you can read Greek. Craig enters into discussion in New Testament Criticism, with full awareness of the work of top scholars, to evaluate the evidence for the ressurection of Christ. His arguments are extremely logical and compelling.
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William L. Craig is probably the leading Christian apologist for the historicity of the resurrection. He has several popular treatments available, the most recent being The Son Rises. Although I have benefitted from these treatments, I wanted to see the more detailed and in-depth research behind these popularizations. So I forked over the money and bought it. Did it live up to my hopes and the price I paid? Yes. Worth every penny.

This book is, in essence, a passage-by-passage discussion of the historicity of the New Testament passages dealing with Jesus' resurrection. Craig has spent a great deal of time conducting research in Europe and it shows. At over 400 pages, Craig uses every bit of space to cram in informed discussion. He interacts with a tremendous amount of European and U.S. research, from all sides of the discussion. You would be hard pressed to find so much ground covered with so much familiarity.

After a brief preface, Craig spends about 150 pages dealing with the Pauline evidence for the resurrection. He makes a compelling case for the early origins of Paul's formulaic recitation of the 1 Cor. 15 tradition about the death, burial, resurrection and appearances of Jesus to various witnesses. There is also a convincing and thorough examination of the nature of Jesus' resurrection body in Paul's letters--a physical resurrected body. This discussion should be enough to drive a steak through the heart of the lingering skepticism that clings to the belief that Paul believed only in a "spiritual" resurrection (which is, a Craig shows, a contradiction in terms).

After wrapping up the Pauline evidence, Craig turns to the Gospels and continues his methodical, passage-by-passage discussion of the evidence.
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This is William Craig's most detailed book containing the evidence and thoughts centered around defending the resurrection of Jesus. He has successfully debated this material with other scholars. No other Christian apologist tends to be attacked more by non-believing scholars than William Craig. They constantly look for ways to defeat him in debates without much success.

I noticed that Amazon.com lists the publication date as 1989. Don't let the older copyright date fool you. The current edition being sold here at Amazon is the "revised edition" of 2002.
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I've just read this book by William Lane Craig, and I must say in all honesty that this academic work is far better than all the other literature on the resurrection that I've read.

It is an exhaustive, erudite, extremely rigurous and well-argued study of the New Testament materials relevant to the resurrection of Jesus. Craig's mastery of the scholarly literature is impressive and he represents the critics' views in a very charitable manner. The objections of the critics are formulated correctly and replied to with sound argumentation and historical evidence.

Specially helpful is his discussion of Paul's conception of the "resurrection body", which some scholars have interpreted as a "spiritual body" (meaning inmaterial), which is not the case. Craig shows that such interpretations don't make justice to Paul's branch of Judaism and to the proper exegesis of his words in his letters.

Having read some of Craig's works, I knew of his method of clear argumentation when dealing with difficult topics, which contrast with the tendency of some scholars who seem to enjoy verbal obfuscation and conceptual confusion. In this book, you only find conceptual clarity and rigour.

But this book was long beyond my expectations.

A must read, specially for open-minded agnostics and skeptics of the resurrection of Jesus.
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If you are even remotely serious about the resurrection of Jesus Christ this book is a must have! This is one of my favorite books I own. This is Craig's masterpiece. Although this is not for a lay person, as he frequently uses German, Greek, and some Hebrew. The German is mostly in the footnotes as sources he's used, but he does use Greek when dealing with the New Testament accounts and Paul's quoting of an earlier Christian creed in 1 Corinthians 15 verses 3-5. I can't stress how important this book is if you're searching to find out if Jesus' resurrection was an actual historical event. Definitely recommend this one!! Well worth the high price tag.
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