- 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)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,316,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.