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The Son Rises: Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Paperback – September 29, 2000
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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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Must read for all Christians and even naysayers. Semi layman level most will be able to grasp.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Craig walks a fine line but he does it well. He gets into significant detail as he looks at the resurrection of Jesus like a historian would, but the book remains readable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shelley and Son Books
A really good quick and compact introduction into the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. Good stuff!Published 5 months ago by Grant M.
Clear, well written, and accurate. This book can be read in a single sitting.Published 13 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 18 months ago by Eric
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 J Chandler Arnett III
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