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‘Seeing’ the Risen Jesus

Stephen T. Davis

in Christian Philosophical Theology

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199284597
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603778 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284598.003.0009
 						‘Seeing’ the Risen Jesus

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This chapter argues that when Mary Magdalene, Peter, and others saw the risen Jesus, their “seeing” was a case of a normal vision. This is the natural way to read the New Testament accounts, especially given the physical detail contained in many of them. Six possible arguments in favor of objective vision are discussed. Two arguments in favor of normal seeing are presented: that the early church interpreted the “seeing” as normal vision, and that it is theologically significant that the “seeing” was normal. It underscores the reality of the incarnation, and places the church in a strong apologetic position.

Keywords: seeing; vision; resuscitation; resurrection; spiritual body

Chapter.  9794 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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