Christic Appearances and Visions in the New Testament

Phillip H. Wiebe

in Visions of Jesus

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195126693
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853366 | DOI:
Christic Appearances and Visions in the New Testament

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This chapter focuses on the nature of the New Testament (NT) post-Resurrection appearance accounts. It surveys critical positions advanced by selected authors that fall into three broad interpretive groups: traditional, reductionist, and fideist interpretations. It shows that contemporary visionary phenomena add an important perspective for reading the NT documents and assessing interpretative traditions. NT criticism that confines its attention to the documentary evidence of the 1st century alone (biblical and extra-biblical), as though ongoing phenomena could have no relevance to understanding and testing claims coming to us from antiquity, deprives itself of a vital tool. Claims about what happened in antiquity cannot be divorced from research that outlines the apparent range of empirical possibilities.

Keywords: Jesus; New Testament; apparitions; visions; visionary phenomena

Chapter.  18033 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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