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The Resurrection of the Messiah

Christopher Bryan

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199752096
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895076 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752096.001.0001
The Resurrection of the Messiah

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This book combines literary, historical, and theological approaches in a study of the doctrine of the Resurrection. The first part of the book provides a careful and sympathetic description of 1st-century Jewish and pagan opinions and beliefs about death and what might follow. It then presents a general account of early Christian claims about the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The second part offers a detailed, full-length commentary on and exegesis of the main New Testament texts that speak of Jesus' death and resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15 and the narratives in the four canonical gospels. The third part discusses and evaluates various proposals that have been made by those attempting to explain the data in ways that differ from the traditional Christian explanation. Finally, the book asks, “So what?” and considers various theological and ethical implications of accepting the claim “Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead.” Throughout, the book exhibits a willingness to face hard questions as well as an appropriate reverence for a faith that for almost two thousand years has enabled millions of people to lead lives of meaning and grace.

Keywords: resurrection; pagan; death; Jesus; New Testament; religion; Christianity

Book.  456 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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Prologue in The Resurrection of the Messiah

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The Hope of Israel in The Resurrection of the Messiah

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The Christian Claim in The Resurrection of the Messiah

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Paul in The Resurrection of the Messiah

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Mark in The Resurrection of the Messiah

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Matthew in The Resurrection of the Messiah

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