Chapter

The Christian Claim

Christopher Bryan

in The Resurrection of the Messiah

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199752096
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895076 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752096.003.0004
The Christian Claim

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This chapter examines early Christian claims about death and the afterlife. The first Christians, when asked why they had come into existence, frequently gave an answer that it was something to do with Jesus having been raised from the dead. When faced with the task of explaining, proclaiming, or defending this belief, they appear to have appealed to two kinds of tradition: on the one hand, to a disappearance tradition—that the women of their company had found Jesus' tomb to be empty a short while after his death; and on the other, to appearance traditions—that numbers of them (first the women, and then the men) had subsequently been encountered by the risen Jesus.

Keywords: Christians; Christianity; Jesus; resurrection; death; afterlife

Chapter.  3146 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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