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The Trouble with Resurrection

From Paul to the Fourth Gospel

Bernard Brandon Scott (author)

ISBN: 9781598150209

Publication Date: Nov 2010

Format: Paperback

By examining the so-called resurrection stories in chronological order, this book aspires to prompt readers to consider questions such as: What does the New Testament say about the resurrection?; What is the influence of Judaism on Christian belief in the resurrection?; How did the resurrection become the central belief in Christianity?and why did early Christians choose to believe in the resurrection?
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The term "resurrection" has come to stand for what Christianity is all about. But a close look reveals that it should not be understood monolithically, but rather as a pluralistic and diverse phenomenon. Early Christian communities were convinced that Rome had not defeated Jesus when they crucified him. They employed a whole host of metaphors to express that conviction.

The use of the single term "resurrection" to cover the phenomenon is a mistake, one that has tyrannized Christianity. Furthermore, most Christians believe in a physical resurrection, although Paul clearly calls this into question. Once that tradition became fixed, it provided the lens through which everything else was viewed–and distorted. By examining the so-called resurrection stories in chronological order, this book aspires to prompt readers to consider questions such as,
  • What does the New Testament really say about the resurrection?
  • What is the influence of Judaism on Christian belief in the resurrection?
  • How did the resurrection become the central belief in Christianity?
  • Why did early Christians choose to believe in the resurrection?
  • And why is resurrection not the right word?
Pages 220
Date Published 30 Nov 2010
Publisher Polebridge Press
Subject/s History of religion  

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