Doubting Jesus' Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box?

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Stone Arrow Books, 2009 - Religion - 177 pages
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This book is the result of a layman's inquiry into a specific and intriguing question of Christian Origins. It starts out at a place where believer, non-believer, and those who are not quite sure about Jesus' resurrection can meet—at the Bible's account of a discovered empty tomb three days after Jesus' death. Looking at only the literary evidence, and considering scholarship from both sides of the aisle, this book explains in clear and easily understood terms what many scholars have been saying for years—there is good reason to conclude that this tradition is a legend. If true, the historicity of Jesus' resurrection collapses. Following up on this possibility, this book moves on to its main topic, turning its attention to one of the most valuable and crucial pieces of Christian Origins evidence - a short passage from one of the Apostle Paul's letters that contains the earliest known Christian beliefs and traditions in their simplest form: Jesus died for our sins, was raised on the third day, and appeared to many people (1 Corinthians 15:3-7). Again drawing on a wide range of scholarly expertise and covering many topics often encountered in discussions about Jesus' resurrection, this book investigates and offers a compelling answer to the question: What plausibly could have caused the rise of these extraordinary beliefs and traditions if there never was a discovered empty tomb? The following are excerpts from various endorsements of this book: "Clearly written and well argued, Doubting Jesus' Resurrection lays out a plausible and intriguing case for a non-supernatural explanation of the New Testament resurrection accounts" (Robert J. Miller, Professor of Religious Studies, Juniata College). "Komarnitsky's answers are well-documented and carefully considered, and his central thesis is intriguing. Highly recommended" (Rev. Chuck Jones, Atlanta, Georgia). "Komarnitsky shows great acuity of judgment and clear-eyed perception of the issues. He does not claim to have proof of what happened at Christian origins, but he does present a powerfully plausible hypothesis for what might have happened" (Robert M. Price, Ph.D. Theology, Ph.D. New Testament). "Komarnitsky presents a surprisingly excellent demonstration of how belief in the resurrection of Jesus could plausibly have originated by natural means" (Richard Carrier, Ph.D. Ancient History). Those interested in a plausible natural explanation for the birth of Christianity will want to seriously consider this book (James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Associate Professor of New Testament Language & Literature, Butler University).

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