The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave

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Robert M. Price, Jeffery Jay Lowder
Prometheus Books, 2005 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 545 pages
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Did Jesus rise from the dead? Although 19th- and early 20th-century biblical scholarship dismissed the resurrection narratives as late, legendary accounts, Christian apologists in the late 20th century revived historical apologetics for the resurrection of Jesus with increasingly sophisticated arguments. A few critics have directly addressed some of the new arguments, but their response has been largely muted. The Empty Tomb scrutinizes the claims of leading Christian apologists and critiques their view of the resurrection as the best historical explanation.

The contributors include New Testament scholars, philosophers, historians, and leading nontheists. They focus on the key questions relevant to assessing the historicity of the resurrection: What did the authors of the New Testament mean when they said Jesus rose from the dead? What historical evidence is needed to establish the resurrection? If there is a God, why would He resurrect Jesus? Was there an empty tomb? What should we make of the appearance stories? Apart from historical evidence, is belief in the resurrection justified?

The Empty Tomb provides a sober, objective response to arguments offered in defense of Christianity’s central claim.

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Did the Resurrection actually take place? This is the central question that Price (editor, Journal of Higher Criticism ) and Lowder (cofounder, Internet Infidels) pose in their essay collection ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Is There Sufficient Historical Evidence
19
The Resurrection as Initially Improbable
43
Why Resurrect Jesus?
55
1 Corinthians 15311
69
The Spiritual Body of Christ and the Legend of the Empty Tomb
105
Peter Kir by
233
The Sign of Jonah in Matthew
307
Financial Aspects of the Resurrection
393
The Attempts
411
Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli on the Hallucination Theory
433
Swinburne on the Resurrection
453
Reformed Epistemology and Biblical Hermeneutics
469
Contributors
491
Index of Ancient Sources
511
Index of Modern Authors
531

The Plausibility of Theft
349
The Burial of Jesus in Light of Jewish
369
Index of Selected Topics
539
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About the author (2005)

Robert M. Price, Ph.D. (Selma, NC), professor of scriptural studies at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is the editor (with Jeffery Jay Lowder) of The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave and the Journal of Higher Criticism. He is also the author of Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today’s Pop Mysticisms; The Paperback Apocalypse: How the Christian Church Was Left Behind; The Reason-Driven Life: What Am I Here on Earth For?; The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man; and Deconstructing Jesus; among other works.

Jeffery Jay Lowder is the cofounder and past president of Internet Infidels, Inc., an international coalition of nontheists dedicated to promoting and defending a naturalistic worldview on the Internet.

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