A Look at the Evidence for the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus


When it comes to the formation of the early Jesus movement, 1 Corinthians 15: 3-7  is a crucial element to the proclamation of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. In relation to early testimony, historian David Hacket Fisher says, “An historian must not merely provide good relevant evidence but the best relevant evidence. And the best relevant evidence, all things being equal, is evidence which is most nearly immediate to the event itself.” (1) One key in examining the early sources for the life of Christ is to take into account the Jewish culture in which they were birthed. As Paul Barnett notes, “The milieu of early Christianity in which Paul’s letters and the Gospels were written was ‘rabbinic.’” (2)

Paul’s usage of the rabbinic terminology “passed on” and “received” is seen in the creed of 1 Cor. 15:3-8:

For what I received I passed on to you as…

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4 thoughts on “A Look at the Evidence for the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus

  1. Philip Augustine

    It’s interesting that Bart Ehrman’s claim that the Resurrection was simply hallucinations from certain cultural Jews at the time who didn’t perceive differences in visions and dreams. There are good arguments against the resurrection; however, some of these developed by modern secularists just seem like bad plot developments of a poor show on the USA network.

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    1. madblog Post author

      Entertainment media has triumphed over discerning thought and the “experts” are not immune. Yes, find me a documented case of mass hallucination. I’ll wait.

      I do take exception to one thing you’ve said. I have yet to read a GOOD argument against the resurrection.

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