The Resurrection of the Messiah
Bryan combines literary, historical, and theological approaches in this study of the doctrine of the Resurrection. In the first part of the book, the author provides a careful and sympathetic description of first-century Jewish and pagan opinions and beliefs about...
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Bryan combines literary, historical, and theological approaches in this study of the doctrine of the Resurrection. In the first part of the book, the author provides a careful and sympathetic description of first-century Jewish and pagan opinions and beliefs about death and what might follow. He then presents a general account of early Christian claims about the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. In the second part, Bryan offers a detailed, full-length commentary on and exegesis of the main New Testament texts that speak of Jesus' death and resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15 and the narratives in the four canonical gospels. In the third part, Bryan discusses and evaluates various proposals that have been made by those attempting to explain the data in ways that differ from the traditional Christian explanation. Finally, Bryan asks, "So what?" and considers various theological and ethical implications of accepting the claim "Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead." Throughout his study, Bryan exhibits a willingness to face hard questions as well as an appropriate reverence for a faith that for almost two thousand years has enabled millions of people to lead lives of meaning and grace.
Christopher Bryan is the C. K. Benedict Professor of New Testament at the School of Theology, University of the South.<BR>
- 1. The Setting; 1. The Hope Of Israel; 2. Death And The Afterlife In The Greco-roman World Beyond Israel; 3. The Christian Claim; 2. Witnesses; 1. Paul; 2. Mark; 3. Matthew; 4. Luke; 5. John; 3. Questioning The Witnesses; 1. What Should We Make Of The Witnesses' Claims?; 2. So What? A Partially Unscientific Postscript; Additional Notes; Additional Note A: On Varieties Of Faith In Early Christianity; Additional Note B: On Whether The New Testament Narratives Are Useful Sources Of Information About Anything That May Actually Have Happened; Additional Note C: Are The Passion Narratives Examples Of "the Prophetization Of History," Or Of "the Historicization Of Prophecy"?; Additional Note D: The Resurrection Of The Dead And Torah; Additional Note E: The Alexamenos Graffito And Texts Of Terror; Additional Note F: Further Reflections On Paul's Understanding Of Resurrection As Involving A Transformed Physicality; Additional Note G: Further Reflections On Paul's Understanding Of Our Present Experience Of Transformation In And Through Christ; Additional Note H: The New Testament And The Negative Eschaton: The Possibility Of Damnation; Endnotes; Selected Bibliography And Sources; Abbreviations; Index