The Resurrection of the Messiah

Hardcover | April 11, 2011

byChristopher Bryan

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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 andthe 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 varioustheological 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.

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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 ...

Christopher Bryan is Visiting Professor of New Testament and C.K. Benedict Professor of New Testament, Emeritus at Sewanee: The University of the South

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199752095

ISBN - 13:9780199752096

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Part I. The Setting1. The Hope of Israel2. Death and the Afterlife in the Greco-Roman World beyond Israel3. The Christian ClaimPart II. Witnesses1. Paul2. Mark3. Matthew4. Luke5. JohnPart III. Questioning the Witnesses1. What Should We Make of the Witnesses' Claims?2. So What? A Partially Unscientific PostscriptAdditional NotesAdditional Note A: On Varieties of Faith in Early ChristianityAdditional Note B: On Whether the New Testament Narratives Are Useful Sources of Information about Anything That May Actually Have HappenedAdditional 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 TorahAdditional Note E: The Alexamenos Graffito and Texts of TerrorAdditional Note F: Further Reflections on Paul's Understanding of Resurrection as Involving a Transformed PhysicalityAdditional Note G: Further Reflections on Paul's Understanding of Our Present Experience of Transformation in and through ChristAdditional Note H: The New Testament and the Negative Eschaton: The Possibility of DamnationEndnotesSelected Bibliography and SourcesAbbreviationsIndex