Saturday, October 29, 2005

Eight Essays on the Resurrection

James Crossley calls attention to the latest issue of the Journal of the Study of the Historical Jesus here. It's a special issue focusing on the resurrection, with the following contributions.

Dale C. Allison, Jr, "Explaining the Resurrection: Conflicting Convictions"

Gary R. Habermas, "Resurrection Research from 1975 to the Present: What are Critical Scholars Saying?"

David J. Bryan, "The Jewish Background to The Resurrection of the Son of God by N. T. Wright"

James G. Crossley, "Against the Historical Plausibility of the Empty Tomb Story and the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus: A Response to N. T. Wright"

Michael Goulder, "Jesus' Resurrection and Christian Origins"

Larry W. Hurtado, "Jesus' Resurrection in the Early Christian Texts: An Engagement with N. T. Wright"

N. T. Wright, "Resurrecting Old Arguments: Responding to Four Essays"

Craig A. Evans, "Jewish Burial Traditions and the Resurrection of Jesus"

Weeks ago I had the pleasure of reading James' essay, in which he makes a fine case against the historicity of the empty tomb (though I'm not persuaded). It's nice to see the entire spectrum represented, from the atheist (Goulder) to the apologist (Wright, Evans). According to Crossley, Dale Allison's article examines the other articles. But of course -- who is better equipped to stand back and assess the entire lot? After I get a copy of this issue, I'll no doubt be blogging heavily on the subject.


Blogger Dan said...


Where can one get a copy of the journal? I'm a big fan of Dale Allison, as I see you are, and I'm also trying to get up to date with what others are saying about the resurrection these days.

Thanks, Dan

Blogger Loren Rosson III said...

You probably have to subscribe, because most libraries won't interlibrary-loan periodicals. But the quickest way would be to do an online pay-per-issue. See here:


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