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Resurrection of Christ: A Historical Inquiry / Edition 1

Resurrection of Christ: A Historical Inquiry / Edition 1

by Gerd Ludemann


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Resurrection of Christ: A Historical Inquiry / Edition 1

Using both canonical and noncanonical primary texts, Lüdemann (history and literature of early Christianity, U. of Gottingen) presents evidence that the resurrection was not a historical event and argues that this conclusion leaves little basis for Christian faith as currently defined. He offers new translations of early Christian texts and evaluates every reference to Jesus in the New Testament and in apocryphal literature. With each text, he considers the author's purpose and tradition and assesses the historical value of the account. The volume has an index of modern authors but no subject index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901591022458
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 09/25/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Gerd Lüdemann is a professor of the history and literature of early Christianity at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Professor Lüdemann's published conclusions about Christianity aroused great controversy in his native Germany, where the Confederation of Protestant Churches in Lower Saxony demanded his immediate dismissal from the theological faculty of his university. Despite this threat to his academic freedom, he has retained his post at the university, although the chair he holds was renamed to disassociate him from the training program of German pastors. Lüdemann is also the author of Jesus After 2000 Years, Paul: The Founder of Christianity, The Resurrection of Christ: A Historical Inquiry, and many other works.

Table of Contents

1On the Need for a Fresh Investigation into the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus11
2The Various Early Christian Texts on the Resurrection of Jesus: Survey and Classification29
3Translation and Analysis of the Early Christian Texts on the Resurrection of Jesus39
1 Cor. 15:1-11: The Easter Traditions in Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians40
The Easter Narrative in the Gospel of Mark83
The Easter Narrative in the Gospel of Matthew90
The Easter Narrative in the Gospel of Luke100
The Easter Narrative in the Gospel of John114
The Easter Narrative in the Gospel of Peter131
The Easter Narrative in the Epistle of the Apostles (Epistula Apostolorum)134
In Retrospect138
4The Faith of the Early Christians in Jesus' Resurrection-Origin and History of a Self-Deception153
The Origin of the Self-Deception154
The History of the Self-Deception Concerning the Resurrection of Jesus172
5Can We Still Be Christians-Despite the Nonresurrection of Jesus?189
The Result190
A Historical Survey191
Alternatives to David Friedrich Strauss193
Appendix 1Mary Magdalene-A Confidante of Jesus and a Rival of Peter213
Appendix 2An Analogy from Hellenistic Religions Concerning the Relationship between the Appearances of Jesus and the Empty Tomb227
Appendix 3Some Critical Comments on Mel Gibson's Movie The Passion of the Christ in the Light of Historical Criticism231
Select Bibliography241
Index of Modern Authors245

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