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The Resurrection of the Messiah

In Christopher BRYAN, Early Christianity, Frederik S. Mulder, Oxford University Press, Resurrection on September 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

2012.09.14 | Christopher Bryan, The Resurrection of the Messiah. New York et al.: Oxford University Press, 2011. X + 432 pp. ISBN: 978-0199752096.

Reviewed by Frederik S. Mulder, Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Many thanks to OUP for kindly providing us with a review copy.

In the years following the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, a group of people who claimed to be his followers, later to be called Christians, established the Christian church. When asked why this happened, they often responded with the claim that Jesus was raised from the dead despite the fact that it initially would have sounded just as surprising and unlikely to Jews and Gentiles alike. These followers of Jesus seem stubbornly to have persisted with their claims, expecting to be taken seriously and even appealing to named eyewitnesses. Read the rest of this entry »