What Do Scholars Think Of The Resurrection Of Jesus?

The New Testament provides multiple evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus. It stresses that Jesus predicted His own resurrection (Mark 8:31, 9:31, 10:34), that the Roman soldiers were guarding the tomb when Jesus arose from death (Matthew 28:11) and that Jesus appeared to many of His followers for over forty days until His ascension to heaven (Mark 16:9-18; Acts 1:3)… and that too was witnessed by many (Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9).  But, how do Bible scholars, historians and lawyers consider the reliability of the evidence for the resurrection which is provided in the New Testament?    Professor Thomas Arnold, author of a famous three-volume History of Rome and once chair of Modern History at Oxford, was well acquainted with the value of evidence in determining historical facts. He says:  “I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the…

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Two Logical Fallacies Behind Resurrection Skepticism

In attempts to examine the historical Jesus, many scholars have denied the resurrection account as an historical event. Such attempts always appear as taking a centrist approach to examining the life of Jesus, yet it becomes obvious that they are aligned on the side of the skeptics when it comes to the supernatural events in the story of Jesus. However, rejection of the supernatural is seldom supported by any reasons and often commits two logical fallacies: a priori assertion of the impossibility of miracles to occur, and “genetic” attachment of Christianity to ancient myths.  In their reaction to the supernatural in general and the orthodox view of Jesus in particular, a group of 74 scholars called the Jesus Seminar claimed that:  “The Christ of creed and dogma… can no longer command the assent of those who have seen the heavens through Galileo's telescope. The old deities and demons…

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How Did Judas Die?

How did Judas die? Who bought the field? Is it Jeremiah or Zechariah, who prophesied about the potter's field?  Let’s imagine a hypothetical situation where someone asks you to get a piece of paper from their desk, and you actually went and found that there was no paper on the desk, but you found a piece of paper on the floor and the window was open, would you think that this person lied to you? Or would you conclude that the paper may have fallen from the desk to the floor due to the air current from the open window?  This is exactly the answer to those who say that there is a contradiction in the Bible regarding the death of Judas. The Gospel of Matthew says that he "went away and hanged himself" (Matthew 27:5), while Luke the evangelist in the book of Acts says that “he…

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Was Jesus Crucified Before The Passover Meal Or After?

According to all four of the Gospels, Jesus ate the Passover meal before he was crucified. (Matthew 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-22; John 13:1-30) This, after all was the Last Supper; not just a minor detail, but a critical event, as it was at this time that Our Lord instituted the Eucharist. A problem arises though in an apparent contradiction that can be found in the Gospel of John during his account of Jesus’ trial before Pilate: “Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, ‘Behold your King!’” – John 19:14. If this was the Preparation Day, and the Passover Meal is about to be eaten; how could the meal have taken place the night before?   While all four Gospels agree that Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation; the Gospels Matthew, Mark, and Luke,…

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Was Jesus Shocked That He Was Crucified?

In a recent debate between Bart Ehrman and Jimmy Akin, Bart claimed (in second 58:28 in this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKShBLRixR8&t=8137s ) that if we take the gospel narratives separately, we see that Jesus is shocked that He was crucified. He makes a point that this narrative in Mark is contradictory to the narratives in other gospels where Jesus is less silent and more deliberate about His crucifixion.  However, is it true that Jesus was shocked with His predicament in the gospel of Mark? It is simply not true and a misrepresentation by Bart of the gospel of Mark.   If we take references from the gospel of Mark alone, we find that Jesus clearly prophesied three times that He was going to be executed and resurrected from death. In Mark 8, right after Peter confessed Jesus as Christ, Jesus “began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer…

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