Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Trouble With Resurrection, new book by Revival Keynote Lecturer

The Trouble with Resurrection: From Paul to the Fourth Gospel, the newest book by Dr. Bernard Brandon Scott can be ordered now. Publisher is Polebridge Press.

Here is the blurb:

The term “resurrection” has come to stand for what Christianity is all about. But a close look reveals that it should not be understood monolithically, but rather as a pluralistic and diverse phenomenon. Early Christian communities were convinced that Rome had not defeated Jesus when they crucified him.
They employed a whole host of metaphors to express that conviction. The use of the single term “resurrection” to cover the phenomenon is a mistake-one that has tyrannized Christianity.

Furthermore, most Christians believe in a physical resurrection, although Paul clearly calls this into question. Once that tradition became fixed, it provided the lens through which everything else was viewed-and distorted.

The purpose of this book is not to say whether Jesus arose from the grave on the third day, or whether such an event is impossible. Rather, by examining the so-called resurrection stories in chronological order, it aspires to prompt readers to consider questions such as • what does the New Testament really say about the resurrection
• what is the influence of Judaism on Christian belief in the resurrection
• how did the resurrection become the central belief in Christianity
• why did early Christians choose to believe in the resurrection
• and why is resurrection not the right word

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