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by rakovsky
Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 37585

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

There's no end to the how-it-could-have-been "explanations" one can posit, and in nearly two decades of discussing the Bible on the Internet, I have seen many. To argue that Matthew's Jesus, and an angel, said on resurrection morning to go to Galilee, and that there is where the apostles would meet...
by rakovsky
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 37585

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

"FWIW, 2 Peter 1:16 is direct admission that the miracle stories about Jesus weren't fabricated." ~ Bernard The passage is relevant in that it suggests that the early Christian community took the stories as intended to be factual, rather than allegorical. Whether it was written by Peter or not, it ...
by rakovsky
Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 37585

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

In addition, the Russian theologian Lopukhin states the following. The apostles from personal experience ought to have known, that faith in the Risen Christ - it is not easy: they have twice found his lack of faith in this fact. Therefore, the Lord promises in the third, sending believers special m...
by rakovsky
Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 37585

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

Bernard, 1. Could you please clarify what makes modern scholars think that Mark's gospel preceded Matthew's? I understand that Matthew's reads like an expansion of Mark's and that Luke and Matthew generally hold Mark's narrative as a common base. However, could it be that Mark's gospel is in fact a...
by rakovsky
Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 37585

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

John, Here is what the Russian theologian Lopukhin has to say about the possible contradiction between Luke, Matthew, and Acts, wherein it looks like Luke has Jesus show up on Day 1 to give a series of Monologues, thus ruling out Matthew's Galilean appearances by saying to stay in Jerusalem, and whe...
by rakovsky
Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 37585

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

The second option makes more sense in terms of harmonization. If a friend sends another friend to ask you and your other friends to meet him in another city, but then stops by your house that day and again eight days later before your big meeting, this does not make you wrong if you say: "My friend...
by rakovsky
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 37585

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

FWIW, 2 Peter 1:16 is direct admission that the miracle stories about Jesus weren't fabricated. First, critical scholars agree that 2 Peter was written well into the second century and certainly not by Peter. Second, these cunningly devised fables seem to me referring to parts of the gospels, becau...
by rakovsky
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 37585

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

In his letter, Paul claims that over a hundred saw Jesus after He resurrected. People at that time had the advantage that they could investigate the stories for themselves. They could go to Galilee or Jerusalem and ask who had seen Jesus after the resurrection. If this was a "mass vision" like peop...
by rakovsky
Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 37585

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

. . This "solution" would work in the case of the gospels if you could find direct admissions by the gospel writers that they fabricated the miracle stories about Jesus. But this is hard to do. If you lived in the 1st century and Peter, James, or John confided in you that they made it up, that woul...
by rakovsky
Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:10 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 37585

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

Matthew records about Jesus' fourth collective appearance to the apostles, on the mount in Galilee, that "when they saw him, they worshiped him, but they doubted."(Matt 28:17, "προσεκύνησαν, οἱ δὲ ἐδίστασαν.") This would have been after Jesus convinced them in Jerusalem that he had arisen, after bo...