Is belief in the resurrection of Jesus essential or optional? This article examines the evidence for the resurrection through three lenses: the gospel tradition, skeptical scholarship, and faith. It concludes that faith in the risen Christ is essential.
The Gospel of Matthew's account of the resurrection of Jesus is regarded by many scholars as the least reliable historically. This article does not provide definitive answers to the questions raised, but it indicates some of the avenues that could be further explored. The relationship of Matthew 28 to the other gospels is examined. The major arguments that supposedly justify treating Matthew 28 with suspicion are each considered in turn.
The resurrection of Jesus is central to the Christian faith. This article argues that resurrection is essentially a feature of the last times and the outstanding aspect of the Christian hope. The New Testament makes it evident that the resurrection of Jesus was linked not only with his death but also with his parousia. The major theme of this study is the nature and significance of this connection.
This article is on the topic of the resurrection of the body. Scripture speaks about resurrection frequently throughout the Bible. This article focuses on the resurrection of Jesus in the New Testament, and ends with a discussion on the resurrection of the Christian – what is it, and why is it important to the Christian life.