The Trouble with Resurrection
From Paul to the Fourth Gospel
by Bernard Brandon Scott
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. By examining the so-called resurrection stories in chronological order, this book 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?
Bernard Brandon Scott is a charter member of the Jesus Seminar and a member of Westar's Christianity Seminar. He served as chair of the Bible in Ancient and Modern Media Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as a member of several SBL Seminars including the Parable Seminar and Historical Jesus Seminar. He holds an A.B. from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, an M.A. from Miami University, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He is the author of several books including Sound Mapping the New Testament with Margaret Ellen Lee (2009) and Re-Imagine the World (2001).