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The Resurrection of the Messiah$
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Christopher Bryan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199752096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752096.001.0001

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The Christian Claim

The Christian Claim

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(p.35) 3 The Christian Claim
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The Resurrection of the Messiah
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Christopher Bryan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752096.003.0004

This chapter examines early Christian claims about death and the afterlife. The first Christians, when asked why they had come into existence, frequently gave an answer that it was something to do with Jesus having been raised from the dead. When faced with the task of explaining, proclaiming, or defending this belief, they appear to have appealed to two kinds of tradition: on the one hand, to a disappearance tradition—that the women of their company had found Jesus' tomb to be empty a short while after his death; and on the other, to appearance traditions—that numbers of them (first the women, and then the men) had subsequently been encountered by the risen Jesus.

Keywords:   Christians, Christianity, Jesus, resurrection, death, afterlife

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