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The Minimal Facts on the Resurrection

What is confirmed by even the most skeptical using modern historical methodology?

 

Dr. Gary Habermas has coined a method to show the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus called the Minimal Facts approach to the resurrection.  These facts are used by Habermas for three main reasons:

 

  1. The vast majority of scholars accepts these facts as historical
  2. They are well-established by the historical method.
  3. The only explanation that can account for the existence of all these facts is the bodily resurrection of Jesus.

Paul the Philosopher

Acts 17 and becoming all things to all people

Paul the Apostle said that...

 

"I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some."  (1 Corinthians 9:22b)

 

Acts 17 is an example where Paul becomes a philosopher to reason with philosophers. Of particular interest is Paul's willingness to provide reference to God with the idol of the unknown God.

Dan Barker's Easter Challenge

Harmony of the 4 gospels on the resurrection account

Dan Barker, many years ago issues a challenge to Christians to take the 4 gospels and build a reasonable narrative of them. Presumably, he feels it is difficult, when in fact, the 4 gospels harmonize nicely without adding any commentary at all. 

The conditions of the challenge are simple and reasonable. In each of the four Gospels, begin at Easter morning and read to the end of the book: Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21. Also read Acts 1:3-12 and Paul's tiny version of the story in I Corinthians 15:3-8. These 165 verses can be read in a few moments. Then, without omitting a single detail from these separate accounts, write a simple, chronological narrative of the events between the resurrection and the ascension: what happened first, second, and so on; who said what, when; and where these things happened. ...His premise is that the gospels contradict and cannot be reconciled. 

Isaiah's Divine Warrior

Better than sons and daughters

Isaiah 56 should be interpreted as the opening panel of a chiastic structure that starts with 56:1 and ends with chapter 66.

A. Righteous foreigners (56:1-8)

B. God's people unable to do right (56:9-59:15a)

C. The Divine Warrior (59:15b-21) 

D. God's righteousness dawns in his people (60:1-22) 

E. Anointed to preach the Good News (61:1-3)
 

D. God's righteousness dawns in his people (61:4-62:12)

C. The Divine Warrior (63:1-6) 

B. God's people unable to do right (63:7-66:17)

A. Righteous foreigners (66:18-24)


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