The Resurrection of Jesus

The Resurrection of Jesus by Robert B. Stewart
John Dominic Crossan and N.T. Wright in Dialogue

This book was not quite what I expected and so a little disappointing. I did like the tone of the dialogue and there were some interesting thoughts within.

The dialogue is about post-mortem existence, or life after death and how it impacts the 5 major questions of human existence, 1)who are we? 2)where are we? 3)what is wrong? 4)what is the solution?, and 5)what time is it?

Though I don't really agree with Crossan's take on resurrection, he does have a brilliant and relevant line - "I don't want any longer just to argue about the beginning and the end, the past and the future. I want to think about the present. I want really to know how we are going to take back God's world from the thugs."

My favorite part of the book came in chapter 3 by Robert Stewart - "This world is where the kingdom must come, on earth as it is in heaven...no wonder the Herods, the Caesars, and the Sadducees of the world, ancient and modern, were and are eager to rule out all possibility of actual resurrection. They are, after all, staking a counter-claim on the real world."

Or saying it another way, these powers and authorities want to define the answers to the 5 major questions.

Another quote I liked, "language cannot tell of us transcendent, it can only take us to its edge." This leads me to what I didn't like about the book, it was too scholarly for me, here's an excerpt (an example of using language to talk about the transcendent but actually muddying the waters in such a way that causes one to question transcendence or ponder the possibility of hastening its arrival for me personally):

"This telling clue suggests that the author of Peter preferred the indicative with the conjunction and that he used the subjunctive in GP 8:30 only because of his dependence on Matthew. Although the participle (insert greek word) occurs 28 times in Matthew, it never appears elsewhere in GP."

My eyes glazed over just while typing that, and there's a lot more of it in this book.

The bottom line for the common man - there's compelling evidence that there is a post-mortem existence, life after death. And the Bible gives us hints of what it is going to be like, so why not believe and start practicing life that way now?

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

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