When it comes to the resurrection of Jesus, there is intense interest in the historicity of Jesus’ discovered empty tomb and his postmortem appearances to his followers. The historian, or the interested lay person, can ask, did these two key events reported in the gospels really happen, or are they legendary embellishments on a resurrection belief that was arrived at by other means?
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In this outline of what may have given rise to the beliefs and traditions in 1 Corinthians 15:3-7 if Jesus did not rise from the dead, Kris D. Komarnitsky explains why using these verses to support the historical reliability of the Gospels is problematic.
Did some of the early Christians at Corinth doubt the reality of Jesus’ resurrection? Was Paul trying to defend the reality of Jesus’ resurrection in his first letter to the Corinthians? Komarnitsky says “yes” on both counts; JP Holding says “no.” Those who think the only way to interpret the evidence is that Jesus resurrected from the dead might want to take a closer look at each point of evidence.