Revisiting the Empty Tomb
The Early History of Easter
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Title Page, Copyright
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Over the course of this project, from its inception to its completion, many indi-viduals have offered important support and encouragement in various ways, and I wish to offer them my thanks. First, I want to thank those who kindly agreed at various stages of this project to read individual chapters and to provide feedback, in particular John Kloppenborg, Agnes Choi, Darrell Reimer, and Timothy Con-...
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Introduction: Not Here but Risen: Seeing and Not Seeing the Easter Jesus
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On the north side of the nave in St. George’s Anglican Church in London, Ontario, not far from where I usually sit, there is a stained-glass window that depicts a resurrection scene. In this scene, Jesus is standing outside the tomb with his hand raised in blessing, and Mary Magdalene is in the foreground turn-ing around and looking over her shoulder at him. The window represents an ...
1. When the Dead and/or Gone Appear to the Living
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...the road . . . great and beautiful to be seen, as never before, Our study of how the two traditions of disappearance/absence and appearance/presence came to be so fully integrated in early Christian tradition and literature begins with what Paul says about his experience of the risen Jesus: “God was pleased . . . to reveal his son in [or to] me” (Gal. 1:15-16); “Have I not seen Jesus ...
2. Paul: “Last of All, He Appeared Also to Me”
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...tance, what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins next he appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of Even though neither the pre-Pauline tradition that is preserved in 1 Corinthi-ans 15:3b-5, 7 nor Paul himself (anywhere in his surviving letters) mentions the empty tomb, our investigation of the empty tomb stories begins with Paul. This ...
3. Empty Tombs and Missing Bodies in Antiquity
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...ing wreaths and libations, but really intending to take his own inside reported everything accurately: incredibly, the dead girl thing either. . . . All kinds of explanations were offered by the her will but constrained by a better fate? . . . Or did I not know swiftly or for such a cause. . . . I will search for you over land ...
4. The Sayings Gospel Q: “You Will Not See Me”
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...dren, like a hen gathers her nestlings under her wings, but you did not desire that. Behold, your house is forsaken. [And] I tell Biblical scholars call the ancient collection of Jesus’ sayings that was used by the authors of Matthew and Luke “the Sayings Source Q” (from the German word for “source,” Quelle), or now sometimes “the Sayings Gospel Q.” Q is part of ...
5. Mark: When the Bridegroom Is Taken Away
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...been raised, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But leave now, and tell his disciples and Peter that he is going Early in Mark’s Gospel, it comes to the notice of the Pharisees that Jesus and his dis-ciples are not engaging in the customary religious practice of fasting. When asked why, Jesus replies with an analogy about a wedding party: guests at a wedding do ...
6. Luke: “Why Do Doubts Arise in Your Hearts?”
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...is I myself; handle me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh Luke’s version of the empty tomb story is quite different from its Markan source, and it includes some important narrative developments. As shown above, Paul talks about visionary appearances of the risen Christ without mentioning an empty tomb, and Mark’s narrative suggests a tangible disappearance without ...
7. Matthew: “And Behold, Jesus Met Them”
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...“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid: go and tell my brothers that they should go into Galilee, and they will see me there.”you were sleeping.” . . . And this story has been disseminated Ulrich Luz has remarked that “the narrative fictions in Matthew’s Gospel . . . con-...
8. John: “Where I Am Going, You Cannot Come”
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...“Little children, I am only with you a little while longer; you will look for me, and just as I said to the Jews—‘where I am Thinking he was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have moved him, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” And she turned around and said to ...
9. Rewriting the Empty Tomb: Early Christian Deployments and Developments
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...who sleep?” And an answer was heard from the cross, “Yes.” The first thing to be observed about the early Christian reception of the empty tomb story is that in some ways it was not well received at all. Later canonical writings and early extracanonical texts all but ignore it, and when it does sur-face again in the second century and later, most of the theological interests of its ...
10. Revisiting the Empty Tomb: Why Beginnings Matter
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So let us carefully consider, brothers and sisters, out of what Sometime near the end of the first century, these words were written to the Christian community in Corinth. I refer to them here for two reasons, the first of which is that it is a very early Christian text that uses the image of people being led out of a darkened tomb as a metaphor for coming into community ...
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Index of Selected Subjects
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Index of Modern Authors
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Index of Ancient Texts
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Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2010