Monday, May 11, 2020

Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

I recently skimmed Andrew Loke, Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A New Transdisciplinary Approach (Routledge 2020).


• Detailed, comprehensive, and up-to-date. 

• Benefits from extensive engagement with various writings by Richard Carrier. Bart Ehrman is another target. As is Dale Allison. 

• Likewise, he targets more recent critics like Larry Shapiro and David Litwa

• Craig Keener is well represented, including his recent Christobiography.

• Personal correspondence with Timothy McGrew has sharpened his arguments. 


• Despite the subtitle, I don't see that his monograph breaks new ground. 

• Unrevised first editions of Bauckham's Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, as well as the unrevised first edition of Moreland & Craig's Philosophical Foundations for Christian Worldview.

• Dated commentaries. Apparently the library at Hong Kong Baptist doesn't have much of a budget for commentaries. 

The upshot is that this is definitely one of the best defenses of the Resurrection. However, this is well-trodden ground with major competition. And there's lots of overlap.

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