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Published on Dec 29, 2010

Some wonder what is the evidence for the disciples accounts of what they saw firsthand and testified to (which even in secular academia is considered 1 serious type of empirical evidence). Here's the answer:

1. What sources outside of the canon are there that support Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection in bodily form, and ascension into heaven?

Actually, there are lots of extra-canonical sources that support Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection, sources which I suspect you've never thought of. You're thinking of later extra-canonical sources like Josephus and Tacitus. But the really interesting extra-canonical sources are the earlier ones, that is to say, the sources used by the New Testament writers themselves. Now before you cry foul, you need to reflect that these sources are not themselves in the canon but go back even closer to the events than the canonical books. These are, therefore, the center of historical Jesus study today, not the later extra-canonical sources. Honestly, if you're focused on what later extra-canonical sources there are for Jesus, you're really missing the boat.

What are some of these sources? The Passion story used by Mark, the formula cited by Paul in I Cor. 15.3-5, Matthew's special source called M, Luke's special source called L, and so forth. Some of these are incredibly early sources (which helps to answer your second question). The pre-Markan passion story probably dates from the 30s and is based on eyewitness testimony, and the pre-Pauline formula in I Cor. 15.3-5 has been dated within a couple of years or even months of Jesus' death. I think you can see why these are the really interesting sources, not some later report by Josephus.

Now these sources provide abundant, independent testimony to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Later references to Jesus by the Roman historian Tacitus, the Jewish historian Josephus, the Syrian writer Mara bar Serapion, rabbinical writings, and extra-biblical Christian authors confirm what the New Testament documents tell us about Jesus but don't really give us anything new. You can find such sources cited and discussed in R. T. France's very fine book The Evidence for Jesus (1986) or in Robert Van Voorst's definitive Jesus outside the New Testament (2000). What is key for the historian, however, will be, not these later sources, but the New Testament documents themselves and their sources.

Read more: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/inerra...

These are perfect examples of how atheists just don't have a clue of what they are talking about. They just do not realize how much astronomical advance Christianity caused beyond ancient pagan cultures.

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