What are the Gospels’ Resurrection narratives designed to tell us? And what is the continuing theological significance of the Resurrection for today? Those are two of the key questions addressed by this stimulating set of essays.
Published in honor of Leslie Houlden, these essays amply reflect his own special ability to elucidate scholarly issues with authority, elegance, and wit. They also reflect his wide-ranging concerns, introducing students and lay people to a rich variety of perspectives—literary, historical, theological, pastoral, and artistic—on this crucial subject.
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Offers various perspectives on resurrection
Examines central historical issues
Discusses theological and doctrinal themes
Considers hermeneutical questions
Provides suggestions for further reading
The Ending of Mark’s Gospel
Flesh Is Precious: The Significance of Luke 24:36–43
The Emmaus Story and Its Sequel
The Women’s Resurrection Testimony
The Hermeneutics of the Gospel Resurrection Narratives
Did Jesus of Nazareth Rise from the Dead?
“They Discussed among Themselves What This ‘Rising from the Dead’ Could Mean” (Mark 9:10)
Early Objections to the Resurrection of Jesus
“He Is Not Here”: Towards a Theology of the Empty Tomb
Why Does the Resurrection of Christ Matter?
A Naked Pillar of Rock
“I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body”
The Mark of the Nails
The Descent into Hell: Hans Urs von Balthasar and Pastoral Theology
“The Body of Christ has AIDS”: Resurrection and Pastoral Theology
Global Threats and Global Hope in Multi-Religious Perspective