Greeting: Christ is Risen!

Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened by Craig Evans and N. T. Wright. (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).

Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened by Craig Evans and N. T. Wright. (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).

Response:  Truly, He is Risen!

First, as we read the Easter stories, we note the strange absence of Scripture in them. When you read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ last days — of his arrest, his trial, and his crucifixion — you find Old Testament echoes, quotations, and allusions all over the place. The Psalms, Isaiah, Daniel, Zechariah, and other books have provided material that has then been woven into the structure of the narrative. …

The second strange feature of the Resurrection stories is the presence of women as the primary witnesses. Whether we like it or not, women were simply not regarded as credible witnesses in the ancient world. …

The third strange feature, which goes with the third modification of the Jewish resurrection belief, is the portrait of Jesus himself. …

The fourth and final strange feature of the Resurrection narratives, which may call into question many of the Easter sermons that I and others regularly preach, is the absence of any mention of the future Christian hope. … — Easter, Unedited,  Excerpts from Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened, by Craig A. Evans and N. T. Wright [Westminster John Knox Press, 2009], posted 4/09/2009 09:12AM

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Let’s give the traditional Easter greeting/response a try (use comment section):

Greeting:  Christ is Risen!

Response

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Tom Grosh IV

Enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa, four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he hosts the Christian Scholar Series), on campus as part of InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministry (serving fellowships such as the Christian Medical Society/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine), online as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network, in the culture at large, and in God's creation.

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    Amy commented on April 13, 2009 Reply

    I never thought about the fourth item on that list. I guess that’s why a lot of the Easter sermons I heard borrow more from Romans than they do from the gospels.

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