The Resurrection of the Messiah  -     By: Christopher Bryan
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Oxford University Press / 2011 / Hardcover

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Bryan combines literary, historical, and theological approaches in his comprehensive and rigorous new study of Christianity's pivotal doctrine The Ressurection of the Messiah. Part one provides a careful and sympathetic description of first-century Jewish and pagan opinions and beliefs about death and what might follow. It then presents a general account of early Christian claims about the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

In part two, Bryan offers a detailed, full-length commentary on and exegesis of the main New Testament texts that speak of Jesus' death and resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15 and the narratives in the four canonical gospels. Following, in part three, Bryan discusses and evaluates various proposals that have been made by those attempting to explain the data in ways that differ from the traditional Christian explanation.

Finally, Bryan asks, "So what?" and considers various theological and ethical implications of accepting the claim "Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead." Throughout his study, Bryan exhibits a willingness to face hard questions as well as an appropriate reverence for a faith that for almost two thousand years has enabled millions of people to lead lives of meaning and grace.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 464
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.30 X 6.20 (inches)
ISBN: 0199752095
ISBN-13: 9780199752096
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Publisher's Description

In The Resurrection of the Messiah, Christopher Bryan combines literary, historical, and theological approaches in a study of the doctrine of the Resurrection. The book is divided into three parts. The first section provides a careful and sympathetic description of first-century Jewish and pagan opinions and beliefs about death and what might follow. This is followed by a presentation of a general account of early Christian claims about the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

The second part of the book offers a detailed, full-length commentary on and exegesis of the main New Testament texts that speak of Jesus' death and resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15 and the narratives in the four canonical gospels. As a framework for this commentary, Bryan utilizes the pattern of apostolic preaching presented by Paul and then echoed by each of the four evangelists, namely the formula "Christ died, Christ was buried, Christ has been raised, Christ appeared."

The final section of the book is spent discussing and evaluating various proposals that have been made by those attempting to explain the data in ways that differ from the traditional Christian explanation. Bryan also considers various theological and ethical implications of accepting the claim "Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead." Throughout his study, Bryan exhibits a willingness to face hard questions as well as an appropriate reverence for a faith that for almost two thousand years has enabled millions of people to lead lives of meaning and grace.

Author Bio


Christopher Bryan, sometime scholar of Wadham College, Oxford, is C.K. Benedict Professor of New Testament Emeritus at the University of the South. Since his semi-retirement in 2008 he continues to write and teach, and is currently editor of the Sewanee Theological Review, one of only two Anglican quarterly journals of theology currently published in the United States.

Endorsements

This is an exciting contribution to the literature and immensely readable. It is particularly strong in preaching the Gospel texts as performed text and in exploring some of the questions provoked by such a reading, with reference to classical and modern exemplars. Bryan has a large appreciation of the way theater works and his references to both Greek drama and Shakespeare are effective and illuminating. The breadth of reference throughout is stimulating and heartening in a work that also pays such close attention to text.
-Fr. Peter Allan CR,
Lecturer and Vice-Principal, The College of the Resurrection

As in the earliest "Render to Caesar", Christopher Bryan constructs straightforward, consecutive and easily traceable arguments, and writes strikingly clear prose--with an occasional touch of whimsy. These are uncommon virtues in the academic world. Indeed, he has actually hewn a good read through dense exegetical thickets that scholarship has cultivated around the Resurrection--the thorns and brambles are there for those vocationally committed to dealing with them, but relegated to plentiful footnotes.
Robert W. Jenson,
Senior Scholar, Center for Theological Inquiry

Editorial Reviews


"This is an exciting contribution to the literature and immensely readable. It is particularly strong in presenting the Gospel texts as performed text and in exploring some of the questions provoked by such a reading, with reference to classical and modern exemplars. Bryan has a large appreciation of the way theatre works and his references to both Greek drama and Shakespeare are effective and illuminating. The breadth of reference throughout is stimulating and heartening in a work that also pays such close attention to text."--Fr. Peter Allan CR, Lecturer and Vice-Principal, the College of the Resurrection


"As in the earlier Render to Caesar, Christopher Bryan constructs straightforward, consecutive and easily traceable arguments, and writes strikingly clear prose-with an occasional touch of whimsy. These are uncommon virtues in the academic world. Indeed, he has actually hewn a good read through the dense exegetical thickets that scholarship has cultivated around the Resurrection-the thorns and brambles are there for those vocationally committed to dealing with them, but relegated to the plentiful footnotes."--Robert Jenson, Senior Scholar, Center of Theological Inquiry (ret.)


"Bryan offers not only an elegant and erudite exposition of what the NT says about Jesus' resurrection and the good grounds for believing it but also a survey of numerous ancillary areas." --The Catholic Biblical Quarterly


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