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The ultimate miracle? The historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus

Marcel Sarot
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 1 | a2721 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i1.2721 | © 2014 Marcel Sarot | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 May 2014 | Published: 18 September 2014

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Marcel Sarot, Department of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University, The Netherlands; Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This contribution compares two views of the Resurrection of Christ; a traditional view that assumes that at the Resurrection, the dead body of Christ was transformed with the result that after the Resurrection, the grave was empty, and a revised view that assumes that the grave was not empty and that the Resurrection of Christ is not something that happened in this world, but in heaven. On the basis of a consideration of arguments for and against both views, the author argues for the traditional view. He goes on to show, however, that the traditional view cannot be adopted by historians who apply the principle of analogy. He argues, moreover, that this principle cannot be abandoned altogether. In the case of alleged singular events or miracles, however, this principle cannot be applied. This means that even if, as the author argues, the Resurrection is Geschichte (it really happened in this world, and the grave was empty), it falls outside the scope of Historie (it cannot be ascertained by the methods of strict historiography).

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