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Title: The Resurrection of Jesus
Subtitle: Reflections on Historical and Theological Questions
Author(s): LINDEMANN, Andreas
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 93 Issue: 4 Date: 2017
This essay surveys the evidence from the gospels and Paul for the emergence of the belief in the resurrection. It is argued that it is actually irrelevant whether or not Jesus’ tomb was empty as proof of the resurrection. Christian faith started with an interpretation of Jesus’ death as a means for reconciling humanity with God. The empty tomb and the appearance narratives do not claim to be historical statements, but express the belief of Jesus’ first disciples, and of later generations, that Jesus is Messiah and Lord, as he himself explained to his disciples in the Gospel of Luke.