Critical and Biographical Studies 1. He was the second child of Lucien Auguste Camus, a military veteran and wine-shipping clerk, and of Catherine Helene Sintes Camus, a house-keeper and part-time factory worker. Shortly after the outbreak of WWI, when Camus was less than a year old, his father was recalled to military service and, on October 11,died of shrapnel wounds suffered at the first battle of the Marne.
Endnotes Introduction During the last thirty years, perhaps the most captivating theological topic, at least in North America, is the historical Jesus. Dozens of publications by major scholars have appeared since the mids, bringing Jesus and his culture to the forefront of contemporary discussions.
The apostle Paul has been the subject of numerous additional studies. To the careful observer, these studies are exhibiting some intriguing tendencies. Sincemore than scholarly publications on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus have appeared.
Over the last five years, I have tracked these texts, which were written in German, French, and English. Well over subtopics are addressed in the literature, almost all of which I have examined in detail. Each source appeared from the last quarter of the Twentieth Century to the present, with more being written in the s than in other decades.
The interdisciplinary flavor is noteworthy, as well. Most of the critical scholars are theologians or New Testament scholars, while a number of philosophers and historians, among other fields, are also included.
This essay is chiefly concerned with commenting on a few of these most recent scholarly trends regarding the resurrection of Jesus. I will attempt to do four things here, moving from the general to the specific. This will involve 1 beginning with some tendencies of a very broad nature, 2 delineating several key research trends, 3 providing a sample interpretation of these research trends from the works of two representative scholars, and 4 concluding with some comments on what I take to be the single most crucial development in recent thought.
Of course, the best way to do this is to comb through the literature and attempt to provide an accurate assessment. When viewed as a whole, the general consensus is to recognize perhaps a surprising amount of historical data as reported in the New Testament accounts.
For the purposes of this essay, I will define moderate conservative approaches to the resurrection as those holding that Jesus was actually raised from the dead in some manner, either bodily and thus extended in space and timeor as some sort of spiritual body though often undefined.
In other words, if what occurred can be described as having happened to Jesus rather than only to his followers, this range of views will be juxtaposed with those more skeptical positions that nothing actually happened to Jesus and can only be described as a personal experience of the disciples.
Of course, major differences can be noted within and between these views.
One way to group these general tendencies is by geography and language. For example, on the European Continent, recent German studies on the subject of the death and resurrection of Jesus are far more numerous, generally more theological in scope, and more diverse, than French treatments.
This German diversity still includes many moderate and conservative stances. French studies, on the other hand, appear less numerous, more textually-oriented, and tend to reach more conservative conclusions.
There are also a wide range of positions represented here, some of which differ from mainline conclusions, such as the works of Michael Goulder, G.
Wells, and Duncan Derrett. Examples are the publications of Thomas Torrance, James D. Wright have contributed heavily to this outlook.
Of course, this proves nothing concerning whether or not the resurrection actually occurred. But it does provide perhaps a hint--a barometer, albeit quite an unofficial one, on where many of these publications stand.
Interestingly, my study of these works also indicates an approximate ratio of 3: Here again, this signals the direction of current research.
In particular, I will feature areas that include some fairly surprising developments. Almost a dozen different alternative theses have emerged, either argued or suggested by more than forty different scholars, with some critics endorsing more than one theory.
In place of the resurrection, both internal states of mind such as subjective visions or hallucinations as well as objective phenomena like illusions have been proposed. A second research area concerns those scholars who address the subject of the empty tomb.
It has been said that the majority of contemporary researchers accepts the historicity of this event. From the study mentioned above, I have compiled 23 arguments for the empty tomb and 14 considerations against it, as cited by recent critical scholars.
Thus, while far from being unanimously held by critical scholars, it may surprise some that those who embrace the empty tomb as a historical fact still comprise a fairly strong majority.
By far the most popular argument favoring the Gospel testimony on this subject is that, in all four texts, women are listed as the initial witnesses. Contrary to often repeated statements, First Century Jewish women were able to testify in some legal matters.
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