Laidlaw Research Seminar - Derek Tovey
The Resurrection of Jesus as an item in reconstructing the historical Jesus

The resurrection of Jesus must be the starting point for, and integrated into, an account of the historical Jesus. I argue that the resurrection is the catalyst for the history of Jesus, and must be, therefore, taken into account (though it is often bracketed out of scholars’ discussion of the historical Jesus).

The reasons for this are:

  1. A coherent, believable time-frame for the development of the early church’s belief in Jesus as the Christ and Son of God requires this. Furthermore, the disjunction between pre-Easter Jesus and post-Easter Jesus raises the question: Why Jesus?
  2. The interpretive function of history allows for the inclusion of the resurrection in a reconstruction of the historical Jesus.
Where via Zoom
When 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cost FREE & open to the public
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About the Speaker

Derek Tovey is a retired lecturer in the New Testament. He was on the faculty of the College of St. John the Evangelist, Auckland for twenty-one years. While there, he also taught as an honorary lecturer for the University of Auckland (first within the Auckland Consortium for Theological Education, and then the School of Theology). Among other papers, he taught a paper on the Resurrection, and another on the Historical Jesus. He completed a doctorate on John’s Gospel at Durham University, UK in 1994. Prior to that he served for ten years in parish ministry in the (Anglican) Diocese of Christchurch, having trained at the College of St. John the Evangelist in the late 1970s. He is married to Lea, and lives in Glen Eden.

About Laidlaw Research Seminars

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