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:
- 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?
- The interpretive function of history allows for the inclusion of the resurrection in a reconstruction of the historical Jesus.
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