Jesus Fact #3 – 8 reasons for the Empty Tomb.

Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy


Jesus’ Empty Tomb:

According to scholar Gary Habermas: “An intriguing development in recent theological research is that a strong majority of contemporary critical scholars seems to support, at least to some extent, the view that Jesus was buried in a tomb that was subsequently discovered to be empty” (1).

Habermas is the mind behind the minimal facts (14), as we will touch on below. Habermas having combed through the historical evidence claims that there have been “more than 20 arguments that have been cited in favor of the empty tomb.” Here we will review several of the most powerful arguments in favour of the empty tomb.

 1.Early Pauline Creed:

A creed handed down to Paul can be found in 1 Corinthians 1-11 that has been dated to within five years of Jesus’ death. According to atheist scholar Gerd Ludemann: “…the elements in the tradition are to be dated to…

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