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Notes on Jesus’ Resurrection 6:
The Meaning of Jesus’ Resurrection for Today
Wright’s Opening Comments
The Resurrection and The Problem of Accounting for the Rise of Christianity
It is difficult to account for:
unless something remarkable actually happened.
The early Christians believed the New Age that the Jews had been longing for had indeed begun. They proclaimed that in Jesus, the “Resurrection” had arrived -- and they acted as if it had arrived. Yet this New Age was not what most Jews had imagined it would be – so what caused the early Christians to believe that the New Age had arrived even if it was not quite what everyone had initially imagined?
In Wright’s view, what caused the early Christians to believe in the arrival of the New Age was exactly what they said had galvanized their belief: that Jesus had risen from the dead. It was not intended as a “metaphor,” some fuzzy way of speaking about a spiritual experience of God
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