Skip to main content

Notable but not New Books on the Resurrection

Important Books on the Resurrection

1. Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright

It goes without saying that I should mention Wright's weighty volume on the resurrection here at the top of my list.  With sustained interpretation of key texts like 1 Corinthians 15, Wright covers a lot of ground and builds the case that the resurrection is pivotal for a New Testament understanding of Jesus.  What is striking in Wright's view is the connection he makes between the creation story of Genesis 1-2 and 1 Corinthians 15.  Because death as been given a final blow through the resurrection, the creation's hope of renewal is sure.  You won't want to miss this important and wide ranging volume.

2.  Risen Indeed: Making Sense of the Resurrection by Stephen T. Davis

This book by Professor of Philosophy Stephen T. Davis is a mixture of apologetics, philosophy, and scholarship devoted to defending the belief that the resurrection is a rational belief.  Taking on the arguments of Hume and Flew, looking at even the views of Tim Keller, Davis handle many of the issues that come up in resurrection conversation with ease and insight.  This volume is one you can read a chapter at a time, digest, and read another chapter the next day.  I even found some particularly helpful ideas concerning the practical impact of the resurrection on everyday living.

3.  Resurrection of the Body in Early Judaism and Early Christianity: Doctrine, Community and Self-Definition by Claudia Stetzer

Not one of those volumes you pick up for a good deal the used book store because of its academic publisher, but a gem indeed, Resurrection of the Body in Early Judaism and Early Christianity by Claudia Stetzer is not to be missed.    The 2nd paragraph in her opening introduction sets the tone for the book as she writes,

 "Tertullian's argument illustrates an essential point: early Jews and Christians who believed in bodily resurrection did not accept it as an isolated tenet, but as a part of constellation of beliefs." (1)

Stetzer goes onto to look at resurrection from the NT, Apostolic Fathers, and a Jewish understanding of the belief.  What is most notable and related to the previous quote is the way that Stetzer implicates resurrection belief in the anti-Imperial program of many early believers.  Rome was a power not to be reckoned with but the early Christians had beliefs in the power of God through the resurrection that could stand up against the cruel treatment by the Roman powers.  She also look at how the resurrection shaped community, was used as a symbol and strategy for practical ethics, and how the resurrection served as a weapon against opposing rulers.  This volume is dense and heavily indebted to primary sources but is not to be missed.  


Popular posts from this blog

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder
Misperceptions, misconnections, and missed observations are just some of the issues that Timothy Snyder raises in his book, Black Earth, concerning the Holocaust.  Snyder, no stranger to the frontlines of scholarship on the Holocaust, with his previous book Bloodlands, that concerns the land from Hitler to Stalin, takes a look at the Holocaust from new sources and new avenues of thought.  How did some nation-states survive relatively unscathed from Nazi persecution while others, notably Jewish populations, succumb to a wave of killings?  Also, what was the role of the Soviet Union in the war and how did Stalin effect changes in the Final Solution?  These questions are only two of the many that Snyder answers in his detailed account of the Holocaust.
One of the best chapters was entitled The Auschwitz Paradox.  Generally when the public thinks about the Holocaust, we think of Auschwitz first or at the top of our mental m…

the great spiritual migration

The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian D McLaren

Brian McLaren and his own pithy way brings to the foreground and emphasis on a new kind of Christianity. The kind of faith that Brian envisions is a kind of migration not been set in the bedrock of beliefs that is unmoving but rather shifting with both culture and with faith. His new book the great spiritual migration is exactly that, a pointed work that encapsulates a vision towards the future where Christianity is changing and its peoples lives are changed as well.

Brian states in the introduction, "but we also know that for a lot of people Christianity is malfunctioning, seriously so, and it's not pretty. This kind of frustration with conventional Christianity is what McLaren gets gets to at the heart of this message is concerned with a number of different clusters unbelief. One, namely that Christianity has been stuck in a set of propositions or beliefs that has controlled churches in the faith, rather then a spirit of love t…

The Paraclete Poetry Anthology, Edited by Mark S. Burrows

Bringing words to life on a page is hard work, and no work is harder than poetry.  Poets take the visceral, the mundane, and the disjointed and frayed things of life and put them on their head.  This new anthology of poetry put out by Paraclete Press and edited by Mark S. Burrows, takes the best poetry of today and brings together old and new poems from these gifted creators.  You find poems from Scott Cairs, SAID, Phyllis Tickle, and others.  The collection stems the span of 2005-2016 and includes both religious poems and themes, as well as themes covering a broad swath of topics.

One of the beauties of this collection is the array of poems that the anthology includes in its pages.  One poem in particular stuck with me as read through the collection.  Anna Kamienska is a wonderful Polish poet who interacts with the wider lens of faith while looking carefully at the world we live in.  She says in her poem named Gratitude, (44)

A tempest threw a rainbow in my face
so that I wanted to…