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The Jesus Inquest

Anthony Weber —  January 13, 2012 — Leave a comment

Charles Foster is a barrister and tutor in medical law and ethics at the University of Oxford. That explains The Jesus Inquest. If you are looking for a book about the death, resurrection, and post-resurrection appearances of Christ that is heavily documented and presented like courtroom testimony, this is the book for you.

Though this may sound daunting,  Foster’s approach works.  He designates two speakers, X (a skeptic) and Y (a believer), to present the best case for each side.    John Lennox has noted that “Charles Foster has managed to do what should be legally impossible: to combine the role of defense and prosecution.” The key arguments deal with the source documents; Jesus’ death, burial, and post-resurrection appearances; the empty tomb; and the early church’s perspective on resurrections in general.  The Shroud of Turin, the Jesus family tomb, and the Gospel of Peter get additional post-debate coverage.
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