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The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection
 
 

The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection [Kindle Edition]

Lee Strobel
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Did Jesus of Nazareth really rise from the dead?

Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity.

But a dead man coming back to life? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Conflicting accounts make the empty tomb seem suspect. And post-crucifixion sightings of Jesus have been explained in psychological terms.

How credible is the evidence for—and against—the resurrection? Focusing his award-winning skills as a legal journalist on history’s most compelling enigma, Lee Strobel retraces the startling findings that led him from atheism to belief. Drawing on expert testimony first shared in his blockbuster book The Case for Christ, Strobel examines:

The Medical Evidence—Was Jesus’ death a sham and his resurrection a hoax?
The Evidence of the Missing Body—Was Jesus’ body really absent from his tomb?
The Evidence of Appearances—Was Jesus seen alive after his death on the cross?

Written in a hard-hitting journalistic style, The Case for Easter probes the core issues of the resurrection. Jesus Christ, risen from the dead: superstitious myth or life-changing reality? The evidence is in. The verdict is up to you.

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Did Jesus of Nazareth really rise from the dead? Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity. But a dead man coming back to life? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Conflicting accounts make the empty tomb seem suspect. And post-crucifixion sightings of Jesus have been explained in psychological terms. How credible is the evidence for--and against--the resurrection? Focusing his award-winning skills as a legal journalist on history's most compelling enigma, Lee Strobel retraces the startling findings that led him from atheism to belief. Drawing on expert testimony first shared in his blockbuster book The Case for Christ, Strobel examines: The Medical Evidence--Was Jesus' death a sham and his resurrection a hoax? The Evidence of the Missing Body--Was Jesus' body really absent from his tomb? The Evidence of Appearances--Was Jesus seen alive after his death on the cross?

Written in a hard-hitting journalistic style, The Case for Easter probes the core issues of the resurrection. Jesus Christ, risen from the dead: superstitious myth or life-changing reality? The evidence is in. The verdict is up to you.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310254752
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (15 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310254752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310254751
  • ASIN: B000SESHY4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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"From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day." -- Matthew 16:21 (NKJV)

"Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;" -- Titus 1:1-3 (NKJV)

Before addressing this book directly, let me comment that it is primarily made up of three excerpts from Lee Strobel's longer book, The Case for Christ.

Many born-again Christians are reluctant to discuss their faith with skeptics, despite the Great Commission, and encouragement not to be ashamed of Jesus before men. This book will be a blessing for such uncomfortable believers.

Let me explain. If Jesus really died, was raised from the dead on the third day, met with hundreds of people for weeks thereafter, and was observed to ascend into heaven, that's pretty remarkable evidence for believing in Him as the Son of God, and the source of Salvation. This little book focuses in that area.

If you have met more than a few skeptics, they will almost always claim that the disciples stole His body or that no one ever saw Him alive again. This book contains much valuable information to the contrary.

Here are the key questions raised in the book and the authorities who addressed them:

1. "Was Jesus' death a sham and His resurrection a hoax?" (Dr. Alexander Metherell)

2.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book 21 Mar 2011
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A cut down version of "Who Moved The Stone" written in a very similar style, with modern analogies to aid understanding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 15 April 2012
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This was an interesting read. Lee was a journalist for the Chicago Tribune with journalism and law degrees. He was an atheist. His wife converted to Christianity ... and he decided to investigate Christianity in the same way that he would any other journalistic piece of work. He spoke to leading experts in various fields about crucifixion and resurrection. The purpose of the research was to debunk his wife's new belief system. The proof that he was presented with convinced him of the reality of Jesus and he became a Christian himself.

I am already a Christian myself so the book only verified some of the things that I already knew. I did like Lee Strobel's way of methodically looking at each aspect of the core basis of the Christian faith ... the book isn't fussy or bogged down in unnecessary long explanations. Instead the language is simple and to the point. He took his questions to the experts and let them explain their beliefs and evidence. The evidence, in my opinion, is irrefutable but as I have already stated, I am already a Christian.

A lot of the information presented in the book I already knew. However, some of the medical aspects were new to me and I found it interesting (if somewhat distressing in places). The medical side of the crucifixion was examined and discussed. A very detailed description of each stage of the process proves that it could not have been survived and the talk of Jesus actually swooning on the cross and being taken down (believed dead) is debunked. Valid points are made about society at that time, about women and class.

One point that I thought was well made was that of the Disciples after Jesus had left them. They spent the rest of their lives proclaiming that the man that they knew was the Son of God.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ BOOK 25 May 2005
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The credibility of the death and resurection of JESUS CHRIST has never before been explained with such convincing evidences as done by Strobels findings. It is a book that should be read by all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully authentic and convincing 22 Mar 2014
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Lee Strobel comes at Christianity from a background of being a hard-headed journalist with a Chicago newspaper and being an atheist. His investigations of Christianity convinced him Christianity is true, and he gives us the benefit of that here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this order was great 9 Jun 2014
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This is a great little book, it is easy to read and also gives a great understanding of the subject.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Belief is not Evidence 7 May 2014
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I’ve been having a bit of a splurge on Strobel books.
I’ve found them hilarious and frustrating in equal measure.
His self-aggrandizement and mock humility are ridiculous.
And his portrayal of himself as a no-nonsense tough guy is outrageous, given his extreme timidity when “interrogating” his sources.

Anyway, I’ve been giving him one-star reviews to redress the balance, but he does genuinely deserve such low scores.
His books are very poor apologetics and they certainly aren’t the “investigations” he claims them to be.

One can only wonder at the quality of his journalism when he was a court reporter…

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But to the book, which examines the evidence for the resurrection.
In short, the “evidence” is this: - 5 authors in ancient times said that the resurrection happened.
That’s it.

The five: - Mark, Matthew, Luke, John and Paul - were all biased. No independent accounts.
None were eye witnesses (all the accounts were written in Greek, not the Aramaic of Jesus’ alleged disciples. Some make historical, cultural and geographical errors).

Paul admits he never met the living Jesus or witnessed the crucifixion.

Of the five, 2 copy from an earlier version and each other.
i.e. Matthew and Luke copy from Mark, so they are not independent.
Eye witnesses do not copy word-for-word from other witnesses.
So, we actually only have 3 sources.

Mark and John are not historical documents and offer no evidence - no more than any other religious work. Belief is not evidence.

Paul gives barely any detail for the crucifixion or resurrection. So we have nothing to go on, other than Paul believed it. The details of his conversion conflict with the account in Acts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reasoning and assessment of evidence
This book - a distillation from the author's longer The Case for Christ - looks at Jesus's execution, entombment and resurrection, assessing the evidence of modern medical science... Read more
Published 17 months ago by John Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I was recommended this book.
I have read others by this author & like his style.
I gave them to friends who also found the book easy to read, informative & well written.
Published 17 months ago by R. Politt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good evangelistic tool
It is well worth having a few copies of this little book for friends who may have genuine questions about the validity of the claims of Christianity. Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Case for Easter
Have several titles by this author and they have intrigued me with their subject matter. So I decided to buy this title
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful book
This is a great small book that shows the evidence to back up the Easter story. It's small enough and easy enough to read to give out to friends who would benefit from reading... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by A Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling & Convincing, Despite Minor Flaws
"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). Read more
Published on 12 July 2010 by Irish Critic
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