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Who Moved the Stone? [Paperback]

Frank Morison
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27 July 1987
The author began to write this book with the intention of disproving the Resurrection but found instead that the evidence supported the biblical story. This recognized classic is an examination of his research and the evidence he found.


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  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House; New Ed edition (27 July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310295610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310295617
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,673,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has the supreme merit of frankness and sincerity. -- The Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"I owe Morison a great debt of gratitude. Who Moved the Stone? was an important early link in a long chain of evidence that God used to bring me into his kingdom. Morison’s stirring intellectual exploration of the historical record proved to be an excellent starting point for my spiritual investigation." --From the foreword by Lee Strobel

English journalist Frank Morison had a tremendous drive to learn of Christ. The strangeness of the Resurrection story had captured his attention, and, influenced by skeptic thinkers at the turn of the century, he set out to prove that the story of Christ’s Resurrection was only a myth. His probings, however, led him to discover the validity of the biblical record in a moving, personal way.

Who Moved the Stone? is considered by many to be a classic apologetic on the subject of the Resurrection. Morison includes a vivid and poignant account of Christ’s betrayal, trial, and death as a backdrop to his retelling of the climactic Resurrection itself. Among the chapter titles are:
* The Book That Refused to Be Written
* The Real Case Against the Prisoner
* What Happened Before Midnight on Thursday
* Between Sunset and Dawn
* The Witness of the Great Stone
* Some Realities of That Far-off Morning

Who Moved the Stone? is a well-researched book that is as fascinating in its appeal to reason as it is accurate to the truthfulness of the Resurrection.


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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Seekers & Skeptics 28 July 1999
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I've read many books on the historical reliability (and unreliability) of the New Testament; I've seen many educated opinions varying in every way; I done studies many resurrections-centered topics; but I've never seen a book quite like this! Morrison takes nothing for granted. He trusts his instincts, and, though coming shy of any kind of Biblical-Christian opinion, he beautifully defends the resurrection in this short examination. As a doubter I find it difficult to swallow what many Christians take for granted in their own faith. This book is not like most. However, as a believer I was thrown by Morrison into the last week of Jesus' life (and the following weeks) as I never have by any lecture or writing. Morrison brings to light many historical details missed my so many people (including myself). He is easy to read and difficult to put down.
To the skeptics: I was once a skeptic. It was not a brief reading of one or two apologetic works that convinced me; instead, it was months and months of hard research, with this book as one of the many highlights. I encourage all to read this.
Morrison's book will forever remain one of my personal favorites.
Luke Gilkerson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I remember it 14 Oct 2013
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I first read this book when I was about 15 and loved it, so when I saw it again I really wanted to read it. Unfortunately it did not have the same impact on me this time round. Obviously the book hasn't changed so it must be me. I found it rather tedious in parts even though the subject matter should be one of the most fascinating possible. I felt that the writer made some sweeping conclusions and presented them as fact. The biggest disappointment to me was, I still don't know who moved the stone....did I miss something ?
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down. 21 Jun 2013
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I felt this book was a bit erratic, jumping all over the place. There was so much suggestion at the possibilities of who moved the stone that I got lost in the journey. I bought this book to read before passing it on to a new Christian who had many questions. I didn't pass it on after reading it.
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52 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing 20 May 2002
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This book, as well as being a gripping read, is a very convinving account of what happened to Jesus in those last days of His life before His crucifixion. But this is really only there to set up the scene. It is Jesus' resurrection which the book sets out to convince us of and it does so very well.
Granted, it relies heavily on the accounts written by Jesus' desciples. But then I've never quite understood why people object to this. Why are we more willing to listen to biased anti-Christian writers like Tacitus and Josephus who wrote long after the events, got there information very second hand and whose writtings we scarcely have any copies written less than 700 years after the originals! With the gospels you eye witness (or in some cases once removed) accounts that were written no more than 30 years after the events took place (and probably long before that), by people who dies for what they had written (so they had to be pretty convinced it was true) and copies of which we have within 100 years of the originals and many fragments much earlier than this. So I think he has every right to use such historical documents as he does. And as to them being inconsistent - they contain just the inconsistencies that you would expect between different eye witnesses. If they were identical then I would smell a rat.
Oh, and in case you were wondering. What little Josephus and Tacitus say about Jesus, agrees with the gospels anyway.
So well done Frank Morison. If you read this boook with an open mind you will surely be convinced of the truth of Christ's resurrection. And if that is true, well then that means we need to take His teaching about Himself pretty seriously too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earnest but flawed argument 9 Jun 2013
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This book was recommended to me by a Christian friend and, as a non-believer, I would thoroughly recommend it to others: believers and non-believers alike. The book is an earnest attempt to understand, in secular terms, the days up to and following Jesus' death. The thrust of the book is that everything at that time, except the resurrection of Jesus, is explainable in secular terms, therefore the resurrection must be true. For me, however, there are a number of flaws in the argument:

1. The author often has recourse to the 'truth is stranger than fiction' argument; or, "if the Gospel writers were going to make this up, they wouldn't have made this up". My issue with this is that the argument is made through the lens of the 20th century, not the 1st century.

2. The author makes a lot of the abrupt change in the disciples following the resurrection as evidence of the cathartic event they had experienced. In fact, he makes much of the 7 week gap between the crucifixion and the disciples first speech at the Feast. Anyone with children who have left home or even moved from junior to secondary school will know that seven weeks is plenty of time for a "sudden" change to occur.

3. The author often looks at the actions of the players (disciples, priests, etc.) in the immediate days following the crucifixion in terms of what Christianity became many years later. I can well imagine the immediate reaction of the priests being one that it was all nonsense (Jesus has risen but won't present himself) and would blow over. Think David Icke or Sabbatai Zevi for example.

4. Much is made of the women visiting the tomb and their inability to move the stone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Asking important questions
Did Jesus really rise from the grave? It's a question that has been asked for centuries, and Frank Morrison, a lawyer and a journalist, brought his forensic mind and writing... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jimmy Morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Book recommended to me
The book was interesting but quite hard going at the beggining. Once you get into the style it is a fascinating read.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Lyn Langford
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This is a wonderful book. If thee are any sceptics re' the resurrection of Jesus Christ out there, then this is the book you should read.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Anthony Green
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
‘Over the years a number of people have written books that set out to impartially investigate the evidence surrounding Christ’s resurrection, the most famous being ‘Who moved the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Carr
3.0 out of 5 stars WHO MOVED THE STONE
HEAVY GOING BUT IT IS A VERY STRONG SUBJECT SO I KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT. VERY INFORMATIVE BUT NOT HOLIDAY READING
Published 3 months ago by MARIE MARGARET DIANE HALLAM
3.0 out of 5 stars Logical Inferences, Dated Presentation
Who Moved the Stone? was an enjoyable read.

Morison's main contention is to show that the tomb of Jesus was indeed empty on that first Easter morning. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. T. E. Rochester
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly got me thinking
I was recommended to read this book, and I can see why. I am so glad I read it and a must read for any "not quite convinced" persons.
Published 4 months ago by JO STIBBARDS
3.0 out of 5 stars Assumes you have good knowledge of the Gospels
This is a good book but understandably the language is a bit dated and you have to have a detailed knowledge of the Gospels to fully appreciate it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lufty
5.0 out of 5 stars Who maoved the Stone?
Frank Morison I believe was a lawyer by profession. He was looking into Christianity and decided that it all hung on one event in history the Resurrection of Jesus; did it really... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark Brislin
3.0 out of 5 stars Who moved the stone
the delivery speed and the price were excellent. The book itself was a disappointment it left more questions than it tried to answer. I wouldn't recommend it as a read.
Published 8 months ago by Dorothy Tomlinson
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