Re: [XTalk] bw III on the James Ossuary- Holding firm in the face of all contrary evidence!
- According to the Witherington interview:
'...but let me say why this is such an important
issue. The James Ossuary is an indirect testimony to
the resurrection of Jesus. The reason I say that is
you don't brag about being related to Jesus if the
last thing that happened to him was that he died on a
cross that was the most shocking way to die in
antiquity. So the fact that this ossuary reads, "Jesus
the son of Joseph, his brother is Jesus" is very
clear that this person is claiming to be related to
Jesus and he wouldn't be claiming that if Jesus died
on the cross and there was no resurrection.'
I would have thought that all this line of thought
could possibly prove is that people *believed* Jesus
was resurrected. But then we know that anyway. If we
take Witherington's logic one step further, the
earliest Christian literature would not be making such
claims about if there was no resurrection, right? If I
am being fair, then that would be some leap of logic.
Dept of Biblical Studies
University of Sheffield, UK
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