They tell me that the internet is where religion goes to die, but they also tell me the internet is full of poor research and unreasonable arguments.
We are going to get pretty technical today. Lots of different threads of evidence will be explained and drawn together to support the factuality of the burial of Jesus by Joseph of Arimathea. This may seem like it’s not a big deal if you haven’t recognized the evidential value of the burial and empty tomb for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. I’ll be drawing from the work of a number of different scholars (Craig Evans is particularly helpful) and responding to the work of Dr. Bart Ehrman, who has influenced countless people to reject the resurrection of Christ.
This is part 67 of the Mark Series, going verse-by-verse through the Gospel of Mark. Today we are in Mark 15:42-46.
See the WHOLE Gospel of Mark playlist HERE.
Here are resources I’ll mention in the video:
- How Jesus Became God, by Bart Ehrman
- How God Became Jesus, a response to Ehrman by 5 scholars
- Article on chemical analysis of nails from Caiaphas’ ossuary – “Petrochemistry of Sediment and Organic Materials Sampled from Ossuaries and Two Nails from the Tomb of the Family of the High Priest Caiaphas, Jerusalem”
- Jody Magness’ article on why the archaeological data supports the historicity of the burial of Jesus by Joseph of Arimathea. “Ossuaries and the Burials of Jesus and James”
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