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The Resurrection of Jesus: do extra-canonical sources change the landscape?

F P Viljoen, A E Buglass

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 26, No 3 (2005), 851-866. doi: 10.4102/ve.v26i3.254

Submitted: 03 October 2005
Published:  03 October 2005


The resurrection of Jesus is assumed by the New Testament to be a historical event. Some scholars argue, however, that there was no empty tomb, but that the New Testament accounts are midrashic or mythological stories about Jesus.  In this article extra-canonical writings are investigated to find out what light it may throw on intra-canonical tradition. Many extra-canonical texts seemingly have no knowledge of the passion and resurrection, and such traditions may be earlier than the intra-canonical traditions. Was the resurrection a later invention?  Are intra-canonical texts developments of extra-canonical tradition, or vice versa?  This article demonstrates that extra-canonical texts do not materially alter the landscape of enquiry.

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F P Viljoen, North-west University - Potchefstroom campus, South Africa
A E Buglass, North-west University - Potchefstroom campus, South Africa



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