One of the arguments laymen skeptics and atheists like to make against Jesus’ resurrection is that the early Christians borrowed this idea from supposed pagan resurrection stories. While most scholars don’t accept this, it will be good to know what it is when you hear it brought up.
We will see in the two short videos that these pagan myths are nothing at all like the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will also see that Jesus’ resurrection was in sharp contrast to the expectations of Second Temple Judaism in the first century, which refutes the skeptic’s argument that the early Christians ransacked the Old Testament Scriptures in order to come up with a resurrection story of their own.
I will try to state this as clearly as I can. There is nothing in ancient pagan, Egyptian, Babylonian, Greco-Roman, or even Jewish history that compares to the bodily resurrection and glorification of Jesus Christ, nor had it even entered into anyone’s mind what God was going to do. It was totally unprecedented and unanticipated, as Paul put it so succinctly:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor.2:7-9 NKJV – emphasis added)
This first short clip is from Godnewevidence titled, “Was the story of Jesus rising from the dead borrowed from pagan myths?” In this video, experts debunk the popular myth that skeptics like to put forth that the origins of the Christian resurrection came from pagan sources.
I’ve included this second clip from InspiringPhilosophy because it continues along the same line of argumentation that the other videos used in parts one and two. This also has more background on Second Temple Jewish Messianic expectations, comparing that to Jesus’ resurrection.
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