Wednesday, 26 November 2008

The Gospel on the back of a postcard

Craig Blomberg has a helpful post in which he makes a fairly tight argument for the resurrection being reported within a year of it happening. He cites what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 as evidence that the events surrounding the death and resurrection had been formalised into a creed by the time of Paul's conversion. He maintains that, therefore, they had been in circulation less formally before Paul's conversion which probably occurred about two years after the ascension of Christ to heaven.

What struck me about Blomberg's post was that the gospel had been condensed into the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. This happened according to the scriptures (Old Testament scriptures) and His resurrection was confirmed by the twelve and then by five hundred witnesses.

Everything else flows out of these events. Perhaps one of the factors in the rapid spread of the gospel, amongst others, was that it was quickly and formally summarised and therefore could be passed on easily without losing anything important.

You can read Blomberg's post here

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