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by Joseph Holden, PhD - 3 months

The James Ossuary: The Earliest Witness to Jesus and His Family?

One of the earliest and most important discoveries relating to the historicity of Jesus and members of his family is the limestone bone-box (called an ossuary) made known to the public in October, 2002. Ossuaries were used by Israel from about the second century BC until the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. Over ten thousand such ossuaries have been discovered but only about one hundred contain inscriptions. O...

Apologetics / by Joseph Holden, PhD - about 1 year

Evidence for the Resurrection: The Nature of Christ’s Resurrected Physical Body

In this final part of this series, we will discuss the nature and significance of Christ’s resurrected body. Specifically, answering the crucial questions that mark the dividing line between heresy and orthodoxy (cf. I John 4:2; 2 John 7), as well as highlighting the great benefits of Christ’s resurrection. Was Christ’s resurrected body a spiritual (invisible) body or physical (material) body? Some...

Apologetics / by Joseph Holden, PhD - about 1 year

Evidence for the Resurrection: Was it Real?

In an earlier post, we discussed Christ’s resurrection as an unique event that differs in kind from all other ancient near eastern myths of dying and rising fertility gods. In this section, we address two crucial questions: 1) What about the skep...

Apologetics / by Joseph Holden, PhD - over 3 years

Evidence for the Resurrection: Is Easter Just More of the Same?

It has been said that “the resurrection of Christ is the capstone in the arch of Christianity, if it is removed Christianity crumbles.” Indeed, Paul warned of the negative implications if Christ did not rise from the dead, namely, we are still in our sins, our faith is empty, those who have died have perished forever, and we are men most miserable (1 Cor. 15:16-19). That the resurrection is the core of the Christi...