From the Preface:
Resurrection is the central belief in Christianity and why the early Christians believed has always fascinated me (the author, Bernard Brandon Scott). I have spent the majority of my career investigating the historical Jesus but I have remained intrigued about how early followers got from Jesus on earth to Jesus in heaven.
Doubt and uncertainty are part of our discussion. Often we are in gray areas where we know less than we think we know. The trick is to know when we are on terra firma and when it is shifting beneath our feet. I will try to be as honest as I can and ask of the reader an openness and a criticalness. We often will be dealing with hypotheses and there is a temptation to say, "Well, it's just a hypothesis." The word "just" is often used to dismiss. But a hypothesis is the way we assemble the data in order to make sense of it. We have no option but to engage in hypothetical thinking, otherwise we just quit thinking.
We also are often tempted to argue, "Well, it could have happened." "Could" is another knotty word. Almost anything could have happened. The real question is, "What is the probability of it happening?" With history we are always dealing in probabilities, what is likely.
We sill start this study April 21, 2013.