Resurrection Vol 1: Heart of New Testament Doctrine
From the “Heart of New Testament Doctrine” series, The Resurrection Volume 1 speaks on a central subject of our faith at a level intended for group study and discussion.
Though a highly qualified scholar, Habermas goes directly to the important applications of the meaning of the resurrection. In this study the Bible student will see the connection of the resurrection to other important doctrines of our faith. The centrality of the resurrection and how it relates to other basic teachings of Scripture is made clear. Seven chapters include:
- Focusing on the Resurrection
- The Resurrection as a sign for unbelievers
- What it means to “be raised like Jesus’
- The Resurrection as evidence of the truthfulness of Jesus’ teaching
- The Resurrection as a foretaste of heaven
- The resurrection and salvation
- How the Resurrection is at the center of New Testament theology
The author speaks of resurrection from the perspective of someone that has suffered painful personal loss, something that he discusses in the text. His words are more than another study, but they reflect his own personal journey.
Resurrection Volume 1 has 7 chapters and 119 pages.
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“Look at some of the studies on Jesus’ resurrection. They seem chiefly to focus on two central areas: apologetics and the gospel message of salvation. So when Christians think of this topic, it would not be surprising if they also directed their thoughts to these two subjects. After all, both of these messages are frequently found in the New Testament. Many wonderful books and articles have correctly centered on the gospel itself, as well as on defending the faith. These twin topics have been thoroughly addressed in literature.
As crucial as these areas are, this stance would miss many other aspects of the resurrection, which play a much larger and intricate part throughout the New Testament. I have often said that the resurrection is like a many-faceted diamond. Turn it one way and, like looking into the depths of the elegant gemstone, one finds the very center of the gospel proclamation. From another angle, it is our chief evidence for the truths of Christianity. Turn it other ways and it is connected to many other treasured doctrines. When the light hits from still other directions, it is connected to many everyday practices in the Christian life. This event truly does present many varying perspectives and believers need to cultivate the richness of each.
We begin with a discussion of the resurrection as the very center of the New Testament message. Then we look at this event as a sign for hardened, open-minded and sympathetic unbelievers. After addressing the nature of both the gospel facts and faith, we look at the truthfulness of Jesus’ teachings, especially what He said concerning Himself. Then we move on to other theological topics and the light that is shed on them by the resurrection event. For example, we also link this great event to the believer’s resurrection, as well as to other future events. Appropriately, our last topic concerns the glimpse that we get of heaven, provided for believers through the lens of the resurrection.” (pp. 9-10)
Check out Volume 2 to learn how the resurrection should impact the heart of the Christian life.
About the Author:
Dr. Gary R. Habermas is Distinguished Research Professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Liberty University. He also teaches in the Ph.D. program in theology and apologetics at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned the Ph.D. at Michigan State University and the M.A. from the University of Detroit.
He has authored, coauthored, or edited thirty-nine books and contributed more than sixty-five chapters or articles to other books. He has also written well over one hundred articles and reviews for journals and other publications. While his chief areas of research (and the topic of twenty of his books) are issues related to Jesus' resurrection, he has also published frequently on the afterlife, near death experiences, as well as the subjects of suffering and religious doubt.
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