“New Testament Resurrection Narratives”


“New Testament Resurrection Narratives”


This paper will be focus on the different accounts of Jesus’ resurrection and resurrection appearances found in the Christian New Testament.

You have five relatively short Bible passages to work with. The first and oldest is Paul’s account of his own preaching found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-9. Note that Paul does not tell stories but rather refers to stories in sermons that he has previously preached.
Then look at Mark 16:1-8. Notice in your textbook Bible that the original Gospel according to Mark ended at verse 8. In some various manuscripts of the Gospel of Mark, three different longer endings were added to Mark, and your text book Bible provides you will all three. Note that in these three added endings nothing new is suggested that has not been taken from the later Gospels according to Matthew, Luke, and John.
Then look at Matthew chapter 28. Note that once Jesus is raised from the dead, everything takes place in Galilee.
Then look at Luke chapter 24, and supplement this with Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11. Notice that all Jesus’ appearances take place in Judea, in and near Jerusalem.
Finally look at John chapters 20 and 21. Note that in chapter 20 the appearances take place in Jerusalem, and in chapter 21 the appearance takes place in Galilee. Note how John’s Gospel chapter 20 seems to be the end of the Gospel, and chapter 21 appears to be a separate, different ending added on to the Gospel that ends in chapter 20.

The point of this paper is simple comparison and acknowledgement of differences.
That God raised Jesus from the dead is the primary doctrine of Christianity, and the foundation for all other doctrines. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:14,17: “… if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain, and your faith has been in vain…. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins.”
Yet the basis for this fundamental Christian truth is found in quite diverse and seeming conflicting accounts in the five passages you will look at. In your paper, this is not a problem to be solved. Rather describe the phenomena and look for the truth and beauty that each account offers in support of the faith of those who come to these stories.

Begin your paper with an introduction, acknowledging the different resurrection accounts, and state how you will approach your comparison of these accounts. In the body of your paper contrast the differences but try to emphasize the individual beauty and truth of each account. In a concluding paragraph sum up what you have done and the overall significance of what you have learned.

Most important is that your paper present your own ideas in your own words, with appropriate citations to the biblical verses that are the basis for what you say. Very short biblical quotations with citations to support important points in your paper are appropriate, but do not make your paper a collection of Bible quotations. I will only grade your own thinking and your writing.

I am looking for your ability to carefully and accurately summarize different findings and points of view. At the end of your paper, you may present your own carefully considered summary thoughts and opinions in respect to what was new to you, what surprised you, and what challenged you.


As a religion, Christianity is not founded on emptiness. It is founded on strong faith that Jesus Christ, the son of God, came to the world to save humanity, he was persecuted, crucified on the cross, and rose from the dead on the third day. The belief in the resurrection of Christ is the most important tenet of Christian doctrine.  Without belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there would be not Christianity. Resurrection was not just an act of confirming Christianity faith but it was prophesied by the prophets who came before Jesus Christ. Resurrection was manifestation of the power of God through his son Jesus Christ. However, many people have questioned the resurrection of Jesus Christ based on the different accounts that are given in the bible.  Although different accounts shows resurrection took place at different places, the basic fact on which Christianity is founded is that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Christianity is not founded on the belief that Jesus rose from death and different in the accounts is of not so much interest in Christianity.  This paper will analyze the different accounts of resurrection to affirm that Jesus Christ really rose from death.