B OOK L IST Books on the Historical Jesus LÜDEMANN, Gerd, The Resurrection of Christ: A Historical Inquiry (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2004), hb, 248 pp. ISBN 1591022452. $26.00. This volume reﬂects developments in Lüdemann’s thinking beyond his 1994 volume, The Resurrection of Jesus: History, Experience, Theology . In the earlier volume he argued that the resurrection was not historical, but Christian faith could still be based exclusively on the his- torical Jesus. In this latest volume Lüdemann concludes that the non-historicity of the resurrec- tion ‘ultimately annuls the Christian heritage as error’ (pp. 7-8). The volume begins with an analysis of both canonical and extra-canonical early Christian texts on Jesus’ resurrection (in a less technical manner than his earlier work). Lüdemann concludes that the appearance traditions and the empty-tomb traditions have nothing in common. Some of the appearance traditions are the result of visionary experiences by the disciples, but the location of these original visions of the resurrected Jesus were in Galilee, not Jerusalem. Lüdemann then traces the origins of the ‘self-deception’ (p. 153) of the early Christian belief in Jesus’ resurrection to the visions of Jesus in heaven by Peter and later Paul. This developed into
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