Kris Komarnitsky’s Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection

Kris Komarnitsky, author of Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened In The Black Box?, just put out a second edition of the book. He asked me to help promote it, which I was happy to do because I think it’s a great book. Here’s the review I just posted on Amazon:

I’m an atheist blogger who’s spent years following the debate over Jesus’ resurrection, and have read countless books by authors on both sides of the debate. Having done this, I can say without a doubt that Kris Komarnitsky’s book is one of the best skeptical takes out there—possibly the best.

My only complaint is that Komarnitsky decided not to cover some of the basic issues in Biblical scholarship, such as the authorship of the gospels. If don’t know your Biblical scholarship 101 (which you don’t, if you know only what Christian apologists say about the Bible), I recommend reading Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection alongside Bart Ehrman’s Jesus, Interrupted.

In spite of this caveat, I hope everyone who cares about the subject of Jesus’ resurrection reads this excellent book.

  • Greg G.

    The first link doesn’t work.

    If you take the resurrection from the early epistles, the common threads with the gospels are the name “Jesus”, the crucifixion, and a few ideas that were turned into Jesus words. Then there are the three sidekicks of the gospels that are the three pillars in Galatians. Mark 7 has many parallels with the argument in Galatians 2 with Jesus and Paul taking the same side.

    I would suggest reading Dennis R. MacDonald’s The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark followed by Randel Helms’ Gospel Fictions .

    MacDonald shows how Mark used mimesis on The Odyssey and The Iliad for Jesus’ travels around the Sea of Galilee and the Passion narrative. He shows how Mark strategically has Jesus speaking the most powerful parts of the conversations from his sources.

    Helms shows that the miracles come from Moses, Elijah, and Elisha but it’s clearer when you see Mark is using mimesis on the OT, too. Also, when Helms refers to oral tradition that fill in the set up for the OT contributions, you realize he is really referring to contributions from the Greek literature.

  • Nolan
  • Y. A. Warren

    I believe very little of the Jesus story is historically accurate, but I am a big fan of the path that they point to for those wishing to live on a more peaceful planet.

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