If Jesus did not die upon the cross: A study in evidence


The Last Supper, ca. 1520, Andrea di Bartoli Solario, after Leonardo da Vinci, oil on canvas, currently in the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, Tongerlo Abbey.

This is a small booklet with a very descriptive title, written by an Australian Judge, in 1920. He became a judge of the District Court and chairman of Quarter Sessions for the north-western district in 1881.  He retired in 1918 after the passage of the Judges Retirement Act.

He examines the limitations in the so called testimony of the apostles about resurrection in his book.
He makes several strong points against resurrection of Jesus, may peace be on him, but one that can be described in a few lines is quoted here:

“He (Jesus) expressed his forebodings to His disciples, I firmly believe; I am equally convinced that He did not predict His rising again. The Conduct of the disciples after crucifixion shows that they had no expectation of a resurrection; and it is altogether incredible that they could have forgotten a prediction so remarkable.”

This basically means that there was no reason for disciples to freak out, when Jesus was arrested.  If they were in on the plan, they should have felt reassured that everything is going according to the plan and not acted the way they did.  All events starting with the Garden of Gethsemane, to crucifixion, to the empty tomb and the post-crucifixion sightings would have a different atmosphere if they had known that Jesus was on a suicidal mission and events were unfolding according to a pre-determined plan!

There are 14 parts of this short booklet by Ernest Brougham Docker, published in 1920.  The fifth part concludes with this paragraph:

“Dr. Sparrow Simpson also goes too far when he says (p. 47): ‘Believing as we do that all the evidence concurs in declaring that the grave was vacant, the interpretation of the fact must be ultimately one of two things: either this was a human work, or else it was the work of God. Either human hands removed the corpse or the Almighty raised the dead. That is exactly the question.’ I venture to submit that that is not exactly the question. What if the supposed corpse was not really dead, and revived? I confidently submit that this interpretation of the fact of the vacant grave is ample and satisfactory. It postulates neither fraud nor miracle.”

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The picture is of a painting about the last supper.


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