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Trial of the Witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus   By: (1678-1761)

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In "Trial of the Witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus," Thomas Sherlock examines the credibility of eyewitness testimonies regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a prominent eighteenth-century theologian and bishop, Sherlock brings his extensive knowledge and logical reasoning to dissect the accounts presented by the disciples.

The book takes on the form of a legal trial, where the witnesses are summoned one by one, presenting their narratives of the events leading up to and after Jesus' resurrection. Sherlock diligently cross-examines each witness, delving into the details of their testimonies while scrutinizing their credibility. Throughout the process, he explores the consistency of the accounts, the motives of the witnesses, and their personal experiences surrounding the resurrection.

Sherlock's approach to the topic is both comprehensive and persuasive. Drawing from historical and biblical sources, he presents a compelling argument in favor of the authenticity of the resurrection narratives. He skillfully addresses potential objections and counterarguments, leaving no stone unturned. Sherlock's legal framework adds another layer of intellectual rigor, making the book both engaging and accessible to a wide range of readers.

One of the standout qualities of Sherlock's writing is his ability to present complex theological concepts in a clear and concise manner. He dispels misunderstandings and misconceptions surrounding the resurrection of Jesus, ensuring that readers of various backgrounds can grasp and appreciate the significance of the testimony presented. He expertly bridges the gap between academic scholarship and popular discourse, making this book an invaluable resource for theologians, scholars, and everyday believers alike.

Moreover, "Trial of the Witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus" serves as a thought-provoking exploration into the nature of faith and belief. Sherlock highlights the psychological and emotional transformations experienced by the witnesses, arguing that their unwavering commitment to spreading the message of Jesus' resurrection cannot be adequately explained by mere fabrication or delusion. Instead, he posits that their resolute conviction is a testament to the authenticity and life-altering power of the event they claim to have witnessed.

The only minor critique one could offer is the occasional repetition of certain arguments and examples. While this repetition reinforces Sherlock's main points, it may sometimes be redundant for readers who are already well-versed in the subject matter. Nonetheless, this is a minor flaw that does not significantly detract from the overall strength and impact of the book.

In conclusion, "Trial of the Witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus" is a compelling and intellectually rigorous examination of the Biblical accounts surrounding Jesus' resurrection. Thomas Sherlock's systematic analysis, combined with his logical reasoning and theological expertise, offers a persuasive defense of the credibility of the witnesses. This book is a valuable resource that deepens our understanding of the resurrection event and its implications for the Christian faith.

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Typescript converted to computer file by Lee Dunbar July 2002


N.B. Not only Mr. Woolston's objections in his Sixth Discourse on our Saviour's Miracles, but those also which he and others have published in other Books, are here considered.

First Published about the Year 1729

THE T R I A L OF THE WITNESSES OF THE Resurrection of Jesus

We were, not long since, some Gentlemen of the inns of court together, each to other so well known, that no man's presence was a confinement to any other, from speaking his mind on any subject that happened to arise in conversation. The meeting was without design, and the discourse, as in like cases, various. Among other things we fell upon the subject of Woolston's trial and conviction, which had happened some few days before. That led to a debate, How the law finds in such cases? what punishment it inflicts? and, in general, whether the law ought at all to interpose in controversies of this kind? We were not agreed in these points. One, who maintained the favorable side to Woolston, discovered a great liking and approbation of his discourses against the miracles of Christ, and seemed to think his arguments unanswerable. To which another replied, I wonder that one of your abilities, and bred to the profession of the law, which teaches us to consider the nature of evidence, and its proper weight, can be of that opinion: I am sure you would be unwilling to determine a property of five shillings upon such evidence, as you now think material enough to overthrow the miracles of Christ... Continue reading book >>

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