August 10, 2017
Date(s) - 10/08/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christianity stands or falls on the claim that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead on Easter Sunday thus conquering death, our ultimate enemy. The resurrection is the basis for each Christian’s hope, confidence and reason for living. We believe that we have good reasons for believing in the resurrection, but the Christian claim is highly contested. One of the counter arguments is that the gospel accounts are contradictory. One often cited example is that the gospels do not agree on the number and identity of the women who visited the empty tomb.
The gospels mention the women during Jesus’ ministry, at the cross, the burial, at the tomb and also mention appearances of Jesus to the women. This talk will look at each of these events and compare the gospel accounts. The results are quite startling. The women are extremely important, despite being undervalued in the ancient world. The male disciples deserted Jesus in his crucial hour but the women remained loyal at the cross, the burial and went to the tomb to anoint his body. The women are in fact the primary witnesses to the most significant event in human history. They are also a primary source underlying the gospels and contribute greatly to their plausibility. Most knowledge about their lives is now lost, but their impact will endure forever.
Kevin Rogers is a research fellow and lecturer at the University of South Australia. He is also the director of Reasonable Faith Adelaide.