The four Gospels all mention the empty tomb of Christ, which has become a mainstay of modern apologetics.
But some argue that the idea of the empty tomb was a late development in early Christianity—that it only arose decades after the Crucifixion, and that early Christians thought Jesus had been “spiritually” raised from the dead, not literally.
It was only with the passage of time that this spiritual resurrection was interpreted as a literal one, leading to the idea of the empty tomb.
In arguing for this view, advocates of this view might ask why earlier documents of the New Testament don’t mention the empty tomb.
This is, in fact, something that Philip Jenkins is wondering about . . ....READ MORE