What does the resurrection story mean?

In their book The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus's Final Week in Jerusalem, Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan differentiate between historical truth and parabolic truth in the resurrection accounts. They argue that “What does it mean?” is a more important question than “Did it really happen?” and that parable and parabolic language can make truth claims.

Without engaging that debate, I can say with confidence that the people who crowd into churches on Easter didn’t come to hear the preacher’s opinion on the historicity of the accounts. They do come to hear about what it means. “If you believe the tomb was empty, fine; now, what does this story mean?”


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