This page is part of the Death of Jesus curriculum unit.
Suggested lesson plans are available for each session at the following pages:
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No discussion of the death of Jesus can be complete without also noting the message of Easter: that death did not have the final word on Jesus. Rather, that God has raised Jesus to life beyond death, and that as the risen Lord he is a source of hope and blessing to his followers.
You should conclude this unit by carefully studying the various Easter stories in class, noting their similarities and differences just as you did for the accounts of Jesus’ death. Here are some links to help you find the most appropriate passages:
- 017 Resurrection of Jesus - Early Christian texts on the resurrection of Jesus
- 275 The Empty Tomb - The empty tomb traditions
One of the most extended treatments of the resurrection in the New Testament is to be found in 1 Corinthians 15.
A close reading of the various NT materials indicates some patterns of agreement and disagreement:
Please note that while an inquiry into the death of Jesus can be undertaken entirely within the realm of historical investigation, Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus (however that term is understood) is beyond the realm of history.
The segments “Burial and Tomb” and “Conclusions” from the BBC Son of God series may be helpful to use as this unit concludes just before we prepare for the Easter celebrations.