The Puzzle of Impotent Roman and Jewish Opposition
The announcement of Jesus’ resurrection and Lordship began spreading 40 or so days after the death of Jesus. The authorities did everything in their power to undermine or discredit the Christian movement. Why were they not able to disprove the 1-2 month old claim of resurrection? Why could it not be properly discredited by consulting the relevant parties in the first 5 years or so?
The Roman and Jewish authorities did everything in their power to stop the Christian movement in its tracks. They were not just concerned with masochistic punishment of non-conformist Christians, they were adamant to disprove its message from the very beginning. They had every resource of empire and education. So why couldn’t they disprove the resurrection?