Why I Believe Jesus Christ was Bodily Resurrected #7

Many Many Eyewitnesses:

People Who Saw Jesus’ Alive Bible References
Two women outside of Jerusalem Matthew 28:9-10
Mary Magdalene John 20:15-18
Two travellers on the road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-32
Peter in Jerusalem Luke 24:34
Ten disciples in the upper room John 20:19-25
Eleven disciples in the upper room John 20:26-31
Seven disciples fishing John 21:1-23
Eleven disciples on the mountain in Galilee Matthew 28:16-20
More than five hundred people 1 Corinthian 15:5
James 1 Corinthians 15:7
Many disciples who watched Jesus ascending into heaven Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:3-8

(This table taken from Little, “Know Why You Believe”, p45.)

This claim that many people witnessed the resurrection is important for these reasons:

  • They explain the concrete memory of events with the risen Christ – eating meals etc.
  • The large amount of people explains the large number of proclaiming witnesses which led to such explosive growth.
  • The more witnesses are claimed, the easier it should be for someone to disprove – but this did not happen.

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