Many Many Eyewitnesses:
|People Who Saw Jesus’ Alive
|Two women outside of Jerusalem
|Two travellers on the road to Emmaus
|Peter in Jerusalem
|Ten disciples in the upper room
|Eleven disciples in the upper room
|Seven disciples fishing
|Eleven disciples on the mountain in Galilee
|More than five hundred people
||1 Corinthian 15:5
||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.