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The Reality of the Resurrection
The New Testament Witness

By Stefan Alkier Translated by Leroy A. Huizenga Foreword by Richard B. Hays

The Reality of the Resurrection
Paperback, 351 pages $49.95
Published: 1st October 2013
ISBN: 9781602589773
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, New Testament

In The Reality of the Resurrection Stefan Alkier bridges the chasm between history and theology. Through a patient historical, canonical, and hermeneutical study, Alkier demonstrates that the resurrection of Jesus is inextricably bound to the general eschatological resurrection of the dead. Jesus’ resurrection is no isolated miracle but is instead the crucial disclosure of the nature of reality, the identity of God, and the destiny of human beings. Interpretation of Jesus’ resurrection is thus necessarily and unavoidably both historical and theological.

Through a descriptive exegetical survey of New Testament rhetoric, Alkier locates the resurrection of the Crucified One within a distinct narrative world. He then employs the semiotics of C. S. Peirce to develop a creative epistemology that avoids propositional literalism and modernist reductionism. Alkier finally outlines how resurrection impacts Christian praxis.

The Reality of the Resurrection witnesses to that which Paul names as of “first importance”—not only for the early Christian communities but also for the shaping of our communities today.

Foreword to the English Edition

Foreword to the German Edition


Part I

Resurrection and the New Testament

Exegetical Investigations

1 The Pauline Literature

2 Hebrews

3 Synoptic Gospels and Acts

4 The Johannine Writings

5 The Catholic Letters

Part II

Resurrection and the New Testament

Systematic Interpretations

6 The Fundamental Structure of Resurrection Discourse in the Writings of the New Testament and the Problem Posed for the Second Part of the Investigation

7 The Conception of Reality According to Categorical Semiotics

8 Semiotic Interpretation of the Phenomena of Resurrection Discourse in the Writings of the New Testament

9 Semiotic Interpretation of Protestant Resurrection Discourse Today

Part III

Resurrection and the New Testament

Ecclesial and Educational Praxis

10 Protestant Discourse about Death and Resurrection in Funeral Services

11 Resurrection as a Theme in Religious School Instruction

12 The Lord’s Supper as a Gift of the Resurrected Crucified One




"The Reality of the Resurrection is a thought-provoking work that not only makes a significant contribution to theological debates about the resurrection but also offers fresh perspectives on the relation between biblical studies and theology. Rather than attempting to fit resurrection into modernity’s conceptual categories, Alkier insists on an intellectual revolution, a transformation of the mind brought about by the resurrection as a real event by the power of God. Readers of these pages will be brought into a deeper encounter with a proclamation that the Apostle Paul describes as a matter of “first importance”—not only for the early Christian communities but also for the shaping of our communities today."

—Richard Hays, from the Foreword, Dean and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School

"...excellent set of essays on the book of Revelation."

—Bible Today (July 2013)

“…offers a stimulating and constructive engagement with the Apocalypse.”

—Grant Macaskill, Journal for the Study of the New Testament (35:5, August 2013)

“This work is provocative, innovative, erudite, yet replete with practical pedagogical implications, and well worth contemplating.”

—Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

“Stefan Alkier’s theologically insightful and spiritually uplifting reflections will supply the reader with many new horizons to explore concerning the significance of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and the Christian doctrine of immortality.”

—Paul Copan, Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University

"An important contribution to the necessary ongoing discussions of the resurrection and its significance"

—Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., Catholic Biblical Quarterly

Stefan Alkier (Ph.D., Bonn) is Professor of New Testament and the History of the Early Church, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main.  His past books include Zeichen aus Text und Stein: Studien auf dem Weg zu einer Archäologie des Neuen Testaments (with Jürgen Zangenberg, 2003), Wunder und Wirklichkeit in den Briefen des Apostels Paulus: Ein exegetischer Beitrag zu einem Wunderverständnis jenseits von Entmythologisierung und Rehistorisierung (2001), and Urchristentum: zur Geschichte und Theologie einer exegetischen Disziplin (1993).

Leroy A. Huizenga (Ph.D., Duke University) is Chair of the Department of Theology, Associate Professor of Theology, and the Director of the Christian Leadership Center at the University of Mary in Bismark, ND.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 351 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL006000, REL006220, REL067000
 Baylor University Press

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