Fulfilled Prophecy or Fish Story? What did Jesus mean when he said the resurrection was the “sign of Jonah”?

One of the greatest pieces of evidence we have for the resurrection of Jesus is the creed in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5. Virtually all scholars agree that Paul is quoting oral tradition that predates his conversion. Normally we tend to focus on the appearances as proof of the very early belief of the bodily resurrection of Christ and that’s definitely a good thing. That’s kind of what this site is all about. But notice that this creed provides a two-fold proof. It lays out eyewitness testimony, but it goes a step beyond that. It makes the bold claim Jesus death and resurrection fulfills prophecy. Let’s read it: “For what I received I passed on to you … Read more

Critics say that Jesus never predicted his resurrection. These statements were allegedly put in Jesus’ mouth to further their theology. There are two big reasons why that’s false.

Over and over in the Gospels, we read that Jesus predicted his own death and resurrection. Like Babe Ruth, he called his own shot. This prediction may have fallen on deaf ears, but nevertheless, his disciples should not have been surprised on the first Easter. Yet critical historical Jesus scholars tell us that he never really said those things. These were sayings put in Jesus’ mouth after belief in the resurrection. It’s a bit like the story of George Washington admitting to cutting down the cherry tree. It probably never happened even if you did hear it in elementary school. This fun little story was projected backward to make Washington look like he was a … Read more

No, the resurrection accounts in the Bible are not “fake news” because they are written by biased sources. Why the “Biased Testimony” objection fails.

This is the age of fake news. Distrust of the media has never been higher. There aren’t all bad reasons for that. We’ve all seen the press skewing things to suit a political narrative. Both sides have been guilty. It’s gotten so bad, you even have social media companies trying to combat fake news. Funny enough, they often reveal their own biases in the process. And to add to the irony, on those same platforms, we have the President constantly calling out certain members of the press for fake news! So yeah. We got some trust issues. This is the cultural background we’re living in. In this age of hyper-awareness of bias, Christians have the … Read more