Preaching the Resurrection
From its beginning the church’s faith and proclamation has been driven by the claim that Christ is risen. On some occasions preachers preach texts that deal directly with Jesus’ resurrection. On every occasion the validity of preaching depends on the assumption that the preacher does not just describe an historical figure but proclaims a living Lord. Yet from the first century to our own time Christians have portrayed faith in Christ’s resurrection and the implications of that faith in quite different ways. And from the first century to our time preachers preach this central claim from different perspectives and with different implications. The purpose of this course is to study some of the exegetical and theological sources for understanding and preaching resurrection. Each day we shall look at one strand of the New Testament witness to resurrection—Paul, Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. At the same time we will consider the writings of a theologian whose reflections can help inspire a conversation with the biblical texts. The format of each session will include reflections by the instructors and discussion among the whole class.
David Bartlett is Professor of New Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary and Lantz Professor Emeritus of Preaching at YDS, where he also served for eleven years as Academic Dean.
David H. Kelsey is Luther Weigle Professor Emeritus of Theology at Yale Divinity School. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in theology from the University of Tübingen in 2012 and he delivered the Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2011.