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In Which Sense has the Conviction that Jesus was Resurrected the “Certainty of Fact”?

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The real Jesus is accessible only through images formed through different perspectives on him. For the Christians, the self-image of Christ is vindicated by the resurrection, and this is "the real Jesus". The question about the "real" Jesus is answered by a combination of images and perspectives, and it implies a constant shift from the perspective of an historian to the perspective of a theologian and vice versa. And at the core of that answer lies the concept of "God's perspective" on Jesus on the one hand, the Christian's conviction of the reality of the resurrection on the other hand, and on the nonexistent third hand a thesis on the self-understanding of Jesus. It turns out that a lot has been learnt from the paper of Michael Wolter, and the author suggests a way to deal with the "certainty of fact" regarding the apparitions and the resurrection.

Keywords: apparition; Christian's conviction; historical Jesus; Michael Wolter; real Jesus; resurrection

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