Most recently, James Crossley and Gary Habermas debated the Resurrection of Jesus on Unbelievable. Someone posted the following info about the debate on Evernote:
In the Crossley (an agnostic) Habermas (a Christian) discussion last week, a passage of a Jewish transmission text from an early letter of Paul was discussed in some detail.
‘The resurrection appearances are some of the hardest, best evidence we have” because it’s in early 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 creed.’ ” James Crossley (atheist)
Crossley reads 1 Corinthians 15 ……
“For among the first things I passed on to you was what I also received, namely this: The Messiah died for our sins, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; and he was buried; and he was raised on the third day, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; and he was seen by Kefa, then by the Twelve; and afterwards he was seen by more than five hundred brothers at one time, the majority of whom are still alive, though some have died. Later he was seen by Ya‘akov, then by all the emissaries; and last of all he was seen by me, even though I was born at the wrong time.”
Crossley then says:
‘Now that’s a tradition that’s handed on, this is Paul, we know this is Paul, writing mid-50s, this is kind of gold, this is the evidence I wish we had across the board’ The language of ‘receiving’ and ‘passing on’ is typical rabbinic language.
Crossley is soaked in all of this and the halakhic dialogues in Mark are one of the reasons he dates Mark so early.
The writer on Evernote than asks, What are the other atheists here to make of this rabbinic tradition in early Christianity?Here is my response to it:1. Note that Crossley (the agnostic) is the one acknowledging and discussing the value the early date of the creed of 1 Cor 15.2. To see a detailed post about the early dating of 1 Cor 15:3-8, see our post called The Earliest Record for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus3. Also see our post called A Look at the Evidence for the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus4. Note the comment: What are the other atheists here to make of this rabbinic tradition in early Christianity? Most likely, they will bring up some of the issues that are discussed in this post here: “But Paul Never Met Jesus”And Other Bad Arguments About Paul On The Internet