Robert L Webb, McMaster Divinity College, Canada, writing for Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
"This volume is a collection of essays (most were published earlier; some appear here in revised form) on the subject of Jesus’ resurrection. In particular the collection is intended to counter the claims made by Christian apologists, William Lane Craig and Richard Swinburne in particular. . . . Whatever one’s position on this controversial subject, it is helpful to have these essays collected together for convenient use. The one drawback is that the recent work of N. T. Wright on this subject is not a significant conversation partner in any essay except one."
R. Joseph Hoffmann, Professor and Chair of Religion, Wells College, writing for Free Inquiry
"This massive anthology, compiled by the eminently readable Robert Price, a fellow of the now-infamous Jesus Seminar, and Jeffery Jay Lowder, a cofounder and past president of Internet Infidels, is something of a first in biblical studies: a collection of essays dealing with the question of the resurrection of Jesus as a fact of history. . . . This collection will therefore come as a treat for those who wonder whether there are other views out there--beyond the pale and unpersuasive assurances of liberal theology and the bold assertions of evangelical apologetics a la William Lane Craig. . . . This book is to be highly recommended for all the reasons cited by Robert Price in his lucid introduction. It is not a 'screed' against the Bible; it is an important compilation of issues, questions, and unresolved puzzles that must be taken seriously by anyone who still clings to the postulate of the resurrection of Jesus--as a matter of fact.”
Stephen T. Davis, Claremont McKenna College, author of Risen Indeed, writing for Philosophia Christi
"This is an important book, written by intelligent and informed scholars, that attacks the Christian claim that God raised Jesus from the dead. . . . [L]et me say that [The Empty Tomb] is a book that apologists for the resurrection should read. The authors have clearly done their homework; they advance interesting theses; and in general they argue skillfully for those theses. . . . [T]his book confirms what I mentioned at the outset and have long believed; it is possible for intelligent people to find principled reasons for rejecting the resurrection of Jesus. . . .”
International Review of Biblical Studies
"The NT account of Jesus' empty tomb first appears in the gospel of Mark, and all other accounts are embellishments of this tale, often introducing the idea of resurrection from the dead. The contributors to the present volume argue that not only the secondary elaborations, but also the Markan account is fictitious. . . . Students of the NT and of early Christianity will do well to consider the case made here, for it cannot be dismisses lightly.”
Glenn Balfour, Continental Theological Seminary, for Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Gerd Lüdemann, University of Göttingen, author of The Resurrection of Christ: A Historical Inquiry
"One can only hope this valuable collection will result in a renewed commitment to intelligent discourse concerning Christianity’s greatest miracle.”
Earl Doherty, author of The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ? and Challenging the Verdict: A Cross-Examination of Lee Strobel's "Case for Christ"
"The Western world has waited 1,900 years for this kind of fearless, rational examination of the Gospel portrayal of Jesus as a man rising from death in a physical body, leaving behind an empty tomb somewhere in the vicinity of Jerusalem. Robert Price and his colleagues not only take on traditional scholarship with its tacit basis in supernaturalism, but also expose the tricks and trifles of special-pleading apologists who would drang modern analysis of the Gospels back into a naive literalism. One has to applaud the wealth of logical reasoning, searching scholarship, and insight into ancient-world mindsets found in this refreshing symposium of essays. These authors not only champion the rational reevaluation of the New Testament, they become defenders of the Bible's integrity and its value as religious and historical literature--as Price puts it, 'an ancient text of mythology.' It is only on such a basis that the story of Jesus can continue to be relevant to the twenty-first century."
Austin Cline, guide of "About Atheism/Agnosticism" for About.com
"Not only are there are lot of different directions from which one can critique Christianity, but there are also a lot of different approaches one can take for critiquing the doctrine of the resurrection. Most of the critiques have appeared in academic, scholarly journals which simply aren't accessible to the average reader, but Robert M. Price and Jeffery Jay Lowder have brought together fifteen of the best critiques in a single, accessible book: The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond The Grave. You won't find every possible point of criticism here, but you'll find quite a few providing a great deal to think about. ... Those with some [background] knowledge ... will have an easier time and find a great deal to help them not only think more critically about Jesus' alleged resurrection, but also to debate believers about the subject."
Tim Callahan, author of The Secret Origins of the Bible and Bible Prophecy: Failure or Fulfillment?
"This collection of fifteen scholarly essays may be a bit too dry for many readers. . . . The tone of the essays in this book, while skeptical, is scholarly and dignified, not inflammatory or contemptuous. If you have an evangelical friend, particularly one who asserts the historicity of the Resurrection is a well attested fact, you might want to give him or her a copy of this book.”
Richard Ruble, John Brown University, for Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
"[T]he discussion is directed against the historicity of the empty tomb and the arguments of William Craig Lane [sic], 'widely regarded as its foremost contemporary defender' (p. 261). The viewpoints of other writers, including Richard Swinburne, Charles Hodge, Stephen Evans, Peter van Inwagen, Ronald Tacelli and Peter Kreeft, are examined. This book will perhaps appeal to theologians, philosophers, skeptics, defenders of the empty tomb, and anyone who likes the intellectual word-play of opposing views. The selected bibliography directs the interested reader to further resources which support both sides of the issue. . . . The book is modestly priced considering its length. It contains fifteen essays, plus indices of ancient sources, modern authors, and selected topics.”
"The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave is a collection of essays from the skeptic's corner, containing much to agree with, much to dispute, as each contributor deals with the resurrection inquiry in some way. ... This is an important collection of essays which should be on the shelf of anyone interested in the resurrection. Studies from the last few years have been impressive. Wright's Resurrection of the Son of God ('03) is good for understanding what resurrection meant to the early Christians, though perhaps not for its apologetics. Ludemann's Resurrection of Christ ('04) is a fair counter to some of Wright, though it doesn't offer the most comprehensive treatment of hallucinations/apparitions. Dale Allison's Resurrecting Jesus ('05) is of course the best study to date. The Empty Tomb supplements the Wright-Ludemann-Allison trilogy with verve and covers a lot of important ground."
"[A] bracing, dynamic collection of essays examining a central tenet of Christian faith--the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion... Sober, rigorous, and without any trace of malice, they nonetheless present a bold and inescapable challenge to orthodoxy. No reader, either believer or skeptic, can afford to ignore the arguments in this book." G.A. Wells, Professor Emeritus, University of London; author of Can We Trust the New Testament?
"Looking through the manuscript, it strikes me as a spendid vindication of Strauss's verdict on the resurrection, e.g., 'never has something so badly attested been intrinsically less credible.' It is also an extraordinarily thorough thinking through all the implications of the Christian doctrine--implications which few apologists even bother to consider."
Dr. Barbara Thiering, author of the bestseller Jesus and the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls
"It is not new for a few lonely, persecuted radicals to deny the resurrection of Jesus. What is new in this book is that such a number of competent, scrupulous scholars are agreeing that it did not happen, and going so far as attacking fundamentalists for propagating false and misleading views of the Bible."
Joe E. Barnhart, Professor of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas, author of Religion and the Challenge of Philosophy, The Study of Religion and Its Meaning, and The Billy Graham Religion Inquiry
"Price and his fellow authors study the Bible as a great ancient text steeped in mythology [and] do not thereby denigrate the text or become apologists for a Yahweh of Sinai or Mount of Transfiguration. They appreciate the Bible as a great literary tradition that generates problems and therefore requires new, imaginative attempts to address the problem. The dynamic tradition continues, and The Empty Tomb: Jesys Beyond the Grave proves to be a rigorous and creative part of it. These substantive, challenging articles are indispensable for better understanding how first–century Christianity emerged."
John Jaegar, Dallas Baptist University, Texas, Library Journal, April 15, 2005
"Did the Resurrection actually take place? This is the central question that Price (editor, Journal of Higher Criticism ) and Lowder (cofounder, Internet Infidels) pose in their essay collection. Written in response to recent works by Wolfhart Pannenberg, William Lane Craig, Murray J. Harris, and others who offered a defense of the Resurrection on historical and logical grounds, the essays probe the following: What is the most reasonable way to understand the appearance stories? Why would a God resurrect Jesus? Is the Resurrection theologically necessary? Is there enough historical evidence to make the Resurrection plausible or convincing? Did the 'Empty Tomb' really take place? To such questions, the answer is in the negative or is rendered in a nontheistic manner. Interestingly, contributors include not only philosophers, historians, and major nontheists but also New Testament scholars who view the Resurrection as a later church development. Well argued and well written, the essays are certain to stimulate further insight and reflection for both theists and nontheists. As Price states in the introduction, the book contains 'important issues of interest equally to traditional believers, skeptics, and critical theologians.'"
"This uneven and sometimes obscure collection of essays takes up the gauntlets thrown by contemporary Christian apologists like Craig Blomberg, Peter Kreeft and William Lane Craig and argues that a physical resurrection of Jesus Christ is so unlikely as to be impossible. (As Price puts it, there is "implicit absurdity" in the "notion that Jesus is still alive, after two thousand years, in the personal, individual-consciousness mode intended by evangelical apologists.") ... [S]everal essays make excellent points about holes in Christian apologists' arguments; Richard Carrier's discussion of the "spiritual body of Christ," for instance, challenges Christians' tendency to imagine a monolithic worldview among first-century Jews."