Knight and Rose Show – Episode 1: The Minimal Facts Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

Well, after many years of waiting, our podcast is finally done. It’s not up in every place we want right now, but the applications are in, and you can definitely get it (see below). In this post, you’ll find: speaker biographies, episode summary, show notes, links to the RSS feed, links to podcast directories that have the show already, and links to places where we will be uploading a video version.

Podcast description:

Christian apologists Wintery Knight and Desert Rose discuss apologetics, policy, culture, relationships, and more. Each episode equips you with evidence you can use to boldly engage anyone, anywhere. We train our listeners to become Christian secret agents. Action and adventure guaranteed. 30-45 minutes per episode. New episode every week.

Episode 1:

Episode 1 Summary:

Did Jesus really rise from the dead? In this week’s special Easter episode, Wintery Knight and Desert Rose equip you to have daring and exciting conversations about the resurrection of Jesus with your non-Christian family, friends, co-workers… even strangers. We will show you: 1) how historians evaluate ancient documents, 2) which New Testament reports pass historical tests, and 3) how to construct an argument for the resurrection that will challenge skeptics.

Speaker biographies

Wintery Knight is a black legal immigrant. He is a senior software engineer by day, and an amateur Christian apologist by night. He has been blogging at since January of 2009, covering news, policy and Christian worldview issues.

Desert Rose did her undergraduate degree in public policy, and then worked for a conservative Washington lobbyist organization. She also has a graduate degree from a prestigious evangelical seminary. She is active in Christian apologetics as a speaker, author, and teacher.


The testimony of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 is the earliest text in the New Testament to make concrete mention of the death, resurrection and appearances of the risen Christ. Here Paul uses traditions which he knows from an earlier period. As 1 Corinthians is usually dated around 50, we may note, first, that the traditions which he mentions must be even older… This early text will be the guideline for our investigations.

A fairly certain date can similarly be worked out for the conversion of Paul as well. The Acts of the Apostles credibly reports a stay of Paul in Corinth when Gallio was there as governor of Achaia (Acts 18). Now this Gallio was in office in 51/52. If we calculate back from this date the intervals which Paul mentions in Gal 1:18… and [Gal] 2:1… and add two years for travelling, the date of his conversion comes out at around 33.

So we may state that the appearances mentioned in 1 Cor 15:3-8 took place in the time between 30 and 33 CE… because the appearance to Paul is the last in this list and is not to be dated later than 33 CE.

From: What Really Happened to Jesus: A Historical Approach to the Resurrection by Gerd Ludemann (see it in Google Books)

Paul wrote to the Corinthians from Ephesus in the early 50s C.E. But he says in 1 Corinthians 15:3 that ‘I handed on to you as of first importance which I in turn received.’ The most likely source and time for his reception of that tradition would have been Jerusalem in the early 30s when, according to Galatians 1:18, he ‘went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas [Peter] and stayed with him fifteen days.’

From: Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed


Jesus’ Resurrection: Fact or Figment?: A Debate Between William Lane Craig and Gerd Ludemann by Paul Copan (editor) and Ronald K. Tacelli (editor)

What Really Happened to Jesus: A Historical Approach to the Resurrection by Gerd Ludemann

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Debate between William Lane Craig and John Dominic Crossan by Paul Copan (editor)

Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed

Risen Indeed: A Historical Investigation into the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary R. Habermas

William Lane Craig vs. James Crossley | “Was Jesus Raised from the Dead?” | University of Sheffield

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Music attribution:

Strength Of The Titans by Kevin MacLeod

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