|The First Day of the New Creation - the Resurrection and the Christian Faith|
by Veselin Kesich
Christ is Risen! With this message, the Church
announces the good news of salvation and hope for mankind throughout
the ages. And Christ's resurrection is indeed the first and decisive
moment in the life of the Church, which lives and moves toward it
through the power of the Spirit.
In this book, Veselin Kesich,
Professor Emeritus of New Testament at St Vladimir's Seminary, examines
the resurrection faith of the early Church, proceeding from an analysis
of the idea of resurrection in pre-Christian and New Testament times,
moving through the central events themselves and exploring their
significance for all creation at all times. He particularly stresses
that the testimony to Christ's resurrection comes from the discovery of
the empty tomb, his appearances to his disciples and the coming of the
Spirit upon them.
Weaving together a detailed investigation of
the biblical evidence, the tradition and artistic expression of the
Church and contemporary scholarship, the author provides both an
illuminating study of the topic of resurrection and a joyful
celebration of the fact that Christ truly "has been raised from the
dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep."