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Product Details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Authentic (July 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850786747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850786740
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,736,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The strangeness of the Resurrection story had captured Frank Morison's attention, and, influenced by skeptic thinkers at the turn of the century, he set out to prove that the story of Christ's Resurrection was only a myth. His probings, however, led him to discover the validity of the biblical record in a moving, personal way. Who Moved the Stone? is considered by many to be a classic apologetic on the subject of the Resurrection. Morison includes a vivid and poignant account of Christ's betrayal, trial, and death as a backdrop to his retelling of the climactic Resurrection itself. Among the chapter titles are: - The Book That Refused to Be Written - The Real Case Against the Prisoner - What Happened Before Midnight on Thursday - Between Sunset and Dawn - The Witness of the Great Stone - Some Realities of That Far-off Morning -- Who Moved the Stone? is a well-researched book that is as fascinating in its appeal to reason as it is accurate to the truthfulness of the Resurrection. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Frank Morison' is the pseudonym of English advertising agent and journalist Albert Henry Ross (1881-1950). The strangeness of the Resurrection story had captured his attention, and, influenced by skeptic thinkers at the turn of the century, he set out to write a short paper proving that it was only a myth. His investigations, however, convinced him that the resurrection really happened. The book he wrote about his quest Who Moved The Stone? has become an apologetics classic, since its first publication in 1930.

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I've read many books on the historical reliability (and unreliability) of the New Testament; I've seen many educated opinions varying in every way; I done studies many resurrections-centered topics; but I've never seen a book quite like this! Morrison takes nothing for granted. He trusts his instincts, and, though coming shy of any kind of Biblical-Christian opinion, he beautifully defends the resurrection in this short examination. As a doubter I find it difficult to swallow what many Christians take for granted in their own faith. This book is not like most. However, as a believer I was thrown by Morrison into the last week of Jesus' life (and the following weeks) as I never have by any lecture or writing. Morrison brings to light many historical details missed my so many people (including myself). He is easy to read and difficult to put down.
To the skeptics: I was once a skeptic. It was not a brief reading of one or two apologetic works that convinced me; instead, it was months and months of hard research, with this book as one of the many highlights. I encourage all to read this.
Morrison's book will forever remain one of my personal favorites.
Luke Gilkerson
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A critical exposition of the gospel accounts of Christ's trial, death and resurrection, this text considers whether there is a plausible alternative to the resurrection story - was the trial fair, did the disciples take the body, did Jesus' followers look for him in the wrong tomb? Morrison presents his findings clearly, challenging his readers to look into the gospels for themselves to consider the resurrection and what it means for us if Jesus really did rise from the dead.
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This interesting study that deserves to be read despite having been written over 70 years ago. Despite what a previous reviewer said, the book is not misrepresented nor is "Morison's entire argument is based on the acceptance of the Bible as historical fact, word for word". This assertion is flat out untrue. Consider Morrison's novel conclusion that the indiividual Mary Magadelene and Women met in the Tomb on Sunday morning was a ordinary man. Mark says a young man (Mk 16:5) but Matthew and John's gospels both say it was two angels. Luke clearly implies an Angel as well. Morrison argues in favor of a Young man not an Angel. He does not take the Bible word for word. Nor is it true that Morrison cites "no references but Biblical ones". It is worth noting Thomas Paine wrote his deist polemic "THE AGE OF REASON" a scathing criticism of the bible using ONLY the bible and nothing else. However, Morrison does cite extra-biblical books that are NOT in the Bible such as the Gospels of Peter, Hebrews, as well as the works of Josephus, the Jewish Historian and the few historical writings on the character of Pontius Pilate. The above mentioned Gospels of Peter and Hebrews are NOT in the Bible. One wonders if a previous reviewer was aware of this fact for Morrison gives a lengthly quote from it (gospel of Hebrews) on the last page of WHO MOVED THE STONE. One of the more telling arguments put forth by Morrison is that there is NO historical evidence that tomb was not indeed empty; There are only assertions by Jewish authorities that the disciples had stolen his body. The truth is Morrison was a skeptic in the tradition of 19th Century Biblical scholarship that is still with us today with such annual events as the Jesus Seminar and the Historical Jesus movement that discount the historical reliability of the New Testament accounts.
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Almost 2000 years ago, Jesus of Nazareth was executed by Roman and Jewish authorities in the most humiliating manner of the time. His followers, who thought he was the promised Messiah, fled to the countryside, disbanding in confusion and despair at the death of their teacher.
Yet within weeks, they began to publicly and confidently advance ideas and practices radically at odds with centuries of Jewish culture and teaching, establishing the foundations of the Christian church. In the years to follow, all were tormented and killed for advancing these beliefs.
What happened to trigger this change, to reconstitute and energize the ministry of Jesus, and subsequently change the world? People aren't willing to die for something if they know it to be a lie.
The cause is given in the Bible; the physical resurrection of Jesus and subsequent interaction with not only his followers but hundreds of other witnesses on many occassions after an agonizing death on the cross.
"Who Moved the Stone" analyzes the events of the week leading up to the execution of Jesus and the discovery of his resurrection. Four somewhat different views are provided by the four Gospels and Morison shows how each contributes a piece to the interlocking puzzle of events, enhancing the coherence and credibility of the resurrection precisely because of the way they fit together (and sometimes seem not to).
This is a stimulating, well-written book everyone should appreciate and read, since it illuminates the foundational event of modern civilization. The author offers interesting inferences regarding the arrest of and formulation of charges against Jesus based on Jewish law of the time, Biblical accounts, who was involved and how it relates to historical practices.
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