The Pre-Pauline Creed (30-35 AD)

Gospels, not certain. Paul: so far, the consesus is either 50 AD or 55.

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The Pre Pauline Creed is important, and dates to 30-35 AD. This seems to rule out the theory the Ressurection was a late addition.

https://beliefmap.org/bible/1-corinthians/15-creed/date

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Well, that is interesting.

I’m ashamed to say that I wasn’t aware of this.

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It’s interesting stuff! Its formulaic nature may indicate that it was the product of considerable thought over time, but it certainly pre-dates 1 Corinthians and suggests an early date for a conception of the resurrection.

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Just to fill in detail here - 1 Cor is one of the undisputed Pauline letters.

The “creed” could be of any date before 1 Cor (Passover, 55AD), but of course must also express the gospel that Paul had believed - unless we suppose that somehow the back-story he knew to have no evidence slowly came to seem true to him. And his conversion is usually dated at 33-36.

That would make a belief sufficient to convert Paul from antagonism convincing to a skeptical inhabitant of Jerusalem within 3-6 years of the event. That’s legend on steroids!

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