Early accounts of Jesus’ resurrection are also preserved in Christian tradition. Next to 1 Corinthians 15:3ff., the most crucial texts for historical purposes are several early passages in the book of Acts (especially Peter’s speeches).^30 The death and resurrection of Jesus are the center of each sermon.^31 Critical research has

21 Martin Hengel, The Atonement, transl. by John Bowden (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1981), p.53.

22 Moule, Birth, p. 38.

23 Bultmann, Theology, vol. 2, p. 121; Neufeld, Confessions, pp. 20, 31.