This factual witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus also became an apologetic for Christian belief.^62 The belief that the same Jesus who was dead and buried was raised again (1 Cor. 15:3–4) also strongly implies the empty tomb, especially in the context of Jewish thought.^63 On the other hand, this creed is also referred to by some as the most important single formulation of faith in the early church.^64

The importance of the creed in 1 Corinthians 15:3ff. can hardly be overestimated. No longer can it be charged that there is no demonstrable early,