6. In Jerusalem a cenotaph was erected,

Cathedral, Quito, Ecuador
Cathedral, Quito, Ecuador

a sepulchral monument to a person whose body is elsewhere. This is how the records of the empty tomb developed.

7. The church of John saw Jesus even in his lifetime as the man who had braved – for the purposes of the mystery religions – the death of the old and the rising of the new man.

The visions of the risen Jesus followed this idea, probably influenced by narcotics such vine or ergot, which were taken in the mystery religions.

8. The Ascension of Christ described the older myth of the raising of Christ as a narration. In the Acts Luke limited the authentic visions to a period of 40 days after the death of Jesus. Evidently the number of records about meetings with the risen Jesus increased in an inflationary fashion.

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