I know Easter is still a long way off but that doesn’t stop us from asking questions about the resurrection. It has been claimed, by among others, apostle Paul that if Christ wasn’t resurrected, then their faith is in vain. Unfortunately it is, but that is for another time. Paul has claimed in his letters there were about 500 witnesses to the resurrection but we only have his word and no one else and as Brisancian has elucidated it eloquently in his blog, I will not belabour the point.
Celsus[ in his arguments against the Christians] asks a very interesting question.
Is it to be believed that Christ, when he was alive, openly announced to all men what he was; but when it became requisite that he should procure a strong belief of his resurrection from the dead, he should only show himself secretly to one woman and his associates?