Christ’s resurrection was not a mirage, but really happened. One writer sees evidence for its reality in a distinction in Paul’s choice of words in 1 Cor. 15.
“Paul insists that Jesus ‘appeared to’ the witnesses, not that they saw Jesus. This is intended to underscore the fact that the risen Jesus was not a construct of the witnesses’ imagination.” (M.A. Pascuzzi, “1 Corinthians,” New Collegeville Bible Commentary, 538)
Interesting that the NLT changes the text to read Jesus was seen by the witnesses. Not that NLT is saying the witnesses made it up, but it doesn’t observe this distinction, if it does indeed exist.
What do you think? Is the commentator’s point valid?