Hi Lenny, was wondering if you had come across Kent Hovind's DVD 7 - Questions and Answers in your research? I mentioned it to Keltic. I can quote from his explanation of the topic if you prefer, let me know what works for you.
Obviously the explanations he [and I] believe for the crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus [and subsequent appearing to the disciples and ascension back into heaven] are that they were literal and historical.
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