Photo by Scala/Art Resource, New York, NY

ON THE COVER: In this magnificent painting by Rembrandt (1609–1669), “Christ at Emmaus,” the resurrected Jesus amazes the two disciples who had invited him—an apparent stranger they had met on the road—to stay the evening with them (Luke 24:13–35). Although their times and places vary, Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances serve consistent purposes: to affirm positively that he is the son of God, to convince doubters of his resurrection, and to commission and encourage the disciples in their missions. Malcolm L. Peel examines Jesus’ resurrection in “The Resurrection in Recent Scholarly Research.”