Thanks for several comments below to my previous post, at least one of which is hilarious! I did not point out that 'sensible' here was about the historicity of the resurrection rather than the pastoral or evangelistic implications of it.
I have no doubt that the resurrection occurred and no doubt that by that I do not mean the disciples suffered hysteria.
What is difficult is pinning Scripture down to what is historical about this event given that there are discrepancies in its accounts (e.g. no women and no empty tomb in 1 Corinthians 15), inconsistencies (think location: Mark is definite encounters will take place in Galilee; Matthew contradicts himself about this; Luke has every encounter occurring in and around Jerusalem; and John gives us both locations). Anyone care to tell us where the historical location of the disciples' encounters with Jesus took place?
My general hunch is that the consistencies in the accounts are clues to the historical bits of their narratives: the gospels agree on the tomb being empty, agree on the day, agree there were female witnesses to the empty tomb, and agree with Paul that there were multiple appearances to individuals and to groups.
But already a few remarks like that lead us into questions about what 'history' means in relation to an event such as the resurrection, so the questions multiply and, on the face of it, only a massive tome seems plausible to deal with them all! But I am trying to write a small article only ...