Now, let's consider
Paul and Group Hallucinations -
Paul appears to have travelled to Paradise in the Third Heaven, most likely according to the simple 3-heaven cosmology like so :
It seems that's where he "received" his gospel -
"I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ
" Gal. 1:12
He â€œdid not receive it from any man
And he describes what he received from 1 Cor. 15:3, indented to show structure :
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3 For I delivered to you, as of prime importance, what also I received (paralambano):
that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures,
4 and that he was buried,
and that he has been raised on the third day according to the scriptures,
5 and that he was seen (ophthe) by Cephas, then by the twelve;
6 afterward he was seen by over 500 brothers at one time, most of whom
are still alive, though some have fallen asleep;
7 afterward he was seen by James, then by all the apostles;
8 last of all, as to one abnormally born, he was seen by me as well.
That all seems quite clear :
Paul had a vision about Jesus Christ, and learned how he died, and was buried, and was raised again. No mention of it being on earth.
'According to the scriptures' means the Jesus Christ story is already found in the Jewish Tanakh, for those wise enough to recognise and decode it, such as Paul.
Various people had Jesus Christ visions before Paul, but he was the last one - he was an 'ektroma' in Greek, literally meaning 'born out of time', but implying a miscarriage or abortion. Paul is calling himself an abortion.
But we only have Paul's word for all of it. No other early writer describes any visions of Jesus. None on Paul's list left any description. There is no evidence that any 'group hallucination' occurred, nor is there any evidence that the visions were the same - because we don't have ANY clear first-hand description of a Jesus Christ experience.
Even Paul only alludes to a visit to heaven, and tells us what he 'received' - he doesn't describe his Jesus Christ experience at all.
Acts, written much later, by unknown hand, has some legendary accounts of Paul's vision which contradict with each other.
So the entire hallucination story boils down to ONE essentially unknown ancient person making some claims about visions.
How can that possibly be considered evidence for ANYTHING historical ?
Let alone supernatural resurrections ...