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The ResurrectionAn Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Resurrection of Jesus$
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Stephen T. Davis, Daniel Kendall, and Gerald O'Collins

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269854

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198269854.001.0001

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Resurrection and the New Jerusalem

Resurrection and the New Jerusalem

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The Resurrection

Janet Martin Soskice

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Important though the empty tomb is, full‐flooded resurrection faith (such as we find in Paul) involves much more than the ‘etiolated orthodoxy’—Christ is risen—God does miracles—we shall rise. The resurrection faith of Paul and the Gospels can only be understood in terms of the Jewish restoration eschatology of their day. What the resurrection might mean for Paul is explained through his image of the body (both Christ's and our own) as temple. This is connected with Jesus’ ‘temple destruction’ saying in the Gospel. Belief in the resurrection for Paul has implications not only for a corporeality (bodiliness) but also for our belonging together in one body corporateness, and is thus profoundly moral. Christ's risen body is the new Temple, in a profound theology of divine presence—the place where God dwells with women and men.

Keywords:   body, corporateness, corporeality, divine presence, Gospels, Jewish restoration eschatology, moral, Paul, Soskice, temple, temple destruction, women and men

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