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The Resurrection of the Messiah$
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Christopher Bryan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199752096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752096.001.0001

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The Hope of Israel

The Hope of Israel

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(p.9) 1 The Hope of Israel
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The Resurrection of the Messiah
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Christopher Bryan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752096.003.0002

This chapter addresses the following questions: What did the ancients think about death and about what might, or might not, follow it? What, in these matters, was the hope of Israel? It argues that resurrection is not merely to do with “the afterlife” or “personal immortality.” Resurrection is to do with a new creation—a “barely imaginable” creation—that fulfils the prophetic hope for peace and justice. And the basis for that prophetic hope is Israel's conviction that God is indeed just and will therefore be faithful: faithful to Israel and faithful to the creation. Therefore death, though grim and terrible, does not have the final word over any part of that creation, including its material aspects. The final word is God's word. Death will be defeated.

Keywords:   Jews, Judaism, Christian, Israel, life, death

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