The Resurrection Of The Dead Essay

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Doctrine of the Resurrection of the Dead
The belief in the resurrection of the dead was around before the birth of Jesus Christ. Yet, the three major groups; Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Essenes, in Judaism had different beliefs about the resurrection. For instances, the Pharisees believed that only the soul was immortal and that the souls of the good men would be removed into other bodies and the souls of bad men are subject to eternal damnation. Another group, the Sadducees believed that when the body dies so does the soul. The final group, the Essenes had two different beliefs. One source, Josephus, says they believe the immorality of the soul and dissolution of the body. Their other belief of the resurrection is that the body will rise again and be immortal just like the soul.
The belief in the resurrection of the dead is seen in all four gospels and is seen in some of St. Paul’s letters. The debate whether the resurrection was just the soul or the soul and the body was still an issue between the apostles and the writers of the New Testament. St. Paul in his writings taught on the resurrection of the soul, not of the body. Paul, who was a Pharisee, said “Flesh and Blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the corruption inherit the incorruption.” Even though Paul didn’t believe in the resurrection of the body and the soul, all the Gospel writers did. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all had emphasis on the resurrection of the body. Whether it’s from the empty…

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