Resurrection and the New Jerusalem

Janet Martin Soskice

in The Resurrection

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269854
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600517 | DOI:
 Resurrection and the New Jerusalem

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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

Chapter.  7720 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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