The Empty Tomb and the Observance of Sunday

Richard Swinburne

in The Resurrection of God Incarnate

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257461
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598616 | DOI:
 The Empty Tomb and the Observance of Sunday

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The first‐century Jewish understanding of ‘resurrection’ implied bodily resurrection. St. Paul did not mention that the tomb of Jesus was empty, because that was obviously implied by his claim that Jesus was risen. That Christians believed from the earliest days that women disciples had found the tomb empty on the third day (a Sunday) after Jesus’ burial is evidenced by the fact that all Christians subsequently celebrated the Eucharist on a Sunday. Their use of the phrase ‘on the third day’ to date the Resurrection was not due to the fact that Hosea prophesied a resurrection for Israel on the third day; rather they used Hosea's phrase to describe what they believed on other grounds to be the date of Jesus’ Resurrection.

Keywords: empty tomb; Hosea; Israel; Resurrection; Sunday

Chapter.  6165 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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