Chapter

The Hope of Israel

Christopher Bryan

in The Resurrection of the Messiah

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199752096
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895076 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752096.003.0002
The Hope of Israel

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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

Chapter.  4248 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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