Tuesday, June 26, 2007

resurrection of Jesus

The resurrection of Jesus as depicted by Matthias GrünewaldAccording to the Trinitarian (the Trinity) interpretation of the New Testament, Jesus was both human and God, so he had the power to lay his life down and to take it up again; thus after Jesus died, he came back to life. This event is referred to in Christian terminology as the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and is commemorated and celebrated by most Christians annually on Easter Sunday.

Most Christians, even those who do not interpret other parts of the Bible literally, accept the New Testament story as an historical account of an actual event central to their faith, though some do not accept a literal bodily resurrection, sometimes arguing for docetism. But it so seems that in the past, a large group of Christians known as the Gnostics, who were later declared heretics and partially exterminated, argued against its singular importance, and claimed that the New Testament supported their claims. Non-Christians generally view the story as legend or as allegory.

Resurrection accounts
The New Testament

The primary accounts of the resurrection are in the last chapters of the Canonical Gospels:

  • Matthew 28,
  • Mark 16,
  • Luke 24,
  • John 20-21


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