Life from the Dead

The Unique Jewish Idea of Resurrection

The idea that life can be brought forth from death is a uniquely Jewish one. Gentile religions have no concept of life from the dead. They envision either some form of escape from the human body and absorption into the heavenly realm (as in Greek rationalism) or escape from human existence into absolute nothingness (Eastern Monism). Biblical faith and the two religions that emerged from it—Judaism and Christianity—consider the highest ideal to be the resurrection of the human person, body and spirit, to dwell forever in the Olam ha-Ba, the everlasting dominion of the Messiah. Both Judaism and Christianity believe in a God who has power to bring forth life from the dead.

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