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Ascension of Christ
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The account of the ascension of Christ (Acts 1:1–14) constitutes part of the Lucan kerygma of the exaltation of the Lord. For this reason it must be viewed in the context of the NT theology of exaltation as a whole. In Matthew and Paul resurrection and exaltation constitute a unity. The raising of Jesus from the dead by the Father is at the same time his installation in regal authority as the Lord to whom all power is given in heaven and on earth (Mt 28:18). The Johannine theology depicts the Cr…

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Joseph Ratzinger, “Ascension of Christ”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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