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Resurrection - Resurrection of the Body
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Part of Resurrection:

1. Resurrection of Christ

2. Resurrection of the Body

A. Biblical

1. Old Testament. Until a late period in its history the religion of the ОТ knew of no resurrection of the body. Human life is limited to this world. This does not mean that man ceases to exist altogether at death, when God withdraws from him the spirit by which he became a “living soul”, i. e., a living being (Gen 2:7) and the body returns to the dust from which it was formed (Gen 3:19). But the shadowy existence of the dead in Sheol does not deserve to be called life. The ea…

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Josef Schmid and Joseph Ratspnger, “Resurrection - Resurrection of the Body”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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