The Christian Doctrine of Immortality

9780217572453: The Christian Doctrine of Immortality

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...xviii. 23. 4 Belonging, perhaps, to the middle of the first Christian century. Of. Drumnioud's The Jewish Messiah, pp. 373, 374. But see also Preface above. Antiq. xviii. 1. 4; Bell. Jud. ii. 8. 11. 6 So in the Psalms of Solomon iii. 16, xiv. 2, etc. 7 As in the Apocalypse of Baruch xxx. 1-5, etc. Messianic era; by others to be at its close.1 How did Christ deal with the subject in relation to this condition of belief? He gave the doctrine a distinct place in His teaching, and one in harmony with the great principles of the Old Testament revelation. In the Synoptical Gospels He says less of it than we should, perhaps, have expected. There is no direct mention of it in the eschatological discourse in Matt, xxiv.-xxv., although it is presupposed in the announcement of the Judgment. But it is affirmed in His reply to the entangling question of the Sadducees; and the report of the words spoken on that occasion belongs to the stream of narrative which is common to the three Gospels.2 Others of His sayings, read in the light of current Jewish opinion, will be found to imply it; as when He describes the many who shall come from the east and west and " sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven." s The doctrine of a resurrection, therefore, forms a real part of Christ's teaching in the Synoptical Gospels, and it is the doctrine of a hodily resurrection. He never speaks in terms of an Essene or Hellenic immortality of soul. He describes the life of the risen, it is true, as being like that of the angels. But by that He means nothing more than that they shall be lifted above the conditions which are created by change and death in the earthly existence. His words make it clear that, in harmony with the Old Testament...

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