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Biblical Archaeology Review 47:1, Spring 2021

Epistles: Bible Threads: resurrection

Biblical Archaeology Review

The theme of resurrection—being raised from the dead—appears throughout the Bible, but it is especially pronounced in the New Testament. Here are some prominent examples (NRSV).

(1) 1 Kings 17:21-22

Then he [Elijah] stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried out to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child’s life come into him again.” The Lord listened to the voice of Elijah; the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.

(2) 2 Kings 4:32-35

When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed. So he went in and closed the door on the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. Then he got up on the bed and lay upon the child, putting his mouth upon his mouth, his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands; and while he lay bent over him, the flesh of the child became warm. He got down, walked once to and fro in the room, then got up again and bent over him; the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

(3) 2 Kings 13:21

As a man was being buried, a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha; as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he came to life and stood on his feet.

(4) Acts 23:8

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