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Belief In Resurrection And Its Religious Settings In Qumran And The New Testament

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This chapter focuses on the belief in resurrection from the dead in Qumran texts and New Testament, with a comparative interest in conceptualization and religious setting in which resurrection figures. It highlights points of convergence and difference and attempts to provide a traditio-historical explanation for them. Resurrection is mentioned in early Enochic writings as well as biblical tradition represented by Dan 12:1-3. The subject of resurrection thereby presupposes a general setting of eschatological expectation. Author first turns to his own reinterpretations of longer discussed Qumran texts along with some new Qumran evidence, then pays attention to a number of New Testament texts, and finally turns to comparative evaluation. His selection of passages from Qumran literature focuses on most explicit evidence of resurrection in texts not clearly sectarian. In the New Testament he singles out a few passages with possible traces of Jewish resurrection tradition in Synoptic Gospels and Paul.

Keywords: biblical tradition; Enochic writings; eschatological expectation; Jewish resurrection tradition; New Testament; Qumran; resurrection



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