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The Nature of the Resurrected Bodies: 2Baruch and the New Testament

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This chapter makes awareness of the need for more and deeper textual and linguistic analysis of 2Baruch within its textual and theological environment, in the Peshitta. It proceeds with a quite tentative analysis of 2Baruch's resurrection texts while focusing on the nature of the resurrected bodies. The chapter focuses on some similarities and differences between 2Baruch and the New Testament with respect to the nature of the resurrected bodies, more precisely, the apostolic kerygma recorded by the gospels and Paul's intricate teaching on this topic. It present several prominent points gleaned from 2Baruch texts along with New Testament evidence pertaining to them. While 2Baruch postulates a transient time between resurrection and judgment when the bodies will suffer no change, the New Testament proclaims unequivocally that the transformation of the bodies of Christ's followers will occur upon the day of resurrection with no delay at all.

Keywords: 2Baruch; nature of resurrected bodies; New Testament; Synoptic gospels; transfiguration episode



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