What Resurrection is Not

The biblical language of resurrection (‘standing up’, ‘awakening’ etc), when it emerges, is simple and direct; the belief, though infrequent, is clear. It involves, not a reconstrual of life after death, but the reversal of death itself. It is not about discovering that Sheol is not such a bad place after all. It is not a way of saying that the dust will learn to be happy as dust. The language of awakening is not a new, exciting way of talking about sleep. It is a way of saying that a time will come when sleepers will sleep no more. Creation itself, celebrated throughout the Hebrew scriptures, will be reaffirmed.

-N. T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God, 127-128.


Posted on March 6, 2012, in N. T. Wright, Resurrection. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ve read quite a bit by NT Wright (I’m reading his excellent “After You Believe” right now) but somehow I missed this particular work. I’m glad to know it’s out there, as Wright, more than anyone I have ever read or heard, best articulates the oft misinterpreted and/or misrepresented mechanism of Atonement.

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