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Resurrection in Paganism and the Question of an Empty Tomb in 1 Corinthians 15*

  • John Granger Cook (a1)
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On the basis of the semantics of ἀνίστημι and ἐγείρω and the nature of resurrected bodies in ancient Judaism and ancient paganism, one can conclude that Paul could not have conceived of a resurrection of Jesus unless he believed the tomb was empty.

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I am grateful for comments on the article made by the NTS reviewer, by historians of religion Jan Bremmer and Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley, and by philosopher Ian Morton. At the 2015 SBL meeting in Atlanta, I read an earlier version in the Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti section. Abbreviations for Latin texts below are from the OLD and A. Blaise's Dictionnaire latin-français des auteurs chrétiens. Abbreviations for Greek patristic texts are from LPGL.

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E. Fascher , ‘Anastasis-Resurrectio-Auferstehung: Eine programmatische Studie zum Thema “Sprache und Offenbarung”’, ZNW 40 (1941) 166229

D. Ø. Endsjø , Greek Resurrection Beliefs and the Success of Christianity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

M. Lacore , ‘Du “sommeil sans réveil” à la résurrection comme réveil’, Gaia: revue interdisciplinaire sur la Grèce Archaïque 13 (2010) 205–27

H. Seyrig , ‘La résurrection d'Adonis et le texte de Lucien’, Syria 49 (1972) 97100

J. N. Bremmer , ‘Attis: A Greek God in Anatolian Pessinous and Catullan Rome’, Mnemosyne 57 (2004) 534–73

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