07 April 2007

Resurrections in the Bible

Besides the resurrection of Jesus, I have been able to count nine separate incidents of resurrections in the Bible. Note that all of these are physical resurrections, the only kind of resurrection the Bible talks about, and not some sort of spiritual resurrection wherein the body continues dead but the spirit is somehow "raised." Also, none of these are, so far as can be proven, the kind of "putting on of immortality" we read about by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:54. With the possible exception of the strange event of resurrection at the death of Jesus, all of these people would have eventually died again, awaiting the resurrection to immortality.

So, here they are. If anyone has an example of a resurrection recorded in the Bible as having taken place, please mention in the comments and references the verses.

The widow's son by Elijah (1 Kings 17:21-24)

The Shunammite's son by Elisha (2 Kings 4:32-35).

A man whose body had been placed in Elisha's tomb (2 Kings 13:20-21).

Lazarus by Jesus Christ (John 11:43-44).

The widow’s son by Jesus. (Luke 7:12-17)

A number of people at the moment of the death of Jesus Christ (Matthew 27:51-53)

The daughter of Jairus by Jesus (Mk 5:39-40)

Eutychus raised back to life through Paul after he fell out of a third-floor window (Acts 20:9-12).

Tabitha by Peter (Acts 9:36-43)