Greek Resurrection Beliefs and the Success of Christianity  -     By: Dag Oistein Endsjo
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Greek Resurrection Beliefs and the Success of Christianity

Palgrave MacMillan / 2009 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 274
Vendor: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.3 X 5.5 X 0.8 (inches)
ISBN: 0230617298
ISBN-13: 9780230617292

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This book examines the relationship between the breakthrough of Christianity in antiquity and the belief inthe resurrection of the flesh. Traditionally, Greek religion entailed a strong and enduring conviction that immortality always had to include both a body of flesh and a soul. Both mythical and historical persons were also believed to have been resurrected from the dead and become physically immortal.The Christian belief in the resurrection of the flesh evolved only gradually, beginning with Paul, who simply denied it. But the more popular Christianity became among the Greeks, the stronger the emphasis became on the resurrection of the flesh; and the more Christianity stressed physical incorruptibility, the more Greeks left their ancient beliefs for this new religion. As such, the traditional Greek longing for immortal flesh can be seen as an important catalyst for the success of Christianity."

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