Resurrections in the Bible

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Josh Hunt | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, May 11 2021 9:21 AM

I am looking for a list of all the Resurrections in the Bible. 

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Bob | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 11 2021 9:35 AM

Josh,

See the Lexham Bible Dictionary entry on Resurrection.  I believe they are listed there.

Bob

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BillS | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 11 2021 11:58 AM

The Lexham Bible Dictionary offers this:

The New Testament also provides examples of people being miraculously returned to life:

• Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:41)
• The young man at Nain (Luke 7:14)
• Lazarus (John 11:38–44)

Does returned to life = Resurrection?

Since all the others eventually died, IMO there was one: Jesus. Only He has the Resurrection body we'll someday have. The rest were resuscitations. 

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 11 2021 12:30 PM

BillS:

The New Testament also provides examples of people being miraculously returned to life:

• Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:41)
• The young man at Nain (Luke 7:14)
• Lazarus (John 11:38–44)

These are the ones from the Old Testament:


  •      The widow’s son in Zarephath (1 Kgs 17:17–22)
  •      The Shunammite’s son (2 Kgs 4:18–37)
  •      The man thrown into Elisha’s grave (2 Kgs 13:20)


And of course there was Jesus!

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 11 2021 12:35 PM

BillS:

The New Testament also provides examples of people being miraculously returned to life:

• Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:41)
• The young man at Nain (Luke 7:14)
• Lazarus (John 11:38–44)

just from the top of my head there's also the guy who fell asleep during Paul preaching in Acts someplace

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Bob | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 11 2021 12:56 PM

BillS:

The Lexham Bible Dictionary offers this:

The New Testament also provides examples of people being miraculously returned to life:

• Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:41)
• The young man at Nain (Luke 7:14)
• Lazarus (John 11:38–44)

Does returned to life = Resurrection?

Since all the others eventually died, IMO there was one: Jesus. Only He has the Resurrection body we'll someday have. The rest were resuscitations. 

I assumed the OP was wanting those that were "returned to life".   I do think that there's been only one Resurrection so far, and that's the Lord Jesus Christ, which was resurrected with a glorified body.

Bob

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Bob | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 11 2021 1:46 PM

And from Baker Encyclopedia,

Resurrection. Act of being raised from the dead, used in the Bible with three different meanings. It refers to miraculous raisings of the dead back to earthly life, such as when Elijah raised a boy (1 Kgs 17:8–24); Elisha raised the Shunammite’s son (2 Kgs 4:18–37); Jesus raised both Jairus’ daughter (Mk 5:35–43) and Lazarus (Jn 11:17–44); Peter raised Dorcas (Acts 9:36–42); and Paul raised Eutychus (Acts 20:9–12). There is no hint that these resuscitations would prevent future death. It also refers to the eschatological resurrection at the end of time for punishment or reward (Jn 5:29; cf. Rv 20:5, 6). Finally, resurrection refers frequently to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Walter A. Elwell and Barry J. Beitzel, “Resurrection,” Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 1840.

So, resurrection is nuanced.  Still learning....

Bob

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 12 2021 12:45 AM

I started this reply hours ago and got pulled away, and see now that someone has since posted something to the effect of what I'm saying below. Still posting, because I believe it's not so much a question of being "nuanced" as it being genuine and consistent with language.

The word comes from Latin meaning "rise again". Any attempt to turn the word into a technical term that effectively attempts to hijack the word for a sole particular usage is fatuous and nugatory. The word is legitimately used in any number of instances that describe a resurgence, such as, "His career experienced a resurrection twenty years after his infamous and spectacular failure." The most mundane things can experience a legitimate resurrection. In fact, a resurrection doesn't require "death" as a starting point to be legitimate either. While death may be the lowest of low points, any rise from an experienced low point qualifies.

Since that is true, saying that "the only real resurrection was Yeishuua`'s resurrection, and anything else must therefore be referred to as 'fill-in-the-blank-with-any-preferred-synonym-meaning-resurrection'"...is silly. It's nothing less than torturing the language for the sake of an illegitimate cause. All of the people who died in the Bible's narratives and were brought back to life experienced real resurrections. That they all (except for Yeishuua`) later died is immaterial and does not invalidate the term's employed usage.

I think there is reason to categorize this kind of tendentious wresting of language "for the glory of God" in the same category as "defending God". It's not helpful nor wise, and I doubt He appreciates it. There are things He wants from us, and twisting language isn't one of them, not even if it's "done for Him". This kind of language "hostage taking" and "Stockholm syndrome brain washing" is employed all the time in Bible-related discussion. Another word that has experienced this treatment is "apostle". Though it simply means "messenger" and can be legitimately used in any number of non-religious contexts, there are some who want to isolate it's usage to just the twelve disciples. That's erroneous. It's also unhelpful and potentially harmful. Any value gained by wrangling language to suit one's objective is illusory.

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Ryan | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 12 2021 1:38 AM

From Willmington's Book of Bible Lists

RAISED FROM THE DEAD

1. Widow of Zarephath’s son, raised by Elijah - 1 King 17:22
2. Shunammite woman’s son, raised by Elisha - 2 Kings 4:34–35
3. Man raised when he came into contact with the bones of Elisha - 2 Kings 13:20–21
4. Jairus’s daughter, raised by Jesus - Luke 8:52–56
5. Widow of Nain’s son, raised by Jesus - Luke 7:14–15
6. Lazarus of Bethany, brother of Mary and Martha, raised by Jesus - John 11
7. Dorcas, raised by Peter - Acts 9:40
8. Eutychus, raised by Paul - Acts 20:9–12


H. L. Willmington, Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1987), 291.

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 12 2021 1:53 AM

Ryan:

From Willmington's Book of Bible Lists

RAISED FROM THE DEAD

1. Widow of Zarephath’s son, raised by Elijah - 1 King 17:22
2. Shunammite woman’s son, raised by Elisha - 2 Kings 4:34–35
3. Man raised when he came into contact with the bones of Elisha - 2 Kings 13:20–21
4. Jairus’s daughter, raised by Jesus - Luke 8:52–56
5. Widow of Nain’s son, raised by Jesus - Luke 7:14–15
6. Lazarus of Bethany, brother of Mary and Martha, raised by Jesus - John 11
7. Dorcas, raised by Peter - Acts 9:40
8. Eutychus, raised by Paul - Acts 20:9–12


H. L. Willmington, Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1987), 291.

Not mentioned in this list are the large number of unnamed persons resurrected at the same time Yeishuua` died. Mt. 27: 50, 51, 52, 53.

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 12 2021 6:31 AM

David Paul:
While death may be the lowest of low points, any rise from an experienced low point qualifies.

Whew!  I was afraid Enoch got left out. He didn't even go down to the abysss (to come back up).

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Kevin Clemens | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 12 2021 7:16 AM

For OT "resurrections", one could argue that Jonah should make the list.

After all, he cries out from "the belly of Sheol" (2:2) and declares that the Lord "brought up my life from the pit" (2:6). Indeed, the first word the Lord speaks to Jonah after he vomited up onto the dry land is "Arise" [Heb qum, Gk anistēmi] (3:1).

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 12 2021 7:44 AM

Kevin Clemens:
After all, he cries out from "the belly of Sheol"

Excellent catch, Kevin. I don't know how many Sheol/dust discussions (OT=dead=done) I've read. Maybe it's the fish as preservative. Joking.

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Kevin Clemens | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 12 2021 7:50 AM

DMB:
Maybe it's the fish as preservative. Joking.

That one was salty.

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Josh Hunt | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 12 2021 8:05 AM

Ryan:

From Willmington's Book of Bible Lists

RAISED FROM THE DEAD

1. Widow of Zarephath’s son, raised by Elijah - 1 King 17:22
2. Shunammite woman’s son, raised by Elisha - 2 Kings 4:34–35
3. Man raised when he came into contact with the bones of Elisha - 2 Kings 13:20–21
4. Jairus’s daughter, raised by Jesus - Luke 8:52–56
5. Widow of Nain’s son, raised by Jesus - Luke 7:14–15
6. Lazarus of Bethany, brother of Mary and Martha, raised by Jesus - John 11
7. Dorcas, raised by Peter - Acts 9:40
8. Eutychus, raised by Paul - Acts 20:9–12


H. L. Willmington, Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1987), 291.

Perfect!  This is what I was looking for. Thanks!

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