Dedicated to the writings of Saint Luke.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Who will be raised at the resurrection?

Perhaps a theology in transition can be seen by comparing the traditional Jewish expression, 'the resurrection of the righteous' in Lk. 14:14 with the statement made by the Lucan Paul in Acts 24:15 that not only the righteous but also the unrighteous will be raised.

Luke 14:12-14 He said also to the man who had invited him, "When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just."

Act 24:14-15 But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the law or written in the prophets, having a hope in God which these themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.

The idea that “there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust” was first expressed in the Acts of the Apostles.

Copyrighted 2006


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