Debates over the Resurrection of the Dead: Constructing Early Christian Identity by Outi Lehtipuu

Debates over the Resurrection of the Dead: Constructing Early Christian Identity

byOuti Lehtipuu

Hardcover | March 18, 2015

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In Debates over the Resurrection of the Dead, Outi Lehtipuu highlights the striking observation that in many early texts the way that belief in resurrection is formulated is used as a sign of inclusion and exclusion, not only in relation to non-Christians but vis-a-vis other Christians. Thosewho teach otherwise have deviated from the truth, are not true Christians, and do the works of the devil. Using insights from the sociological study of deviance, Dr Lehtipuu demonstrates that labelling was used as a tool for marking boundaries between those who belonged and those who did not. Thiswas extremely important in the fluid conditions where the small Christian minority groups found themselves. In a situation where there were no universally accepted structures that defined what constituted the true Christian belief, several competing interpretations and their representativesstruggled for recognition of their views based on what they believed to be the apostolic tradition. The most hotly-debated aspect of resurrection was whether it would entail the body of flesh and blood or not. When resurrection would take place was closely related to this. Controversies died since the scriptural legacy was ambiguous enough to allow different hermeneutical solutions. The battleover resurrection was closely related to the question of how scriptures were to be understood as well as to what constituted the human self that would survive death. To demonstrate this a wide variety of texts are studied, from theological treatises (including relevant Nag Hammadi texts) toapocryphal acts and martyrologies. Acknowledging the complexity and diversity of the early Christian movement, this volume views early Christian discourse as part of the broader ancient discursive world where similar debates were going on among both Jews and the majority population.

About The Author

Outi Lehtipuu earned her Ph.D. in Theology at the University of Helsinki in 2004. She works as an Academy Research Fellow at the Department of Biblical Studies of the University of Helsinki. Dr Lehtipuu has published widely on the New Testament, Early Christianity, and gender studies.

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Title:Debates over the Resurrection of the Dead: Constructing Early Christian IdentityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:March 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. What Is Resurrection?2. Resurrection and Deviance3. Resurrection - With or Without the Flesh?4. When Will Resurrection Take Place?ConclusionsWorks cited