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Searching This Site

April 19, 2018

As new readers subscribe and ask questions about this or that, it is again clear that some advice is needed in how to search for things on this site.  I’ve been posting since 2010, and have addressed quite a number of matters.  So, before you ask a question about something, you might well explore whether it’s already been raised and addressed.

There are at least two ways to search this site.  The “word-cloud” on the Home screen isn’t there for decoration, but, instead, as one quick way to bring up all postings on a given topic.  So, peruse the word-cloud for a topic that seems appropriate to your query, and click on it.  You’ll then get all the postings that pertain to that topic (assuming that I remembered to tag all the relevant postings!).

Another way to search for postings is to use the search-box (also on the right side of the Home screen).  You can type in the name of a person/scholar, or a topic (if you can’t find it in the word-cloud), and, again, you’ll get relevant postings from the archive.

If after these steps you can’t find anything helpful, then you could pose a query.  But if there’s nothing that turns up, that may mean that I don’t have much to say about it!

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  1. Jeff permalink

    Dr. Hurtado,

    Off topic question. Can we tell from the writings of Paul or the Gospels whether the authors thought Jesus got his final immortal body at the moment he was raised from the dead or later when he got to heaven?

    • I would assume that Paul and earliest believers thought that Jesus’ resurrection = transformation into the eschatological body.

      • Jeff permalink

        Dr. Hurtado,

        What do you make of Ascension of Isaiah 9:17-18 (late second century)? In this passage the raised saints from Matt 27:52-53 appear to ascend up to heaven with Jesus where they, and Jesus, get their final immortal bodies. This is what got me thinking that maybe Paul and the Gospel writers think the same thing, i.e., that Jesus was raised from the dead first into his mortal body (crucifixion scars and all but made to appear and disappear by God in the Gospel appearance traditions) and then Jesus got his final immortal body that made him the “first fruits” of the general resurrection when he got to heaven. Do you think this is possible or have any thoughts about this possibility?

      • Jeff: In Ascension of Isaiah 9.16, Jesus “ascends” “on the third day.” I.e., the text makes his resurrection and ascension all one event (a separate ascension-event is unique to Acts). So, Jesus and the OT righteous are pictured as given their resurrection body along with Jesus at his resurrection/ascension.

      • Jeff permalink

        Dr. Hurtado,

        Thanks for the feedback. Doesn’t Ascension of Isaiah 9:17-18 seem to envision the righteous getting there final immortal/eschatological body at some point DURING the ascension, i.e., not initially when they are raised from the dead, but later in the ascension when Jesus has reached the seventh heaven? – “Then indeed they will receive their [garments and] thrones and crowns, when He has ascended into the seventh heaven.”

        So yes, Jesus and the saints are raised from the dead and ascend into heaven in one motion as you say (let’s disregard Luke/Acts for now), but it seems to be a HEAVENLY location where the final immortal body/garment is received, not the earthly location where the raising started…or have I mucked this all up?

        My interest in this question relates to how the earliest Christians might have envisioned Jesus’ resurrection up to heaven. Assuming the ascension in Acts is a fiction and the earliest Christians thought Jesus was resurrected from the dead right up to heaven, I am wondering whether the earliest Christians thought 1) that Jesus received his final immortal body while on earth and then he went up, or 2) Jesus was brought back alive into his mortal body in the tomb and then received his final immortal body when he got to or as he ascended to heaven. 1 Cor 15:40 seems to support the latter somewhat: “There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies…”

      • No, Jeff. 1 Cor 15:40 doesn’t contrast two resurrection bodies, but the earthly/mortal body with the resurrection body. The Gospel references, picturing the risen Jesus appearing through closed doors, etc., suggest an attempt to portray a resurrection body, not a mortal one. You have to allow for the resurrection-appearance narratives being the literary compositions of the respective Evangelists, not simply CCTV footage of the events.

  2. Quick tip…

    Really effective way to search any site is using Googles site search feature. Does a much better job of parsing out all the relevant data.

    Here is what you would type into your google search bar: two powers

    The “two powers” is what I searched for…and jackpot. All the relevant links to the book, Alan Segal, etc. that are found your website appear with all the post or comment links.

    So use the above and replace “two powers” with any other word or phrase.

  3. I don’t see a “word-cloud,” a search box, or a home page or any link that might take me any of those places.


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