Lectionary Year B
April 20, 2003
Easter Sunday

John 20:1-18

Step IV: Broader Context


a. Resurrection as key to proclamation of the Gospel in the early Church: passages like Acts 2: 31, 4: 33, 17: 18; 1 Cor. 15

b. Mary Magdalene: Luke 8: 2, "seven demons cast out"; Luke 8: 1-3 has her as part of a group of women followers of Jesus who helped support him and the circle of disciples.

John 19: 25 has her as one of the tiny group with Jesus as he died on the cross.


a. Resurrection "according to the Scriptures": like Psalm 16: 8-11?

b. Matthew 22: 23 notes that the Sadducees did not believe in a resurrection of the body. Was this an item of dispute back then?


Friends and colleagues, I'm a long way from the library. Did anyone find anything on what people in 1st century Jewish and Hellenistic cultures thought about the possibility of the resurrection of the dead?

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