Doctrine Of The Resurrection Of The Dead -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 006:21 (Feb 1849)
Article: Doctrine Of The Resurrection Of The Dead
Author: Anonymous

Doctrine Of The Resurrection Of The Dead

Translated from De Wette’s Commentary on the XV. Chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians. 2d edition. 1845.1

The occasion of treating this subject was, that some in Corinth denied the truth of the resurrection of the dead (v. 12); but we do not certainly know, what was the character of these doubts and in what connection they stood. It appears, that these Corinthian Christians did not deny the fact of the resurrection of Christ, because the apostle, in his argument, lays this at the foundation, and indeed expressly certifies it, but does not seek to establish it against objections.2 This conclusion however is not entirely certain, since the apostle writes for the majority of the Corinthian Christians, who had not yet been possessed by those doubts, although dangerously affected by them, rather than against the authors of those doubts (Flatt). In verse 35, it is

true, he seems to have regard to an objection from them; but this is of such a character, that it could be made from various quarters. Meyer concludes, from the anti-materialistic view of the resurrection, which the apostle maintains in verses 35 and following, that the principles of the opponents were anti-materialistic; but the opposite conclusion would rather be the true one. See the remarks upon these verses. Jesus, in refuting the Sadducees, Matt. 22:30, views the subject in the same manner. Hence those in Corinth, who doubted the doctrine, might formerly have been Sadducees,3 (for, that such persons must be answered with passages from the Pentateuch, rests upon an erroneous view of Matt. 22:31–32, ) if every intermixture of Sadduceeism with Christianity were not so improbable. Since also the derivation of those doubts from Essenism (Mosheim) has little or no probability, we are limited in our conjectures to the circle of Gentile Christians in Corinth. That the doctrine of the resurrection opposed the Grecian mode of thinking, we know from Acts 17:32. The supposition of Epicurean principles (cf. Acts 17:18) in those at Corinth, who denied the resurrection, is decidedly rejected by Neander (Apost. Gesch. I. 315), by Meyer and others, because such principles stand in too great opposition to Christianity, and becaus...

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