This book, written for religious and nonreligious people alike in clear and accessible language, explores a teaching central to both Jewish an christian traditions: the teaching that at the end of time God will cause the dead to live again. Although this expectation, known as the resurrection of the dead, is widely understood to have been a part of Christianity from its beginnings nearly two thousand years ago, many people are surprised to learn that the Jews believed in resurrection long before the emergence of Christianity. In this sensitively written and historically accurate book, religious scholars Kevin J. Madigan and Jon D.Levenson aim to clarify confusion and dispel misconceptions about Judaism, Jesus and Christian origins.
Madigan and Levenson tell fascinating but little-known story of the origins of the belief in resurrection, investigating why some Christians and some Jews opposed the idea inn ancient times while others believed it was essential to their faith. The authors also discuss how the two religious traditions relate their respective practices in the here and now to the new life they believe will follow resurrection. Making the rich insights of contemporary scholars of antiquity available to a wide readership, Madigan and Leverson offer a new understanding of Jewish-Christians relations and of the profound connections that tie the faiths together.