Do others rise from the dead? (1 Cor. 15:12)

“Now if Christ

Is proclaimed

As raised from the dead,

How can some of you say

That there is no resurrection

Of the dead?”

Εἰ δὲ Χριστὸς κηρύσσεται ὅτι ἐκ νεκρῶν ἐγήγερται, πῶς λέγουσιν ἐν ὑμῖν τινες ὅτι ἀνάστασις νεκρῶν οὐκ ἔστιν;

Paul said that now if Christ is proclaimed (Εἰ δὲ Χριστὸς κηρύσσεται) as raised from the dead (ὅτι ἐκ νεκρῶν ἐγήγερται), how can some of them say (πῶς λέγουσιν ἐν ὑμῖν τινες) that there is no resurrection of the dead (ὅτι ἀνάστασις νεκρῶν οὐκ ἔστιν)?  Paul now turned to another problem, the individual resurrection of the dead.  The Christian Corinthians had come to believe that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead.  Paul wanted to know why were some people in Corinth saying that there is no resurrection of the dead for anyone else.  As a Jewish Pharisee, Paul had believed in the resurrection of the dead.  Only the Jewish Sadducees had objected to the resurrection of the dead.  However, among the Greeks, there was a general belief in the immortality of the soul, but not the body, since the physical body was considered inferior to the interior mind or soul.  Paul wanted to know why they did not believe that Christ’s resurrection would not extend to them also.  Do you believe in the individual resurrection of a dead person?

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