The dead rise and appear in Jerusalem (Mt 27:53-27:53)

“After his resurrection,

They came out

Of the tombs.

They entered

The holy city.

They appeared

To many people.”


καὶ ἐξελθόντες ἐκ τῶν μνημείων μετὰ τὴν ἔγερσιν αὐτοῦ εἰσῆλθον εἰς τὴν ἁγίαν πόλιν καὶ ἐνεφανίσθησαν πολλοῖς.


Once again, this is unique to Matthew, since the other 3 gospels do not mention any appearance of holy dead people in Jerusalem.  Matthew clearly said that after the resurrection of Jesus (μετὰ τὴν ἔγερσιν αὐτοῦ), these holy righteous ones came out of their tombs (καὶ ἐξελθόντες ἐκ τῶν μνημείων).  They entered the holy city (εἰσῆλθον εἰς τὴν ἁγίαν πόλιν) of Jerusalem, where they appeared to many people (καὶ ἐνεφανίσθησαν πολλοῖς).  Thus, the general resurrection of the dead at the end times had already occurred.

The dead shall rise (Isa 26:19-26:19)

“Your dead shall live!

Your corpses shall rise!

O dwellers in the dust!


Sing for joy!

Your dew is radiant dew!

The earth will give birth

To those long dead.”

However, Isaiah has new hope. The dead will rise. This was a general theme after the Exile, not prior to it. Clearly this text of Isaiah is talking about a general resurrection. The dead would live. The corpses would rise. In fact, there is a call to dust dwellers to wake up and sing for joy. This new birth is from the dead, even those long dead, not from pregnant women. Is this just a call for the Israelites to rise up or is this a general belief in the last day resurrection?