This essay also demonstrates that this notion is closely related to the Gospel of Matthew. Matt 13.43 suggests that the author of Matthew probably believed in the star-like angelification as his contemporaries; Matt 17.2 reflects the angelification of Jesus, which foreshadows the glorification of Jesus’ followers by the parallelism between Matt 17.2 and 13.43; Matt 18.10 echoes Matt 5.8 and demonstrates the motif of seeing God that is applied to the angelified righteous in other Jewish writings; Matt 22.23–33 suggests an ontological likeness of angel, which links Jesus’ arguments together. All in all, although the Gospel of Matthew does not contain much content about afterlife as its contemporary apocalypses, the notion of angelification is attested
Instead they understood divine justice to be enacted on the level or families or nations in a historical not eschatological setting. In the Jewish understanding no true life was possible without the body, therefore the existence of the soul without a body in Sheol was a mere shadow compared to real life. Pre-exilic prophecy begin to emphasize the worth and responsibility of the individual and also a change in Israel’s understanding of covenant from merely temporal success to an eschatological hope. This shift in consciousness can be seen in the Isaian Apocalypse where the origins of the concept bodily resurrection can be traced, in which the prophet Isaiah proclaims that the, "dead shall live, their corpses shall rise." According to theologian Joanne E. McWilliam Dewart, in her book, "Death and Resurrection," Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones uses a dramatic, "physical re-constitution of the dead," to indicate hope in an "eschatological re-establishment" of Israel.
I was raised as a Christian and embraced the faith for many years. During this time, I read the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, rejecting all other religions as bogus, believing that Christianity was the only true pathway to God and salvation. It was while studying at the University of the West Indies that I began to question the rationality of my beliefs. The churches that I had attended were Anglican and Missionary, and the doctrines of many other denominations were alien to me. So I invited Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons into my home and engaged them in conversations regarding their beliefs, as well as entertaining dialogue with Roman Catholics, Seventh-day Adventists, Pentecostals and others.
Isaiah 53 When studying the bible, you can find that there is not place in all the Old Testament is it so plainly and fully prophesied. That Christ would have to suffer, and then to enter into his glory, as in this chapter. But to this day few discern, or will acknowledge, that Divine power which goes with the word. The authentic and most important report of salvation for sinners, through the Son of God, is disregarded. The low condition he submitted to, and his appearance in the world, were not agreeable to the ideas the Jews had formed of the Messiah.
The Fulfillment of Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecy in the Gospels “Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” What does this name Immanuel mean and where did it come from? When Jesus was born in 4-6 B.C.E, and given the name Immanuel, it fulfilled a prophecy from the book of Isaiah that was hundreds of years old, “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel”. The fulfillment of the Isaiah prophesy in the New Testament is crucial to Christian faith and to the significance of the birth of Jesus expressing the true presence of God on earth. Let’s examine the meaning behind this prophesy that Isaiah spoke, the significance of the fulfillment of the prophesy in Matthew, and the reasons as to why the fulfillment of this prophesy is not mentioned in the other three gospels, Mark, Luke, and John. After taking a closer look at the Immanuel prophesies in Isaiah, there are actually some disagreements to the prophecy.
 St. Augustine brought Christianity to Anglo-Saxon before that they were pagan.  Cynewulf’s The Christ is another significant Christian literary fragment. With the start of medieval period, the religion went backward under the themes of miracle, chivalry and morality. Chaucer’s The Canterbury tales somehow depicts the theme of Sin and Salvation where Pilgrim’s burdened with personal sins sought to travel for salvation. In the age of Renaissance, with the revival of learning and humanism, literature was more inclined to humanistic
In the Beginning, God expressed himself in positive terms because he was complete (Girgenti. 10). The Bible states, “…when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” ( John. 4:23). Concerning this, Jesus is searching for people who worship not out of obligation but with all freedom and love unto him.
Although, God is a Mystery as we cannot see him, we can still feel his existence and presence within our daily lives. The Bible exemplifies two juxtaposing representations of the Mystery of God, throughout the Old and New Testament. The first one is a Shepherds Staff and the second one is a Teacher. These two depictions are still meaningful and applicable to a
Although this use of heaven over God seems subtle, the implication is one of reverence for Jewish customs of the divine name (Strauss 246), but also perhaps represents Matthew’s theology that heaven was literally breaking into his world through Christ. For instance, Matthew goes out of his way to highlight Jesus’ avoidance of political action but rather highlights Jesus’ healings and deliverances (Strauss 239). Also, Matthew highlights Jesus forgiving sins and knowing people’s thoughts which was clearly God’s ability who was no longer in heaven but on earth (Strauss
They gave priorities to divinely ordain. Communities were believed and practised on the biblical teachings. Interpretation was focused with faith oriented life. According to Saint Augustine, whatever seems in the divine Word that does not literally relate to moral actions or to the truth of faith you must take to be allegorical. Therefore, the exegetical method of early period was connected to faith related interpretation.