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This short clip is a good introduction to N.T Wright’s argument for a better understanding of the Jewish belief in the unity between body and soul. This is a position which asserts that the whole person is not just soul, spirit but is also body. We are not just immortal souls trapped in flesh, inside a world God will destroy. Rather we are unique, complete beings that along with the earth God wills to renew, as heaven meets earth in the current time of grace and the to-be-fulfilled physical reunion of Jesus Christ.

Of course there is a lot more to the discussion posited  by N.T Wright in his books ‘Surprised by Hope’ and ‘Creation, Power and Truth’. My attraction to Wright’s thinking here is the back-to-basics eschatological theology which seems to stream past the ‘heresies brought into Christian belief {surrounding this topic in particular} by philosophy’ (Tertullian, Prescription against Hereticsemphasis mine) – for example: Platonism.

There is great hope, joy and wonderment in revisiting this ancient Hebraic understanding that Christians rightly inherit – the mystery, the historical roots and the socio-political impact on the lives of the Jewish people all hold implications for Christians in contemporary society. The belief in the resurrection of the body lies at the foundation of Christianity and is a significant part of the New Testament testimony. We ignore it today, by labelling it as an obfuscated, abstract theology, at our peril.

‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with humanity, and they will be His people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, for the former things have passed away…I am making all things new’ (Rev.21:3-5, ESV)