Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics (PhD)


Anthony C Thornhill


ascension, glorification, resurrection, resuscitation, theology of Paul, theosis


Biblical Studies | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


This study seeks to uncover a link between the Second Temple and patristic material as it relates to the resurrection. The methodology employed here is a diachronic interconceptual analysis. After surveying this material Paul's discussion of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 is then addressed. Given the surrounding milieu in which Paul was operating and the way some Fathers understood the resurrection (via Paul's writings), it is possible that Paul was not trying to discuss an individual resurrection. Instead, he was speaking of a resurrection in which the physical raising of the body is but one step. The terminology utilized for this is "the resurrection age," and is meant to convey the idea that "resurrection" can be used in a way that allows for, first, a raising of the body, and second, a glorification of that same body. The pattern follows that of Christ, who was raised in his same body without alteration, and only later was glorified at his ascension.