Which ancient religions believed in the resurrection?
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13-07-2016, 01:16 PM
Which ancient religions believed in the resurrection?
In the resurrection of either their deity or their saints? I'm looking for religions that predated or were contemporaries with the Christian religion.

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13-07-2016, 01:31 PM
RE: Which ancient religions believed in the resurrection?
Quick google search yielded following results.

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13-07-2016, 02:19 PM
RE: Which ancient religions believed in the resurrection?
(13-07-2016 01:16 PM)SuperBigV Wrote:  In the resurrection of either their deity or their saints? I'm looking for religions that predated or were contemporaries with the Christian religion.

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Judaism taught and still teaches that a ressurection will immediately precede the messianic era.
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13-07-2016, 03:23 PM
RE: Which ancient religions believed in the resurrection?
From Wikipedia:

Serapis (Σέραπις, Attic/Ionian Greek) or Sarapis (Σάραπις, Doric Greek) is a Graeco-Egyptian god. The cult of Serapis was introduced during the 3rd century BC on the orders of Ptolemy I of Egypt as a means to unify the Greeks and Egyptians in his realm. The god was depicted as Greek in appearance, but with Egyptian trappings, and combined iconography from a great many cults, signifying both abundance and resurrection. A serapeum (Greek serapeion) was any temple or religious precinct devoted to Serapis. The cultus of Serapis was spread as a matter of deliberate policy by the Ptolemaic kings, who also built an immense serapeum in Alexandria.

However, there is evidence which implies that cult of Serapis existed before the Ptolemies came to power in Alexandria – a temple of Sarapis (or Roman Serapis) in Egypt is mentioned in 323 BC by both Plutarch (Life of Alexander, 76) and Arrian (Anabasis, VII, 26, 2). The common assertion that Ptolemy "created" the deity is derived from sources which describe him erecting a statue of Sarapis in Alexandria: this statue enriched the texture of the Sarapis conception by portraying him in both Egyptian and Greek style. Though Ptolemy I may have created the cult of Sarapis and endorsed him as a patron of the Ptolemaic dynasty and Alexandria, Sarapis was a syncretistic deity derived from the worship of the Egyptian Osiris and Apis (Osiris + Apis = Oserapis/Sarapis) and also gained attributes from other deities, such as chthonic powers linked to the Greek Hades and Demeter, and benevolence linked to Dionysus.

Serapis continued to increase in popularity during the Roman period, often replacing Osiris as the consort of Isis in temples outside Egypt. In 389, a Christian mob led by the Patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria destroyed the Alexandrian serapeum, but the cult survived until all forms of pagan religion were suppressed under Theodosius I in 391.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serapis

(Bold emphasis my own.)

I think the motivations of Ptolemy also give insight into the reason a guy like Saul of Tarsus, a Hellenic (Greek) Jew of Roman citizenship, would seek to combine the Judaic legends with a "Savior" figure based more on Greek philosophical outlook, to make what would become Christianity, in time.

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13-07-2016, 03:25 PM
RE: Which ancient religions believed in the resurrection?
Which ancient religions believed in the resurrection?

Which one?

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13-07-2016, 03:52 PM
RE: Which ancient religions believed in the resurrection?
(13-07-2016 03:25 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Which ancient religions believed in the resurrection?

Which one?

That specific version is more-or-less unique to Christianity, though there are many religious myths which have similar themes in the Ancient Near East, originating near that time period.

There's a decent article about it on this guy's blog:

https://mythologymatters.wordpress.com/2...gods-dead/

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13-07-2016, 03:53 PM
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(13-07-2016 03:25 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Which ancient religions believed in the resurrection?

Which one?

I was thinking the same thing.
should remove 'the'
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13-07-2016, 09:16 PM
RE: Which ancient religions believed in the resurrection?
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