In “the breath of our nostrils” Jefferson Vann examines how the major prophets of the Old Testament used the word רוּחַ (ruach) – a word that is often translated “spirit.”Translating words from one language into another is a complicated process. The translator has to decide all the shades of meaning that can be conveyed by a particular word. This list of potential … [Read more...]
Articles in this subcategory focus on the subject of human resurrection as a systematic or biblical theology theme. Posts seek to defend physical resurrection and/or to define it. Conditionalism accentuates the biblical promises of resurrection because alternative views tend to downplay the resurrection in favour of views which involve a continuation of disembodied spiritual life beyond death which may or may not actually involve resurrection.
In "where did all the spirits go?" Jefferson Vann shows how the authors of the Hebrew historical books in the Old Testament used the word that is most often mistranslated as “spirit.”In our study of the Hebrew word רוּחַ (ruach) in the books of Moses, we found this semantic range for the word:First, רוּחַ is the Breath of God, as the source of life for all … [Read more...]
In “how to keep your soul” Jefferson Vann explains how John 12:24-25 fits with John’s emphasis on Jesus’ promise to give permanent life to believers through a future resurrection.John wrote that Jesus had life in him, and his life was the light of men. He wrote that Jesus was lifted up on the cross so that people could trust in him, and have permanent life. Those outside of … [Read more...]
In “the resurrection is Jesus” Jefferson Vann unpacks the significance of Jesus’ statement in John 11:25-26.John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am that resurrection and that life. The one trusting in me, even if he dies, will live again.John 11:26 "Everyone who is living and trusting in me will certainly not die permanently. Do you believe this? "By his eleventh … [Read more...]
Jefferson Vann reflects on the significance of Jesus’ statement in John 8:12. This is the 8th in a series of articles tracing the promise of resurrection life in John’s Gospel. life from above The Gospel of John is the most thematic of all the canonical Gospels. The narrative is tied together by evidences that Jesus is God’s solution to the problems of human lostness and … [Read more...]