The Resurrection [A Theology Reading Guide]

April 13, 2017 — Leave a comment

 

With Easter upon us this weekend, here is our theology reading list of books that have been helpful for us in understanding the resurrection of Jesus for the life of the church… 

7. Jesus and the Demise of Death: Resurrection, Afterlife, and the Fate of the Christian

Matthew Levering

What happens after death to Jesus and to those who follow him? Jesus and the Demise of Death offers a constructive theology that seeks to answer that very question, carefully considering both Jesus’ descent into hell and eventual resurrection as integral parts of a robust vision of the Christian bodily resurrection. Taking on the claims of N.T. Wright and Richard B. Hays, Matthew Levering draws strongly upon the work of Thomas Aquinas to propose a radical reconstruction of Christian eschatological theology―one that takes seriously the profound ways in which Christianity and its beatific vision have been enriched by Platonic thought and emphasizes the role of the Church community in the passage from life to death. In so doing, Levering underscores the hope in eternal life for Jesus’ followers and gives readers firm and fruitful soil upon which to base conversations about the Christian’s future.

 




 

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Image Credit: Detail from the cover of
The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright.