Having established the meaning of the term "resurrection," Wright explain seven ways in which the Christian notion of the resurrection differed from the Jewish notion. (I found points 5 and 6 most interesting. My first exposure to N.T. Wright was watching him debate John Dominic Crossan in 2005 after he published The Resurrection of the Son of God. Crossan argued that "resurrection" was a metaphor for "God's moral clean-up of the universe," modeled after the idea of resurrection in Ezekiel 16. Wright argued that "resurrection" meant "Jesus died, and then He came back to life." It seems that Wright has now adopted some of Crossan's ideas, although I am sure he would say "the metaphorical use of 'resurrection' is grounded in the literal use, and most New Testament usages of 'resurrection' refer to the literal use.") The seven ways in which the Christian notion of resurrection differed from the Jewish were:
- Christians were remarkably united in their view of the resurrection.
- Although resurrection was peripheral in Jewish theology, it was central to Christian belief.
- Resurrection involves a transformed (i.e. "glorified") body.
- The resurrection has been split into two events--the resurrection of Jesus and then of everyone else.
- Resurrection is a metaphor for the moral clean-up of society.
- Resurrection is a metaphor for individual ethical transformation.
- Resurrection is vindication of Jesus as the Son of God.