The study of the resurrection is one of great interest and controversy. That conflict derives from the question of How does Paul use the term body? For many, body in resurrection texts is unquestionable. They take it to be so obviously literal that an alternate viewpoint is considered ridiculous. The following points should help in our understanding of the body from Paul’s view point. First, we must begin with the motif of Christ’s departure from the world of Judaism. This is characterized as a second Exodus. Luke 9:312 speaks of his “decease,” which he would accomplish at Jerusalem. How Does Paul Use the Term Body? The word “decease” is translated from “exodus.” Therefore, Christ, ...
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