|1.||a supposed act or instance of a dead person coming back to life|
|2.||belief in the possibility of this as part of a religious or mystical system|
|3.||the condition of those who have risen from the dead: we shall all live in the resurrection|
|4.||the revival of something: a resurrection of an old story|
|[C13: via Old French from Late Latin resurrectiō, from Latin resurgere to rise again; see |
The rising of Jesus from the tomb after his death; a central and distinctive belief of the Christian faith. The Gospels state that after Jesus was crucified and lay in a tomb between Friday evening and Sunday morning, he rose, in body as well as in spirit, and appeared alive to his followers. His resurrection is the basis for the Christian belief that not only Jesus but all Christians will triumph over death. Christians celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
the rising from the dead of a divine or human being who still retains his own personhood, or individuality, though the body may or may not be changed. The belief in the resurrection of the body is usually associated with Christianity, because of the doctrine of the Resurrection of Christ, but it also is associated with later Judaism, which provided basic ideas that were expanded in Christianity and Islam.
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