Is There a Resurrection for Jews?

Friday, May 06, 2011 |  Ludwig Schneider

Traditional Church dogma reserves the resurrection of the dead to eternal life for Christians alone and holds out no hope for the Jews unless they convert to Christianity. Yet more and more frequently the question arises, “What happens to the Jews who died as unbelievers in the Holocaust? Will God raise them up from the dead to life eternal?”

In Judaism, the resurrection of the dead (Hebrew, techiyat ha’metim) occurs when the Messiah comes at the end of time. The position taken by the Sadducees that there is no resurrection (Mark 12:18) has no foundation in either the Old or New Testaments. In fact, Yeshua (Jesus) taught the exact same thing as the Pharisees, that there will be a resurrection of the dead.

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