Resurrection of Jesus

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In Christianity the resurrection of Jesus refers to the return to bodily life of Jesus three days after his death by crucifixion. It is a key element of Christian faith and theology. The resurrection of Jesus is not to be confused with the Ascension of Jesus into heaven forty days after the resurrection.[1][2]

In the Aramaic Matthewā€ˇ and the New Testament, after the Romans crucified Jesus, he was buried in a new tomb but he rose from the dead and appeared to many people over a span of forty days before his return to heaven (Ascension). Each spring, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, the third day after Good Friday which marks his crucifixion. Easter's date corresponds roughly with Passover, the Jewish observance associated with the Exodus.

In several episodes in the Canonical Gospels Jesus foretells of his coming death and resurrection, and states that it was based on the plan of God the Father.[3] Christians view the resurrection of Jesus as part of the plan of salvation and redemption.[4]

Scholars debate the origin of the resurrection narratives. Some contemporary scholars consider the accounts of Jesus' resurrection to have derived from the experiences of Jesus' followers and of Apostle Paul.[5][6]

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