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                   a practical nature.

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                     One must keep this in mind when one considers how the Sadducees tried to corner
                   Jesus by questioning him in the following manner: at the time of the resurrection, what

                   would be the fate of a woman who was the widow of six brothers and married to the

                   seventh? In his reply, Christ underlines two aspects of the same reality:
                     Ye do err not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.

                   For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the

                   angels of God in heaven.

                   But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken

                   unto you by God, saying;
                     I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?  God is not the

                   God of the dead, but of the living.
                   And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine .

                        Matthew, XXII, 23-33; Mark, XII, 18-27; Luke, XX, 27-40. Saint Jerome observes that Jesus
                   could have quoted from more probative texts, such as Isaiah, XXVI, 19 and Daniel, XII, 2. He
                   thinks that Our Lord chose this text from Exodus, III, 6, because the Sadducees acknowledged
                   only the Pentateuch. (Matthew, IV, 22, t. XXVI, col. 165).
                     Quoted from the Dictionary of the Bible, op. cit., t. V, p. 1070.
                     This assertion borrowed from Origen is reproduced by the Philosophoumena: IX, 29, Paris,
                   Cruice, 1860, p. 469.
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