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                     It was, indeed, a completely new way of tackling the problem.

                     And though the Gospel contains numerous references to the general Resurrection,
                   which is considered as an accepted idea , the notion of the individual resurrection of
                   the dead, to which it gives rise, was totally unknown in the Old Testament. The oldest

                   texts do not refer to it; on the contrary, the one most commonly expressed was: man
                   lieth down, and riseth not!
                     But, in the Gospel according to St. John, we read:

                     Jesus said unto her: I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though

                   he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never
                   die .
                     One  can  see  that  this  is  a  reference  to  individual  resurrection,  to  a  return  to  life

                   through the reunion of the soul and the body, separated by death.

                     The resurrection of Jesus-Christ went so far as to entail the return to life of the very

                   flesh  from  which  all  life  had  disappeared.  The  resurrected  Saviour  could  say  to  his
                   Apostles: handle me, and see for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have .
                   He was able to ask Thomas to touch his

                        Matthew, XXIV, 31 and XXV, 32, 33, 46; Mark, XIII, 27; Luke, XIV, 14; John, V, 28-29 and VI,
                   39-40, 44.
                        Dictionary of the Bible, op. cit., t. V, pp. 1064-1069; Job, XIV, 12; Psalm, XL (XLI), 9; XLII
                   (XLIII), 17; Amos, VIII, 14.
                        John, XI, 25.
                        Luke, XXIV, 39.
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