Like the Brightness of the Firmament

I’m working on an article about the resurrection here, in the midst of Nativity, as we prepare for the incarnation. NT Wright’s video on the topic is rich and informative.

I’m particularly drawn to the powerful — harrowing, even — Old Testament examples of ancient beliefs about death, afterlife, and resurrection:

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. – Daniel 12:2-3


Hubble’s view of a section of ancient stars in the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. Image via NASA.

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