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2019 | 9(66/3) | 481-492

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Jesus’ Resurrection Appearances in 1 Cor 15,5-8in the Light of the Syntagma ωφθη + Dative


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The aim of the present article is to establish the meaning of ωφθη+ a dative of indirect object in the light of its usage in koine Greek in general and in the LXX and re-lated Jewish literature. Such a thorough analysis of the syntagma reveals that it is not very suitable as a proof of the factuality of the appearances of the Risen Christ and eo ipso of His resurrection. In the light of the use of the formula in koine Greek it seems much more probable that its primary function in the context of 1 Cor 15,5-8 is to announce the salvific dimension of the event as the beginning of eschatological salvation and as the present war-ranty of the future fulfilment of the resurrection of (all) the dead.



  • Faculty of Theology, Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome


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