The Word Resurrection

I did a Blue Letter Bible search of the word resurrection because I was interested to know where else it is used. What I found is that the word resurrection is used only in the New Testament. Did you know that the word Resurrection only occurred in the NT? This surprised me and got me thinking if this word is only in the NT where and how then in the Old Testament do we get the background to the word resurrection?

There are actually many places, but one that stuck out most of all to me, particularly in regard to Easter, is this verse in Psalms in which David talks about himself and the Messiah.

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” ~ Psalm 16:9~

Many more verses in the Old Testament build the background to the word Resurrection. We find passages that talk about Heaven like Psa 103:19 and passages that talk about people being sent to Sheol and other people who will be delivered from Sheol (the pit)(Hell) like those passages below.

“Let death seize them; let them go down alive into hell, for wickedness is in their dwellings and among them. As for me, I will call upon God, and the LORD shall save me.” ~Psalm 55:15~

“For great is Your mercy toward me, and You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.” ~Psalm 86:13~

We also have stories in the OT of people who were dead but who were brought back to life again. (2 Kings 4:35, 2 Kings 13:21).

All the concepts and background of resurrection are there, they just aren’t referred to by the word  resurrection.

About Given Hoffman

Given believes in the One True God, His Truths, and bringing Words of Life into everyday life. She is a weekly blogger and suspense novelist. You can learn more about her and her books at
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