Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pittsburg Theological Seminary's Douglas R.A. Hare On Matthew 27:52-53

         Douglas R. A. Hare out of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary[1], does not directly indicate if the rising of the saints is a historical event.
         However, he does suggest that Matthew is focusing on this account as being a glimpse into what the general resurrection will be like. He writes that the, “…resurrecting of the saints, prefiguring the general resurrection, suggests that the death of Jesus has conquered death and prepared for the final victory of those who die in faith.”[2] Historically and theologically speaking he notes that, “…the temporal note of verse 53, ‘after his resurrection,’ is meant to prevent any misconception; Jesus will be the first to be raised from the dead. That is, Matthew does not mean to present the appearance of the saints as an event in the history of salvation but as a sign only.”[3] (emphasis original to author). It is not clear what he means here. Yet, Hare is at least recommending that Matthew’s intention is to concentrate on what is to come and not what did occur even if it did take place.


[1] http://www.pts.edu/Faculty_Emeriti
[2]Douglas R. A. Hare, Matthew, Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Louisville, KY: John Knox Press, 1993), 324.

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