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Rabbinical Beliefs About Soul and Body

Rabbinical Beliefs About Soul and Body

    On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.

The three days after death were called “days of weeping,” which were followed by four “days of lamentation,” thus making up the seven “days of mourning” (seeGenesis 27:41 Days of Mourning).

According to rabbinical thought, the spirit wanders about the sepulcher for three days seeking an opportunity to return into the body; but when the aspect of the body changes, it hovers no more, but leaves the body to itself. The friends of the deceased were in the habit of visiting the sepulcher for three days after death and burial, probably because they supposed they would thus be nearer to the departed soul. When the fourth day came, and decomposition took place, and the soul, as they supposed, went away from the sepulcher, they beat their breast and made loud lamentations. This explains the allusion to the “four days” in this text and in verse 39. The saying that one…

The Fundamental Resources of Personality

The Fundamental Resources of Personality
[Behavior] means in its widest application every possible kind of reaction to the circumstances into which you may be brought.
There are resources of personality known only to God. Psalm 139 is the prayer of a man asking God to explore him where he cannot go, and to garrison him. In 1 Thessalonians 2:10, Paul is alluding to the working out of what God works in. The majority of us keep taking in and forget altogether that somehow we must work out what we take in: we cannot elude our destiny, which is practical. The profound nature of each one of us is created by God, but our perception of God depends entirely upon our own determined effort to understand what we come in contact with, and that perception is always [colored] by the ruling disposition. If my ruling disposition is self-interest, I perceive that everything that happens to me is always for or against my self-interest; if, on the other hand, my ruling disposition is obedience to God, I…

Bethlehem: Shepherds Field-Goats

Bethlehem: Shepherds Field-Goats
‎Black goats glean the remains of the yellow grass at the end of a long summer in the surroundings of the Shepherds’ Field. This primeval landscape was the background of many of the events related in the Old and New Testament. Rachel died and was buried nearby, Ruth met Boaz, a meeting which was to lead to the birth of King David, and the shepherds first heard from the angel about the birth of Jesus nearby in Bethlehem. “I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10–11).


‎In this picture we look toward the north and directly away from the Sea of Galilee. One of our muleteers stands in a perfect wilderness of flowers. The view was taken on the 9th of May, 1894, at ten o’clock a. m. It is on the edge of the plain of Gennesaret; the flowers are in full bloom; the birds are singing on the edge of the lake; the sun is bright and glorious; the morning is cool and delightful; no sweeter day could be imagined than the one on which we stood in the presence of this traditional ruin, where possibly stood one of the cities where our Lord performed so many of His works. The same kind of weeds and thistles are found at Bethsaida (Tâbighah) as are found at Capernaum or Tell Hum. Both places are nearly on a level. The woe of extinction pronounced upon Capernaum, Chorazin and Bethsaida has been literally fulfilled, as the “stones of emptiness” that mark the sites of those ancient cities bear witness. They live only as their names are enshrined in the Gospel…

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary


Psalms (Morning)       Psalm 72
Psalms (Evening)       Psalm 119:73–96
Old Testament Jeremiah 3:6–18
New Testament Romans 1:28–2:11
Gospel John 5:1–18

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.