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Ken, you make some good points. Just to be clear, though, I’m not saying that people are not raised bodily, only that we might question whether a bodily resurrection strictly requires the disappearance of the old body from the grave, as in the case of Jesus and the peculiar resurrection of the sleeping saints in Matthew 27:51-53. The practical problem remains, not all bodies are in tombs, not all bodies exist in any coherent form, that they might be raised.

Of course, the other way to approach this would be to say that Paul and John expected a literal, visible resurrection to accompany the victory of the church over pagan Rome, and were wrong.

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