1.1Background of the study
Christian scholars agree that few doctrines of the Christian faith are more necessary to the whole of the person and work of Jesus Christ than the doctrine of the resurrection. It is the witness of Paul and the writers of the New Testament that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pivotal point of Christian theology. Still, one may be justified in claiming that many believers have misconceptions about the resurrection. Perhaps the confusion comes in understanding the resurrection as a single event, without regarding the overall context of Scripture. Another reason may be that the interpreter leans too heavily on the ideas of life after death within his or her own culture. Whatever the case may be a correct view of the resurrection of Christ cannot be overstated. For the Apostle Paul, the resurrection of Christ was not simply a miraculous event. In addition to being miraculous, Paul saw the resurrection as the lens by which to interpret Scripture. Thus, the Apostle saw the miracle of Christ’s resurrection as the power to bring about the events of the end times, in particular, the resurrection of the dead.