Was Jesus the first to rise from the dead?

Several times in the Bible, Jesus is called the first person to rise from the dead. But he wasn’t. Not even close. According to the Bible, lots of people rose from the dead before Jesus did.

In Old Testament times:

  • According to the book of Hebrews, various judges, kings, and prophets of Israel were known to raise the dead to life.
  • A witch brought back the spirit of Samuel after he had died so Saul could consult him.
  • Elijah brought a dead boy back to life.
  • So did Elisha.
  • Elisha also made a man come back to life after Elisha was dead himself.
  • Ezekiel made a pile of bones turn back into an army of whole, living people.

And during Jesus’s life:

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