Death until Resurrection

An Unconscious Sleep According to Luther

By Joseph Saligoe

Death until Resurrection

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  • ISBN: 9781725253391
  • Pages: 234
  • Publication Date: 3/11/2020
  • Retail Price: $28.00
Web Price: $22.40
Web Price: $22.40

Death until Resurrection

An Unconscious Sleep According to Luther

By Joseph Saligoe

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781725253391
  • Pages: 234
  • Publication Date: 3/11/2020
  • Retail Price: $28.00
Web Price: $22.40

About-

What really happens to the soul when people die? This groundbreaking book may appeal both to Luther experts and to those who know little about the Reformer. It demonstrates that Luther constantly taught over the last twenty-four years of his life that death is like an unconscious sleep. It also shows why this matters today for Christians.

Death until Resurrection is a great first step in understanding God’s plan for renewal of the creation that can alleviate our common fears about death. Seeing what exactly the scriptural writers meant regarding death—as interpreted by one of the most prominent church leaders ever—also provides the benefit of helping us better understand core doctrines such as our resurrection, the nature of hell, and eternal life through salvation.

This book offers that which very few writers on Luther have done: an explanation that can unravel his apparent contradictions and the Luther paradox on the nature of death and the soul using Luther’s own words scattered throughout his voluminous writings. Learn which group of widely acclaimed authors (or experts) on Luther was correct about what Luther believed about death: Lohse and George, or Althaus and Thiselton.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“I am glad to commend this book by Joseph Saligoe. It admirably combines two distinct and important tasks. First, it addresses the destiny which faces us all: what happens when we die, and what occurs between a Christian’s death and resurrection? Second, this book carefully addresses a range of scholarship on Luther, where misunderstandings and dissenting voices all too often arise. Saligoe shows by careful argument that the often-posed alternatives between immediate entry to Christ’s presence and waiting for the judgment and resurrection are both true to biblical insights and to Luther without contradiction. We do not need to intrude an additional conscious state. This book is timely, instructive, fair, and well researched. I warmly recommend it.”

—Anthony C. Thiselton, Emeritus Professor of Christian Theology, University of Nottingham and University of Chester



Death until Resurrection is a challenging and provocative read! Martin Luther lectured, taught, and preached on the nature of death and the resurrection with the expected depth of a theologian and the deep interest of a Christian disciple. Joseph Saligoe explores Luther’s thoughts on death and resurrection. He robustly engages Luther’s historical interlocutors on the nature of death until resurrection, while establishing his own original contribution to these debates. I enthusiastically recommend this book to professors and seminarians, as well to pastors, teachers, and grief counselors, who desire to engage this subject matter in a biblically and theologically informed manner.”

—James W. Lewis, Dean Emeritus, Anderson University School of Theology; Pastor, South Park Church of God, Houston, Texas

Contributors-

Joseph Saligoe

Bio(s)-

Joseph Saligoe is the assistant director of ministerial development and credentialing at the World Ministries Center of the Free Methodist Church in Indianapolis. He holds a master’s degree in theological studies, Anderson University (2018); a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Purdue University (1983); and is a PhD candidate in theology, Trinity Theological Seminary.

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