During a sermon I heard the pastor saying that there are 12 resurrections in the Bible.

Are there more than 12, less or exactly 12 resurrections in the Bible?

At the moment I can remember the following ones:

  1. The resurrection of the son of Zarephath's widow
  2. The resurrection of the son of the great Shunammite woman
  3. The man that comes to live touching the Elisha's bones
  4. Lazarus's resurrection
  5. The Jesus's resurrection
  6. The people that came to life when Jesus died.

I am sure that there are other resurrections. Which are them?

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    Wait a minute... if resurrection is to return to their proper/embodied state, in which they will remain forever after then does that mean that the people in 1-4 never died again? Or are we talking about revival here? Edit: see my other question
    – Matt
    Dec 29 '13 at 15:39
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    I wonder if one can call the miracles that brought people back to life again resurrections?
    – Rosie
    May 11 '15 at 17:24
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a trivia question which depends on what you count as a valid resurrection.
    – curiousdannii
    Dec 8 '16 at 7:40
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    Agreeing that this is based on some very confused theology. Resurrection has a specific meaning: to be raised from death into immortality, the next step in the Christian model of human progression. Being raised from death back to continue on in mortal life is something different and should not have the term "resurrection" applied to it.
    – Mason Wheeler
    Mar 21 '19 at 14:51
  1. Elijah resurrected the son of a widow in Zarephath (1 Kings 17:7-24).
  2. Elisha resurrected the son of the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:8-35).
  3. A dead man came back to life when he touches Elisha's bones (2 Kings 13:21).
  4. Jesus resurrected the widow's son at Nain (Luke 7:11-15).
  5. Jesus raised the daughter of Jairus, a Synagogue leader from the dead (Matthew 9:18-25, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56).
  6. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:43-44).
  7. Many saints were resurrected at the death of Jesus Christ (Matthew 27:50-53).
  8. The resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:5-7).
  9. Peter raised a female disciple named Tabitha from the dead at Joppa (Acts 9:36-42).
  10. Paul raised Eutychus from the dead at Troas (Acts 20:6-12).
  11. Paul was revived from a near death condition. There is some possibility that Paul was actually dead for a short time (Acts 14:19-20).
  12. Abraham received back his one and only son Isaac, who was to be sacrificed on the altar. It is possible that Isaac was already dead in the heart of his father, Abraham. There is a strong connection between this story and the death and resurrection of Jesus. (Genesis 22).
  • Nice answer. But can you proof that there are no other resurrections in the Bible? Dec 29 '13 at 13:18
  • Let me know if there are others.
    – Mawia
    Dec 29 '13 at 13:19
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    I had to improvise the last two points just to complete the number 12. He He :P
    – Mawia
    Dec 29 '13 at 13:26
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    Many scholars believe that Jonah died and revived in that fish's belly.
    – LCIII
    Mar 21 '19 at 13:18
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    Counting Isaac is really pushing the point. Isaac did not ...how can I put this...actually die. Mar 21 '19 at 17:56

To add to @Mawia's list, consider Moses. He was seen on the Mount of Transfiguration by Peter and company. We know he died, yet here he is! The passage does not say whether Moses was merely a spirit or had a corporeal body, so this is ambiguous.

It might be asked whether it was really Moses and Elijah who were present or whether only their spectres were set before the disciples, just as often the prophets saw visions of absent things. Although there is much to be said on both sides, as they say, yet it seems more likely to me that they really were brought to that place. (John Calvin)

(Quoted from this article: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/themelios/article/the-transfiguration-of-jesus-christ/ )

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    Jesus specifically called this a "vision" at Matt. 17:9.
    – agarza
    Mar 10 '21 at 18:00
  • I consulted 60 English translations. 38 call it a vision, while 22 have variants of "what you saw" or "what you have seen". The Greek word is orama. It can have either meaning, depending on context. Mar 11 '21 at 15:13

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