Zombies of the Bible

Martin Kaminer martin.kaminer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 25 15:42:21 UTC 2013

Every Friday Morning (including this one) I go to a prayer service at
my daughter's school to which parents are invited.  It includes the
Amidah prayer (said thrice daily), the second section of which
contains the lines:

בָּרוּך אַתָּה יְיָ, מְחַיֵּה הַמֵּתִים
"Blessed Are You God (Who) Reanimates The Dead"

As with anything else religious there is considerable
dispute/discussion about this but the Biblical source most often cited
is Isaiah 26:19 "Thy dead men shall live; together with my dead body
shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust; for thy dew
is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead."

As I've told my son, I've found that silently imagining a Biblical
Zombie Apocalypse can be a refreshing way to liven up a lengthy
religious service.

On Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> At 10/25/2013 03:33 AM, W Brewer wrote:
>>Story of Lazarus sure freaked me out as a kid. "Lazarus! Git yo' ass on out
>>cheer!" as a fellow acolyte paraphrased it.
> I had not thought of Lazarus; that story is not in my Bible.  But I
> concede he is a possibility for the Bible of Old South of Boston.
> Is being raised from the dead sufficient, or must we find additional
> confirming -- or refuting -- evidence from Lazarus's afterlife?
> Wikipedia tells me "The Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic
> traditions offer varying accounts of the later events of his
> life."  But all I find there is "The Gospel of John mentions Lazarus
> again in chapter 12. Six days before the Passover on which Jesus is
> crucified, Jesus returns to Bethany and Lazarus attends a supper that
> Martha, his sister, serves."  We don't know what Lazarus ate.
> Joel
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