Christians speaking to the dead

trueseek1's picture

Had never thought of it this way, until I found a book on the shelf expounding on one of the well known passages of the Holy Scriptures: The Transfiguration passage. Jesus has a live visit from Moses and Elijah and in the presence of the other fallible men, a couple of apostles, he enters into conversation with these two "dead saints". The author also highlighted another instance when God rose the dead and they went into the cities to show themselves as alive in Christ. I had read these passages many times before, and heard countless evangelical sermons on them, but in all my previous readings of the last couple of hundred years of evangelical commentaries, I had never heard of the reality that these visitations represented. Does anyone know how did the faithful early Church fathers who honored God, in the nonheretical Church, view these passages?

Also, the author differentiated clearly between using a medium to reach the dead as Saul did to talk to Samuel, and both these passages, with the understanding that Christ revealed clearly that it is not sinful to have a conversation with a live saint, but evil if one tries to use mediums as the ungodly do.

Thanks for all insights on these passages.

AbrahamL's picture

Cool to see people who are

Cool to see people who are interested in the Syriac point of view. St. Ignatius was the first real patriarch, after St. Peter and St. Evodius, of the Syriac Orthodox Church. I am proud to be a member of this church who didn't change much through time and are speaking the Aramaic language(a dialect of it)

Cool fact is: My bisschops name is now Polycarpus.

I will comment on the topic when I have the time for it.

Best writer known about the vision of the Syriac Orthodox is St. Ephraim the Syrian.