What's a good ancient/medieval book on heaven and/or the resurrection of the body?

Greg Forster's picture

I'm in a small Christian book group that's looking for a book to read on heaven and/or the resurrection of the body. We're a very ecumenical group so we need something that's not too narrowly confined to a single theological tradition. Also, we've tackled some pretty serious books and will be looking for something very substantive. Given both of those criteria, I'm thinking there must be something ancient or medieval we could read. Any suggestions? Thanks!

(I recently posted this in another forum but I see now that this is the forum it belongs in.)

noprem's picture

Well, the book recommended to me and which I

recommend to others is called The Bible.
Picking just part of your question, the resurrection of the body [to Heaven], we can read Paul:
1 Cor 15, KJV: "But some [man] will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? ... So also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption ... it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." ("Corruption" here doesn't refer to sin but to the natural state of any animal or plant; the NIV and others say "perishable" and "imperishable.")
Some nominally Christian religions teach that the bodies of the dead are restored to them at the resurrection, before they go to heaven. Is that part of your "ecumenical" belief system? What do you see from scripture?