The raising of Lazarus vs Jewish belief of the spirit

The Jews had a belief that the spirit of the dead kept vigil by the tomb for three days, watching for a chance to come back into the body; but on the fourth day, when the disintegration of the body has fully set in, the spirit flies away. (1926 Peloubet’s Select Notes on the International Sunday School Lessons, page 66) By waiting until the fourth day to raise Lazarus, Jesus was dismissing the validity of this belief. Obviously there was much more addressed in the miracle, but it is interesting that the Jews had this superstition.

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