1 Corinthians 15:52

New Testament

50 Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed 52 in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen,“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

Mekhilta d'Rabbi Ishmael 19.4.2

Halakhic Midrash

"and I bore you on eagles' wings": R. Eliezer says: This refers to the day of the exodus, when all of them were gathered together and came to Ramses in an instant [in the twinkling of an eye]. "and I brought you to Me": before Mount Sinai. R. Akiva says: It refers to the day of the giving of the Torah, when Israel recoiled twelve mil and returned twelve mil — so that they "traveled" twenty-four mil for each pronouncement. "and I will bring you" — to the Temple.

 Notes and References

"... according to one view the verse means 'desist from evildoing and do penitence but for the twinkling of an eye, and redemption will come. That punning interpretations of this sort go back a long way is certain ... In conclusion we would lay a ghost walking the most reputable dictionaries. In the first half of the last century Gesenius, in his Thesaurus, explained petha 'suddenly' - and pith'om, treated as an outgrowth of it - as deriving from pathah, 'to open'. The basic meaning was 'an opening of the eyes', hence 'a moment of time', 'suddenly'. He adduced the German Augenblick as a parallel. If this were correct, petha would anticipate by about a thousand years the Rabbinic and Pauline 'twinkling of an eye' (though this is not, we saw, synonymous with 'suddenly'). Nothing a Fiori exceptionable in this; only it just does not happen to be the case ..."

Daube, David The Sudden in the Scriptures (pp. 78-79) Brill, 1964

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