“Many men and women who had died came back to life again” — zombies in the Bible?

Matthew 27, verses 51-52 states: “The earth shook, the rocks broke and tombs opened and many men and women who had died came back to life again.  They left the cemetery and went into the city and appeared to many people there.”

Were these “living dead” people zombies?

A comic book artist thinks so.  See his graphic art here.

Christians, of course, view the account as probably not an historical claim, but a theological construction meant to signify Jesus’ death as the trigger of a general resurrection.  John Byron, Professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary, suggests that “it is possible that Matthew has woven together scripture (Ezekiel 37:12), an historical event (an earthquake), and the Jewish/Christian hope of resurrection to create a rich, theologically symbolic picture of the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.”

I agree with this explanation, but I enjoy the zombie art too!

More on the theology of zombies:

The theology of zombies: the end of the world, resurrection and the nature of the human soul

Real-life tale of Irish zombies: archaeologists discover 8th. century human skeletons with stones in their mouths

Michael Licona on Matthew 27:52-53, the ‘mini’ resurrection of the saints (or why they were NOT zombies!)

More on visual arts: 

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