Ascent to Heaven
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ascent to Heaven
Ascent to Heaven A literary motif, found in several biblical texts and traditions, in which a person ascends to the heavenly realm. A revelatory experience especially common in apocalyptic literature.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Heaven, Ascent to
HEAVEN, ASCENT TO. The motif of the journey to heaven is a vitally important phenomenon of ancient Mediterranean religions. There are five figures in the Bible who, according to standard Jewish and Christian interpretation, are reported to have ascended to heaven: Enoch (Gen 5:24); Elijah (2 Kgs 2:1–12);
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
AscensionThe present, ascended status of Jesus is a foundational aspect of the apostolic faith, well attested in the NT writings. Usually, Jesus’ exaltation in heaven* is thought of as the counterpart of his resurrection.* Only Luke provides a narrative in which the ascension of Jesus into heaven is
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Heavenly Ascent in Jewish and Pagan Traditions
HEAVENLY ASCENT IN JEWISH AND PAGAN TRADITIONSThe NT contains numerous references to heavenly ascent or rapture: for example, the transfiguration (Mk 9:2–8 par.); the ascension (Lk 24:50–3; Acts 1:1–12; cf. 2:34; Jn 3:13–14; 6:62; 20:17; Phil 2:6–11; Eph 4:8–10; Rev 12:5); the rapture of the church
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
apotheosis (Gk. ἀποθέωσις from θεός, ‘god’), the assimilation of a man to a god. Greeks and Romans made no firm distinction between gods and men, and at latest from the reign of Alexander (356–323 bc) cults were rendered to rulers both before and after their death, as if to gods, though it does not
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Apotheosis. Critics have used theories of apotheosis to argue that Christ’s deity and resurrection are not unique beliefs to Christianity. Theories of apotheosis regarding persons who are taken to heaven and divinized have been told by other religions (see Mithraism). Among notable modern critics who
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
AscensionThe ascension of Jesus into heaven is narrated only by Luke-in brief form in Luke 24:51 (“While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven” RSV) and in an extended version in Acts 1:6–11. The main image pattern associated with the event is the imagery of transcendence:
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Ascension Day
Ascension Day or Holy Thursday. The day set apart by the Catholic and Anglican Church to commemorate the ascent of our Lord from earth to heaven.Formerly it was customary to beat the bounds of each respective parish on this day, and many practical jokes were played even during the first quarter of the
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Apotheosis.—Deification, or the raising of a mortal to the rank of a god. Among heathens generally, and especially among the Romans, every departed spirit became a deity; and as it was common for children to worship (privately) the manes of their fathers, so it was natural for divine honors to be publicly
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
ApotheosisThis term denotes the elevation of a person to the status of a deity, normally to be sharply distinguished from deification. Greeks and Romans regularly assimilated emperors or heroes as gods, often after their deaths, while Christians rigidly contrasted God from created persons and objects.
Dictionary of Theological Terms
ApotheosisDeification; exalting a creature to the honours of deity. In the Greek church, there has always been a strong taint of this in their view of salvation. For many of their theologians, salvation means ultimate deification (see Theosis). This is also the folly of Mormonism* and many New Age*
TheosisA popular heresy in the Eastern Orthodox church that regards salvation as deification, man becoming divine. According to this theory man is called to be a god, and the grace of God in Christ accomplishes this end. One Orthodox theologian, Constantine Cavarnos, held that deification “is the final
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Theosis. Greek for “deification.” A term used by the Orthodox churches, and also many Catholics and some Protestants, to describe the desired end result of the salvation process. Some scholars prefer to retain the Greek, theōsis, rather than use the Latin translation because of the latter’s pantheistic
Key passages
Ge 5:24

And Enoch walked with God, and he was no more, for God took him.

Lk 24:50–51

And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. And it happened that while he was blessing them, he parted from them and was taken up into heaven.

Ac 1:1–12

I produced the former account, O Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and to teach, until the day he was taken up, after he had given orders through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen, to whom he also presented himself alive after he suffered, with many …

Eph 4:7–11

Now to each one of us was given this grace, according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “Ascending on high he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men.” Now “he ascended,” what is it, except that he also descended to the lower …