The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Immortality, Ancient Beliefs in
Immortality, Ancient Beliefs in Surveys the varied beliefs regarding life after death across the ancient Near East.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Immortal i-môrʹtəl; IMMORTALITY im-ôr-talʹə-tē [Heb. ʾal-māweṯ] (Prov. 12:28); [Gk. athanasía] (1 Cor. 15:53f.; 1 Tim. 6:16); [Gk. aphtharsía] (Rom. 2:7; 2 Tim. 1:10); [Gk. áphthartos] (Rom. 1:23; 1 Tim. 1:17); AV also UNCORRUPTIBLE (Rom. 1:23). The noun athanasía, “deathlessness,” denotes
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
immortality, immunity to death, endless existence. Two Greek words express the idea of immortality, aphtharsia and athanasia; they occur together in 1 Cor. 15:53, where the former is translated “imperishability” (cf. Rom. 2:7, where it is rendered “immortality”). It is significant that the only passages
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
IMMORTALITY. Athanasia (“deathlessness”) and aphtharsia (“incorruptibility”) are the two Gr. words designating immortality. Athanasia if found in 1 Cor 15:53 f., 1 Tim 6:16; aphtharsia is found in Rom 2:7; 1 Cor 15:42, 50, 53 f.; Eph 6:24 (translated “sincerity”); 2 Tim 1:10; and the adjective aphthartos
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Immorality (Heb. ˒al-māweṯ; Gk. athanasía, aphtharsía, áphthartos).†
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
ImmortalityAthanasia, a Greek word that literally means, “not subject to death,” or “that which will never die,” occurs rarely in the NT and is used only by Paul (three times: 1 Cor 15:53, 54; 1 Tim 6:16) to express the idea of immortality. Aphtharsia (literally, “not subject to decay”), another uniquely
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Mortality and Immortality
Mortality and ImmortalityHuman beings are mortal, that is, subject to bodily death. God is immortal (Rev 4:8–10; 10:6), but he bestows immortality as a grace. 1. Background 2. Acts 3. Hebrews and General Epistles 4. Revelation 5. Postapostolic Developments
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
immortality. Though in no sense a specifically Christian doctrine, the hope of immortality is an integral element in Christian belief, where it receives emphatic insistence and a characteristic shape. In pre-Christian times, the Greeks esp. developed a reasoned doctrine on the subject. The rationality
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
IMMORTALITY. “Exemption from death and annihilation”; with reference to man, unending personal existence beyond the grave.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Immortalityperpetuity of existence. The doctrine of immortality is taught in the Old Testament. It is plainly implied in the writings of Moses (Gen. 5:22, 24; 25:8; 37:35; 47:9; 49:29, comp. Heb. 11:13–16; Ex. 3:6, comp. Matt. 22:23). It is more clearly and fully taught in the later books (Isa. 14:9;
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Immortalityimmortality, immunity to death, endless existence. Two Greek words express the idea of immortality. One (athanasia) is translated literally as deathlessness (1 Cor. 15:53); the other (aphtharsia) as imperishability (Rom. 2:7). It is significant that the only passages in the Greek version
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Immortality. Immortality is the term commonly applied to the belief that human persons, at least in their spiritual dimension, consciously survive death and live on forever.
Key passages
Ro 2:7

to those who, by perseverance in good work, seek glory and honor and immortality, eternal life,

1 Co 15:52–54

in a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For it is necessary for this perishable body to put on incorruptibility, and this mortal body to put on immortality. But whenever this perishable …

1 Ti 6:16

the one who alone possesses immortality, who lives in unapproachable light, whom no human being has seen nor is able to see, to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen.

2 Ti 1:9–10

who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace that was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been disclosed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought to light …