ascension


ascension
The ascent of Jesus into heaven (Acts 1:2–11; a shorter version is in Luke 24:50–3). There are two OT stories and also Ps. 110 which form the background of the accounts. When Enoch [[➝ Enoch, books of]] had attained 365 years, he ‘walked with God’; then he was no more, because God took him (Gen. 5:24); the prophet Elijah was taken to heaven by a whirlwind (2 Kgs. 2:11). Ascension stories (e.g. of Heracles) also circulated in the pagan Hellenistic world. The character of Jesus' appearances after Easter as recorded by Luke have a more ‘solid’ ‘corporeal’ and evidential nature than elsewhere in the NT, even though the risen body could pass through doors. It was necessary for Luke to explain that the appearances would cease and be replaced by the presence in the Church of the Holy Spirit, and his solution was to use the OT notion of ascension after forty days (cf. Elijah's journey of forty days and nights to Horeb the Mount of God, 1 Kgs. 19:8) to signify the termination of resurrection appearances and the completion of Jesus' work of redemption and his ascendancy in a Messianic kingdom over all things.
Traditionally, the Ascension has been regarded as a physical elevation and many famous pictures, e.g. by Tintoretto in Venice, show Jesus moving upwards in a cloud, even leaving behind a footprint on the ground. However, given the OT background the Ascension should be regarded as Luke's way of expressing his understanding of the completion of one era and the inauguration of another, that of the Church, which at Pentecost would shortly be endowed with the Holy Spirit which the heavenly Christ would send for the completion of his mission (John 20:21). Although the Ascension has often been understood in the past in a literal way, there is a valid symbolical interpretation, for the spatial metaphor of height expresses the idea of transcendence.

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  • ascension — [ asɑ̃sjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1620; asention fin XIIe; lat. ascensio, de ascendere « monter » ♦ Action ou fait de monter, de s élever. ⇒ montée. 1 ♦ Théol. Élévation miraculeuse de Jésus Christ dans le ciel, quarante jours après sa résurrection. Par ext.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Ascension — • The elevation of Christ into heaven by His own power in presence of His disciples the fortieth day after His Resurrection Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Ascension     Ascension …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • ascension — ASCENSION. s. f. Élévation. Il se dit ordinairement De l élévation miraculeuse de Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ, lorsqu il monta au Ciel. La glorieuse Ascension du Fils de Dieu. Les Apôtres se trouvèrent à l Ascension de Notre Seigneur. f♛/b] Il se …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Ascension — As*cen sion, n. [F. ascension, L. ascensio, fr. ascendere. See {Ascend}.] 1. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the fortieth day after his resurrection. ( Acts i. 9.) Also,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ascension — Ascension. s. f. Eslevation, il ne se dit guere que de l Eslevation miraculeuse de nostre Seigneur Jesus Christ dans le ciel par sa propre vertu. La glorieuse Ascension du Fils de Dieu. les Apostres se trouverent à son Ascension. Il signifie… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • ascensión — sustantivo femenino 1. Acción y resultado de ascender: Contemplaba la alegre ascensión de globos de colores. Los ciclistas iniciaron la ascensión a un puerto de primera categoría. Sinónimo: ascenso. Antónimo: descenso. 2. Área: religión …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • ascension — ascension, ascent denote the act of moving upward or the movement upward. Ascension may occur where there is no implication of effort or difficulty in rising, and where there is usually the suggestion of movement activated by some property in the …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ascension — [ə sen′shən] n. [ME ascensioun < OFr ascension < L ascensio, a rising < pp. of ascendere, ASCEND] 1. the act of ascending; ascent 2. [A ] Ascension Day the Ascension Bible the bodily ascent of Jesus into heaven on the fortieth day after… …   English World dictionary


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