Recently we considered the fact that there will be sacrifices and purity laws in the Age to Come. Now I would like to consider how the purity laws of the Torah point to the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead.
In Part 1, I will explain the tradition of proving the doctrine of the resurrection from the Torah in rabbinic literature. In Part 2, I will summarize the purity laws briefly, show what they have in common, and from there demonstrate that resurrection was always on God’s mind.
It is a mitzvah to demonstrate the doctrine of the resurrection from the Torah. This goes back to the disputes between the Sadducees and the Pharisees about the resurrection and life after death. The Pharisees believed in the hereafter and the coming resurrection. The Sadducees did not which is why they were so sad, you see. You can read in the New Testament about these disputes (Matthew 22:23-33 and Acts 23:6-10).
It was likely because the doctrine of the hereafter and the resurrection is not taught directly in the Torah of Moses that the Sadducees rejected the doctrine. So it became a sort of badge of honor for leading rabbis to have their special proof of the resurrection from the Torah. Here are some examples, as found in Everyman’s Talmud, by Abraham Cohen:
Whence is the doctrine of the resurrection derived from the Torah? As it is said,