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Thirteen-year-old Meg envies her sister's good looks and recognition. Her emotions don't make it any more straightforward for her to deal with Molly's unusual disorder and eventual demise.

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5:14) Thus from the earliest generation of people entering into the Jesus Movement, the core promise of the new religion was transcendence of mortality: “Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2). Death will be vanquished, its bitter sting no longer felt. Jesus and Paul promised that these events would transpire sooner, rather than later. In chapter 7 of First Corinthians, Paul urged members of the community not to seek to change their lives: not to marry, nor pursue ambitions; not to start new businesses or undertakings, nor to seek to change their social status.

They celebrated weddings according to long-standing traditions, with jubilant feasts and entertainments, and they sometimes married across religious lines (like Saint Augustine’s parents) without second thoughts. They educated their children in the traditional pagan classics as well as in the Christian scriptures. Christian practices such as shrine incubation (in hope of receiving a healing or a vision) derived from pagan antecedents, as did the custom of leaving ex-votos in gratitude. The veneration of holy objects—salt, water, blood, and phylacteries or amulets—likewise borrowed from existing norms of the broader Greco-Roman world.

Thus the celestial home is not only the New Jerusalem, it is the New Eden: the garden turned city, with the immortal tree at its center. After the general resurrection, the just are guaranteed a steady diet of immortality, the fruit of the tree denied Adam and Eve in punishment for their transgression. The last book of the Christian Bible thus reverses the first: Genesis and Revelation bracket a history of mortality that unfolds like a vast palindrome inscribed upon the human body. Around the same time that the book of Revelation was composed, the Gentile author known to us as Luke was composing his gospel and a sequel, the Acts of the Apostles.

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