Zombies in the Bible

The Bible invented the word Apocalypse. The word zombie didn’t exist back then, but the concept of a dead corpse that comes back to life sure did.

We’re not talking here about a good resurrection where the dead get to live again with bliss and joy, like the Bible promises after the end of days; we’re not talking either about some dead who are resurrected by the intervention of a divine force, like Lazarus or Tabitha. We’re talking about a plague that mankind suffers and that turns dead people into a menace for the living.

Zombies in the Bible - The Revelation
1. Let’s begin our search in the Apocalypse, the last book from the New Testament. Shockingly, Apocalypse doesn’t mean end of the world, but a disclosure of knowledge, that is, a Revelation. Many cite this verses as an example of zombies in the Bible:

Revelation 20, 13-14: And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

This seems like a bit of a stretch: Revelation is depicting the Judgment Day, and that doesn’t seem too related to the zombie apocalypse as we know it.

Zombies in the Bible - The book of Isaiah
2. Isaiah gets the spirit of the apocalypse better than the Apocalypse itself. Read and tremble:

Isaiah 26, 19-20: But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. Go, my people, enter your rooms, and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while …until his wrath has passed by.

This is more like it. This is a legitimate zombie outbreak. Maybe not a teotwawki zombie apocalypse, but a good scare at least.

Zombies in the Bible - Zechariah
3. Zechariah really gets it. Of all the Bible quotes, Zechariah is the one that depicts the zombie apocalypse more clearly:

Zechariah 14,12:
And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.

Definitely a zombie plague. An undead decomposing corpse, able to stand on its feet while death rots its organs. If only they’d feed on the living.

Zombies in the Bible - St John
4. Many people talk about Jesus as if he was a zombie. They say that he was dead and then he came back to life, therefore, he must be a zombie. Well, if they’re mistaking the zombie apocalypse for Jesus’ resurrection, clearly they haven’t watched a single episode of The Walking Dead. But, then, some people cite this passage:

John 6,53: Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

Consumption of living flesh is one of the most prominent zombie features. But, if you read carefully, it’s not saying that Jesus is a zombie; in any case, it’s saying that the rest of the humans are. I could agree with that.

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