How many people in the Bible
were brought back to life?

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QUESTION: In the Bible, how many people were brought back to life (resurrected) from the dead other than Jesus? What were the names of these people and who performed these awesome miracles?

ANSWER: The Bible lists TEN separate occasions when God brought people back to life.  Elijah the prophet was the first person to raise someone from the dead.

20. And he cried to the LORD, and said, "O LORD my God, have You also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn by slaying her son?" 21. And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried to the LORD, and said, "O LORD my God, please let this child's life come to him again." 22. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child came into him again, and he lived (1Kings 17:20 - 22, HBFV throughout)

Elisha raises the son of a Shunammite woman.

32. And Elisha had come to the house. And behold, the boy was dead, and laid out upon his bed . . . 34. And he went up and lay upon the boy, and put his mouth upon his mouth and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands. And he stretched himself upon the boy. And the flesh of the boy became warm . . . 36. And he called Gehazi and said, "Call this Shunammite." And he called her, and she came in to him. And he said, "Take up your son!" (2Kings 4:32, 34, 36)

God uses the bones of Elisha to raise a man back to life.

20. And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the first of the year. 21. Now it came to pass as they were burying a man, behold, they spied a band of men. And they threw the man into the grave of Elisha. And the man went down and touched the bones of Elisha, and revived and stood up on his feet (2 Kings 13:20 - 21).

Jesus resurrects the only son of a widowed woman from Nain and raises from the dead the daughter of Jarius, who is a ruler in the synagogue.

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11. Now it came to pass on the next day that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a great multitude. 12. And as He drew near to the gate of the city, behold, one who had died was being carried out, an only son to his mother, and she was a widow; and a considerable crowd from the city was with her. 13. And when the Lord saw her, He was moved with compassion for her and said to her, "Do not weep." 14. And He came up to the bier and touched it, and those who were bearing it stopped. Then He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise!" (Luke 7:11 - 14)

49. While He was yet speaking, one came from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, "Your daughter has died. Do not trouble the Master." 50. But hearing this, Jesus answered him, saying, "Do not be afraid. Only believe, and she shall be restored." 51. And when He went into the house . . . 52. And they were all weeping and bewailing her. But He said, "Do not weep. She is not dead, but is sleeping." . . . 54. But after putting everyone outside, He took hold of her hand and called out, saying, "Child, arise." (Luke 8:49 - 52, 54)

Christ's third, and most well-known miracle of bringing someone back to life, was Lazarus (John 11).

God resurrected saints back to a physical existence immediately AFTER Jesus was given his spirit life back.

52. And the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had died arose. 53. And after His resurrection, they came out of the tombs and entered into the holy city, and appeared to many (Matthew 27:52 - 53) 

In Joppa, Peter resurrects a generous woman named Tabitha  (Acts 9:36 - 41). In Troas the apostle Paul raises from the dead a young man named Eutychus who fell from a window (Acts 20:7 - 12).

The last known person in the Bible raised back to life was the apostle Paul himself after being stoned by an unruly mob in Lystra (Acts 14:19 - 20)!

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