When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Matthew 16:13-20; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:18
The Disciples named some of the earlier prophets. What does this mean? Rebirth was an accepted idea at the Time. It was only later the Church rejected this idea as a religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body as the doctrine of the eastern religions.