The Fate of the Dead: Studies on the Jewish and Christian Apocalypses

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BRILL, 1998 - Religion - 425 pages
These studies focus on personal eschatology in the Jewish and early Christian apocalypses. The apocalyptic tradition from its Jewish origins until the early middle ages is studied as a continuous literary tradition, in which both continuity of motifs and important changes in understanding of life after death can be charted. As well as better known apocalypses, major and often pioneering attention is given to those neglected apocalypses which portray human destiny after death in detail, such as the Apocalypse of Peter, the Apocalypse of the Seven Heavens, the later apocalypses of Ezra, and the four apocalypses of the Virgin Mary. Relationships with Greco-Roman eschatology are explored. Several chapters show how specific New Testament texts are illuminated by close knowledge of this tradition of ideas and images of the hereafter.
 

Contents

Descents to the Underworld
9
Early Jewish Visions of Hell
49
Visiting the Places of the Dead in the ExtraCanonical
81
The Parable and
95
6
119
Attitudes to
132
Augustine the Compassionate Christians and
149
A Jewish Christian Apocalypse
160
A Quotation from 4Q Second Ezekiel in the Apocalypse
259
Resurrection as Giving Back the Dead
269
The Latin
304
The Four Apocalypses of the Virgin Mary
332
Genre Unity and Date
363
Indices
391
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Richard Bauckham is Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has published very widely in theology, early Judaism, and biblical studies. Apocalyptic literature has long been one major focus of his work.

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