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Jewish Views of the Afterlife

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In Jewish Views of the Afterlife, Simcha Paull Raphael guides the reader thru 4000 years of Jewish thought on the afterlife by investigating pertinent sacred texts produced in each era. Thru a compilation of ideas found in the Bible, Apocrypha, rabbinic literature, medieval philosophy, medieval Midrash, Kabbalah & Hasidism, readers learn how Judaism conceived of the fa ...more
Paperback, 521 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Jason Aronson (first published November 1st 1994)
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Caleb Greenwood
Afterlife beliefs for Jew were by no means a tacked-on continuance of life, but rather a continuance of their existence, as normal as anything within their culture.

I used this book as part of a research project on the Jewish understand of Jesus' resurrection in light of eschatology. This book was both scholarly well-cited as well as an easy read. I feel this as an excellent journey through the evolution of Israelite/Jewish beliefs revealing that the Isreal/Jewish belief of afterlife evolved alon
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Nov 20, 2008 Diana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind and anyone willing to expand their spirituality
Recommended to Diana by: A wonderful wise Jewish man
What a great book for someone who wants more understanding of different religions. You don't have to be agnostic, but you do have to have an open mind and be willing to question your own beliefs. It has strengthened mine.
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exploring more modern views on Jweish thought and the "afterlife"
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