Death and Afterlife: Perspectives of World Religions / Edition 1

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Major religious traditions of the world contain perspectives of perennial importance on the topic of death and afterlife. Such concepts are not only reflected directly in mortuary and funerary practices, but also inform patterns of beliefs and rituals that shape human lifestyles. Here thirteen scholars, each a specialist in a particular religious tradition, outline the beliefs and practices relating to death and afterlife. The volume introduction provides a framework for understanding the evolutionary relationships among world religions and the unity as well as the diversity of their quest for overcoming death.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275941048
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1991
  • Series: Contributions to the Study of Religion Series , #33
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 710,276
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

HIROSHI OBAYASHI is Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Religion at Rutgers University, where he teaches a course on Death and Afterlife.

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Table of Contents


Introduction by Hiroshi Obayashi

Death and Afterlife in Nonliterate and Ancient Religions

Living with Spirits: Death and Afterlife in African Religions by George C. Bond

The Fate of Mankind: The Problem of Death and Afterlife in Ancient Mesopotamia by Jerrold S. Cooper

Taking It With You: Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt by William J. Murnane

Death and Afterlife in Greek Tragedy and Plato by Helen F. North

Death and Afterlife in Western Religions

From Witchcraft to Justice: Death and Afterlife in the Old Testament by George E. Mendenhall

Death and Afterlife in the New Testament by Leander E. Keck

Bound Up in the Bond of Life: Death and Afterlife in Jewish Tradition by Robert Goldenberg

Death and Eternal Life in Christianity by Hiroshi Obayashi

"Your Sight Today Is Piercing": The Muslim Understanding of Death and Afterlife by William C. Chittick

Death and Afterlife in Eastern Religions

Hindu Views of Death and Afterlife by Thomas J. Hopkins

Death as Threat, Death as Achievement: Buddhist Perspectives with Particular Reference to the Theravada Tradition by Frank E. Reynolds

The Tibetan Tantric View of Death and Afterlife by Elisabeth Benard

Death and Afterlife in Chinese Religions by Judith A. Berling



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