Death Burial and Rebirth in Religions of Antiquity

Death Burial and Rebirth in Religions of Antiquity

by Jon Davies
     
 

In Death, Burial and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity, Jon Davies charts the significance of death to the emerging religious cults in the pre-Christian and early Christian world. He analyses the varied burial rituals and examines the different notions of the afterlife. Among the areas covered are:
* Osiris and Isis: the life theology of

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In Death, Burial and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity, Jon Davies charts the significance of death to the emerging religious cults in the pre-Christian and early Christian world. He analyses the varied burial rituals and examines the different notions of the afterlife. Among the areas covered are:
* Osiris and Isis: the life theology of Ancient Egypt
* burying the Jewish dead
* Roman religion and Roman funerals
* Early Christian burial
* the nature of martyrdom.
Jon Davies also draws on the sociological theory of Max Weber to present a comprehensive introduction to and overview of death, burial and the afterlife in the first Christian centuries which offers insights into the relationship between social change and attitudes to death and dying.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415129909
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Religion in the First Christian Centuries Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction1
Pt. IDeath in the Ancient Near East23
1Osiris and Isis: The life-theology of Ancient Egypt27
2Zoroaster, Ahura Mazda and Ahriman40
3Canaanites and Mesopotamians47
4Mere texts or living realities? The possible influence of the older thanatologies on Judaism and Christianity60
Pt. IIFrom caves and rock-cut tombs to Judaism69
5The general archaeology of the Ancient Near East71
6Judaism: Towards the common era84
7Burying the Jewish dead95
8Good luck with your resurrection! Opening the heavens and raising the dead110
Pt. IIIRomans and Greeks: A theodicy of good fortune?125
9Roman and Greek philosophies of death127
10Roman religion and Roman funerals139
11Ovid's 'ever-varying forms': Greek mythologies, sarcophagi and the boundaries of mortality155
12Ovid's 'bonds of love and duty': Funerals, epitaphs, orations and death in the arena167
Pt. IVChristians, martyrs, soldiers, saints187
13Christian burial191
14The nature of martyrdom201
Epilogue: Sacrificial living and sacrificial dying: Christians in the world217
Appendix221
Bibliography225
Index240

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