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Death, Ecstasy, and Other Worldly Journeys [NOOK Book]


This is a psychological and historical exploration of belief in a spirit world, imperceptible to the senses, as a pervasive and deeply-rooted characteristic of religion.
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Death, Ecstasy, and Other Worldly Journeys

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This is a psychological and historical exploration of belief in a spirit world, imperceptible to the senses, as a pervasive and deeply-rooted characteristic of religion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791499542
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Antiquity 1
Ch. 1 Wisdom's Place 3
Ch. 2 Ascent to the Stars in a Mesopotamian Ritual: Social Metaphor and Religious Experience 15
Late Antiquity 39
Ch. 3 A Throne in the Heavens: Apotheosis in Pre-Christian Judaism 41
Ch. 4 The Seven Heavens in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses 57
Ch. 5 Paul and the Beginning of Jewish Mysticism 93
Ch. 6 The Practice of Ascent in the Ancient Mediterranean World 121
Ch. 7 Mystical Descents 137
Ch. 8 The Crown of Immortality: Toward a Redescription of Christian Martyrdom 153
Ch. 9 Abathur, A New Etymology 169
Medieval 179
Ch. 10 The Imagination of Death in Jewish Spirituality 181
Ch. 11 Weeping, Death, and Spiritual Ascent in Sixteenth Century Jewish Mysticism 207
Ch. 12 Between Authority and Indeterminacy: Some Reflections on Kabbalistic Hermeneutics 245
Ch. 13 Hekhalot and Miraj: Observations on the Heavenly Journey in Judaism and Islam 265
Ch. 14 The Role of the "Anima Mundi" as Mediator Between the Divine and Created Realms in the Twelfth Century 285
Early Modern 317
Ch. 15 Death and the Distribution of Sacral Power in Early Japanese Mythistory 319
Ch. 16 To Hell and Back: Death, Near-Death and Other Worldly Journeys in Early Medieval China 339
Ch. 17 Sir Henry Vane: Mystical Piety in the Puritan Revolution 357
Contemporary 377
Ch. 18 Death, and Near-Death Today 379
Contributors 405
Biblical References Index 411
Nonbiblical Authors and Works Index 415
Modern Authors Index 421
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