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: 9780791423462
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Wisdom's Place

Jonathan Z. Smith

Chapter 2 Ascent to the Stars in a Mesopotamian Ritual:Social Metaphor and Religious Experience

Tzvi Abusch

Late Antiquity

Chapter 3 A Throne in the Heavens: Apotheosis in Pre-Christian Judaism

John J. Collins

Chapter 4 The Seven Heavens in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses

Adela Y. Collins

Chapter 5 Paul and the Beginning of Jewish Mysticism

Alan F. Segal

Chapter 6 The Practice of Ascent in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Martha Himmelfarb

Chapter 7 Mystical Descents

Guy G. Stroumsa

The Crown of Immortality: Toward a Redescription of Christian Martyrdom

Arthur J. Droge

Chapter 9 Abathur, A New Etymology

Nathaniel Deutsch


Chapter 10 The Imagination of Death in Spirituality Jewish

Michael Fishbane

Chapter 11 Weeping, Death, and Spiritual Ascent in Sixteenth Century Jewish Mysticism

Elliot R. Wolfson

Chapter 12 Between Authority and Indeterminacy: Some Reflections on Kabbalistic Hermeneutics

Moshe Idel

Chapter 13 Hekhalot and Mi’raj:Observations on the Heavenly Journey in Judaism and Islam

David J. Halperin

Chapter 14 The Role of the "Anima Mundi" as Mediator Between the Divine and Created Realms in the Twelfth Century

Bernard McGinn

Early Modern

Chapter 15 Death and the Distribution of Sacral Power in Early Japanese Mythistory

Gary L. Ebersole

Chapter 16 To Hell and Back: Death, Near-Death and Other Worldly Journeys in Early Medieval China

Robert Ford Campany

Chapter 17 Sir Henry Vane: Mystical Piety in the Puritan Revolution

W. Clark Gilpin


Chapter 18 Death, and Near-Death Today

Carol Zaleski


Biblical References Index

Nonbiblical Authors and Works Index

Modern Authors Index

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