Dust or Dew: Immortality in the Ancient Near East and in Psalm 49

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Dust or Dew addresses the question of Israel's unique contribution to beliefs about afterlife in the Ancient Near East as hinted at in Psalm 49. Reading this obscure psalm separately from other diverse contexts is often unrewarding. Dust or Dew shows which other readings, from the literature of both ancient Israel and its neighbors, enriches our understanding not only of the psalm and but also of Israel's developing concepts of sheol and redemption for the righteous. The Korahite clan of Israel emerges from the ...

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Overview

Dust or Dew addresses the question of Israel's unique contribution to beliefs about afterlife in the Ancient Near East as hinted at in Psalm 49. Reading this obscure psalm separately from other diverse contexts is often unrewarding. Dust or Dew shows which other readings, from the literature of both ancient Israel and its neighbors, enriches our understanding not only of the psalm and but also of Israel's developing concepts of sheol and redemption for the righteous. The Korahite clan of Israel emerges from the historical shadows. Finally, new light on Genesis 1-3 enriches understanding of the Psalm 49, while a survey of the icons of ancient goddess worship informs our understanding of Genesis 1-3.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608996612
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Smith is a former geologic draftsperson and illustrator. She holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible from Union Institute & University.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

List of Abbreviations xv

1 Introduction 1

2 A Review of Literature on the Afterlife 15

3 Who Were the Korahites? 54

4 A Pilgrimage through the Korahite Psalter 82

5 Psalm 49: A Translation and Commentary 107

6 The Grim Afterlife of the Ancient Near East 142

7 The Path of Death or Life in the Hebrew Bible 190

8 Conclusion 238

Bibliography 243

Index of Ancient Documents 253

Index of Authors 267

Index of Foreign Gods and Goddesses 270

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