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

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

by Janet K. Smith
     
 

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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. Dust or Dew shows which other readings, from the literature of both ancient Israel and its neighbours, enriches our understanding not only of the psalm but also of Israel's developing concepts of sheol and redemption for the

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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. Dust or Dew shows which other readings, from the literature of both ancient Israel and its neighbours, enriches our understanding not only of the psalm but also of Israel's developing concepts of sheol and redemption for the righteous.

Editorial Reviews

Reviews in Religion & Theology, Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2013 - Lindsey Arielle Askin
Dust or Dew presents a much-needed comparison of Psalm 49 and its afterlife themes with Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife.”
“Smith has accomplished a great deal of work and made many timely connections between the beliefs of Israel and her neighbors.
Review of Biblical Literature - Ilaria L.E. Ramelli
This interesting book […] offers new insights into the somewhat elusive theology and eschatology of Ps 49. […] this careful, comparative investigation is of high interest and suggests new paths of inquiry, especially with regard to the relation between Hebrew notions of afterlife retribution and Zoroastrianism.
Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. 64, No 2, October 2013 - Sue Gillingham
‘[J. Smith] has achieved an impressive breadth of reading […] She has initiated an important work on an important topic.’
Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 73, 2013 - Davida H. Charney
‘In her free-ranging treatment of conceptions of death and the afterlife in Israel and the ancient Near East, S. pulls together a wide variety of sources.’
Theological Book Review
... an original examination of how Psalm 49, when read in the context of the literature of the Ancient Middle East, reveals new insights into the development of Hebrew concepts of the afterlife.
Evangelical Quarterly, vol 86, issue 2, April 2014 - Brian Kelly
This is an imaginative and engagingly written study that is open about its own commitments, and abreast of a wide range of literature and ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780227680216
Publisher:
James Clarke Company, Limited
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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