Jewish Views Of The Afterlife / Edition 2

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Overview

The second edition of the classic Jewish Views of the Afterlife features new material on the practical implications of Jewish afterlife beliefs, including funeral, burial, shiva, and more. With an updated look at how views on life after death have changed in recent years, Simcha Paull Raphael guides the reader through 4,000 years of Jewish thought on the afterlife by investigating pertinent sacred texts produced in each era. Through a compilation of ideas found in the Bible, Apocrypha, rabbinic literature, medieval philosophy, medieval Midrash, Kabbalah, and Hasidism, the reader learns how Judaism conceived of the fate of the individual after death throughout Jewish history. While many affirm a belief in the afterlife, a scarce few are aware of where these teachings can be found in Jewish literature. Among the topics discussed in this fascinating volume are heaven and hell, Olam Ha-Ba (The World to Come), Gan Eden, resurrection of the dead, immortality of the soul, and divine judgment prior to death. Both historical and contemporary, this book provides a rich resource for scholars and lay people, for teachers and students, and makes an important Jewish contribution to the growing contemporary psychology of death and dying.

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Editorial Reviews

Association Of Jewish Libraries
Praise for the first edition:

[Raphael] traces, in a synoptic style, 4,000 years of Jewish thought on the afterlife by investigating pertinent sacred texts produced in each era. From the Bible, Apocrypha, rabbinic literature, medieval philosophy, medieval Midrash, Kabbalah, and Hasidism, the reader learns how Judaism conceived of the fate of the individual after death throughout Jewish history.

Journal of Nietzsche Studies
[Raphael] traces, in a synoptic style, 4,000 years of Jewish thought on the afterlife by investigating pertinent sacred texts produced in each era. From the Bible, Apocrypha, rabbinic literature, medieval philosophy, medieval Midrash, Kabbalah, and Hasidism, the reader learns how Judaism conceived of the fate of the individual after death throughout Jewish history.
Journal Of Nietzsche Studies
Praise for the first edition:

[Raphael] traces, in a synoptic style, 4,000 years of Jewish thought on the afterlife by investigating pertinent sacred texts produced in each era. From the Bible, Apocrypha, rabbinic literature, medieval philosophy, medieval Midrash, Kabbalah, and Hasidism, the reader learns how Judaism conceived of the fate of the individual after death throughout Jewish history.

Studies In Religion/Sciences Religieuses
Since its first publication in 1994, I have recommended this book to many students and congregants…. Wide-ranging, passionate, clearly written, and thoroughly researched…. For many readers, then, this important work of scholarship may also be a spiritual resource. For all readers, it is an outstanding example of Jewish religious creativity today as well as a window into a neglected and surprisingly rich theme in Jewish religious texts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742562219
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 580
  • Sales rank: 633,204
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Simcha Paull Raphael is adjunct assistant professor in Jewish Studies at Temple University, is a spiritual director at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and has a psychotherapy practice in Philadelphia where he specializes in bereavement. He has been involved in spiritually-oriented death awareness education for more than 20 years.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Preface for the Second Edition Chapter 4 A Personal Journey Chapter 5 Is There Afterlife After Auschwitz? Chapter 6 Biblical Roots of Jewish Views of the Afterlife Chapter 7 Tours of Heaven and Hell in Apocryphal Literature Chapter 8 The World to Come in Rabbinic Judaism Chapter 9 Visionary Tours of the Afterlife in Medieval Midrash Chapter 10 Immortality of the Soul in Medieval Philosophy Chapter 11 The Afterlife Journey of the Soul in Kabbalah Chapter 12 Death and the Afterlife in Hasidic Tales Chapter 13 A Contemporary Psychological Model of the Afterlife Chapter 14 Afterlife and the Renewal of Jewish Rituals Chapter 15 Notes Chapter 16 Bibliography Chapter 17 Acknowledgments Chapter 18 Index

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