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, ...
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Jewish Views of the Afterlife

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742566491
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 545
  • Sales rank: 757,597
  • File size: 2 MB

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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