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Religious scholars Madigan and Levenson (Harvard Univ.) have written a thoroughly researched and fully detailed treatment of resurrection in biblical antiquity. In 13 chapters, they weave a fine narrative focused on the idea of death. The resulting discussions are interpretations of death through a history of Jewish and Christian perceptions and understandings of resurrection stemming from Daniel 12:1-3. The authors cover a wide range of subjects, from eschatology and Sheol to heaven and hell, and they consider a broad range of texts, including the Gnostic gospels, the New Testament, rabbinic texts, and early Christian literature-all while maintaining the theme of God's ultimate power and the redemptive spirit of each religious tradition. Though intended for lay readers, the book is at times somewhat dense and academic, yet we are given a well-thought-out and scripted conclusion suggesting that the differences and similarities between Judaism and Christianity must each be recognized in their own right. Could be beneficial for prompting interfaith discussions between Jewish and Christian groups; recommended for theological and church libraries.
—Anthony J. Elia