The Rise and Fall of the Afterlife

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Overview

Belief in the afterlife is still very much alive in Western civilisation, even though the truth of its existence is no longer universally accepted. Surprisingly, however, heaven, hell and the immortal soul were all ideas which arrived relatively late in the ancient world. Originally Greece and Israel - the cultures that gave us Christianity - had only the vaguest ideas of an afterlife. So where did these concepts come from and why did they develop?
In this fascinating, learned, but highly readable book, Jan N. Bremmer - one of the foremost authorities on ancient religion - takes a fresh look at the major developments in the Western imagination of the afterlife, from the ancient Greeks to the modern near-death experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415141482
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/9/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1 Inventing the afterlife 1
2 Orphism, Pythagoras and the rise of the immortal soul 11
3 Travelling souls? Greek shamanism reconsidered 27
4 The resurrection from Zoroaster to late antiquity 41
5 The development of the early Christian afterlife: from the Passion of Perpetua to purgatory 56
6 Ancient necromancy and modern spiritualism 71
7 Near-death experiences: ancient, medieval and modern 87
App. 1 Why did Jesus' followers call themselves 'Christians'? 103
App. 2 The birth of the term 'Paradise' 109
App. 3 God's heavenly palace as a military court: The Vision of Dorotheus 128
Notes 134
Bibliography 187
Index of names, subjects and passages 225
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