Jewish Views of the Afterlife / Edition 2

Jewish Views of the Afterlife / Edition 2

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Jewish Views of the Afterlife / Edition 2

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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ISBN-13: 9780742562219
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/15/2009
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 580
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.90(d)

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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