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Reviewing the Afterlife

I want to return now to the main thread that I left off a couple of months ago about developing views of the afterlife in ancient Judaism and then in early Christianity.

I didn’t actually leave that thread – I simply moved deeper into a specific aspect of it.  If you’ll recall, the broader thread is simply about where the modern notions of heaven and hell came from; the specific aspect I’ve been covering involved the “otherworldly journeys” that you find in pagan, Jewish, and Christian traditions.  These journeys are of particular interest to me, since I am planning to write a scholarly discussion about them.  And while I was thinking through how I wanted to frame my study, I decided to devote a number of posts to the issue.  But enough of that!  I’m ready to return to the main thread.

For that thread, here’s the deal.  In our own world …

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    asm  October 5, 2017

    Your name was featured in The Greatest Deception Ever Told by Rabbi Edward L. Nydle / Levi bar Ido
    B’nai Avraham Ottumwa, Iowa ©2012 Rabbi Edward L. Nydle
    Did you read this book? What do you think of this work viz a vis the current thread.

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    asm  October 6, 2017

    Thanks Bart. Here is the link: http://www.bnaiavraham.net/media/3fc34ac470e600c0ffff81a9ffffe905.pdf
    If you find time to read it, I would be very interested to know your thoughts on the book. As I mentioned earlier, there is one or more quotes from your work(s).

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    adparkin  October 18, 2017

    Hi Bart,

    There are some who claim that ideas of heaven and hell started to appear in Jewish writings around the time of the Babylonian Exile when the Jews were exposed to Zoroastrianism. I’d be interested to hear your views on this, do you think this is a credible idea?

    (sorry if this has already been covered, I only joined today)


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      Bart  October 20, 2017

      No, I don’t think that works historically. For one thing, Zoroastrianism was Persian, not Babylonian.

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        Andrew  October 20, 2017

        Ok, many thanks for your reply!

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