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Death, Burial, and Afterlife in the Biblical World: How the Israelites and Their Neighbors Treated the Dead

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While the religion of the Bible has long fascinated readers and scholars, the Israelite attitude toward death remains clouded in mystery even though certain mortuary customs have been passed intact through the ages into modern Judaism. The inherently conservative nature of burial practices and related beliefs explains why, despite being vilified by kings, a Cult of the Dead survived for centuries among the common people. Rachel Hallote's fascinating book examines the archaeological, literary, and artistic evidence for the burial practices of biblical times, their antecedents and successors. Ms. Hallote traces Judaic attitudes toward the dead across the centuries, as burial practices were transformed by the Jews encounter with Persia, Greece, and Rome, and their evolution into the practices of modern Judaism and Christianity. She carries the story forward to the present, with its complex interplay of religious, political, and social beliefs that characterize Western attitudes toward death, burial, and afterlife. While Israelites and early Jews would regularly tamper with their graves, pushing skeletons aside and collecting bones, such rituals are now regarded as desecration―proving that even death can be politicized.

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Author
Rachel S. Hallote
Binding
Hardcover
Brand
Brand: Ivan R. Dee
EAN
9781566634014
EANList
  • 9781566634014
Edition
First Edition
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Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
1566634016
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  • 630 hundredths-inches
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Label
Ivan R. Dee
Languages
  • English, Published English, Original Language English, Unknown
Manufacturer
Ivan R. Dee
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
256
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ProductGroup
Book
ProductTypeName
ABIS_BOOK
PublicationDate
2001-10-16
Publisher
Ivan R. Dee
Studio
Ivan R. Dee
Title
Death, Burial, and Afterlife in the Biblical World: How the Israelites and Their Neighbors Treated the Dead
isbn-13-20
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