A History of Death in the Hebrew Bible (Hardback)
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A History of Death in the Hebrew Bible (Hardback)

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Hardback 312 Pages / Published: 10/05/2018
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Postmortem existence in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament was rooted in mortuary practices and conceptualized through the embodiment of the dead. But this idea of the afterlife was not hopeless or fatalistic, consigned to the dreariness of the tomb. The dead were cherished and remembered, their bones were cared for, and their names lived on as ancestors. This book examines the concept of the afterlife in the Hebrew Bible by studying the treatment of the dead, as revealed both in biblical literature and in the material remains of the southern Levant. The mortuary culture of Judah during the Iron Age is the starting point for this study. The practice of collective burial inside a Judahite rock-cut bench tomb is compared to biblical traditions of family tombs and joining one's ancestors in death. This archaeological analysis, which also incorporates funerary inscriptions, will shed important insight into concepts found in biblical literature such as the construction of the soul in death, the nature of corpse impurity, and the idea of Sheol. In Judah and the Hebrew Bible, death was a transition that was managed through the ritual actions of the living. The connections that were forged through such actions, such as ancestor veneration, were socially meaningful for the living and insured a measure of immortality for the dead.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190844738
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 588 g
Dimensions: 243 x 165 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
I recommend the book to biblical scholars, archeologists, as well as those interested in various ancient understandings of death. * Tyler Mayfield, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Religious Studies Review *
Anyone acquainted with the problem of death in the HB will know how formidable and tortuous a task it is to write about it. In this recent contribution to the subject, S. provides a fresh and detailed look at Judahite mortuary practices with special emphasis on the Iron Age bench tomb...S. has proffered some interesting ideas in a valuable contribution to the growing body of literature on this topic, and one that will likely generate further research. * Seth Cole, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament *
Suriano is to be commended for this effort to bring social and archaeological questions to bear on the meaning of the Hebrew text. He has made an impressive contribution to the study of death in ancient Israel. * Matthew McAffee, Welch College, Bulletin for Biblical Research *

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