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Rescue for the DeadThe Posthumous Salvation of Non-Christians in Early Christianity$
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Jeffrey A. Trumbower

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195140990.001.0001

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Greek, Roman, and Jewish Succor for the Dead

Greek, Roman, and Jewish Succor for the Dead

(p.10) 1 Greek, Roman, and Jewish Succor for the Dead
Rescue for the Dead

Jeffrey A. Trumbower (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Chapter one sets up the cultural context for the study of early Christian texts by examining traditions in which the living helped the dead in Greek religion, Roman religion, and ancient Judaism. The archaeology of burial sites, epitaphs, other inscriptions, and textual sources are adduced as evidence for this purpose. The chapter concludes with a discussion of salvation after death in the Greek religious movement called Orphism, as well as in the Jewish texts 2 Maccabees and 4 Ezra.

Keywords:   2 Maccabees, 4 Ezra, archaeology, burial sites, epitaphs, Greek religion, inscriptions, Judaism, Orphism, Roman religion

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