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After LivesA Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory$
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John Casey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195092950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.001.0001

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Heaven: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel

Heaven: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel

(p.245) 10 Heaven: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel
After Lives

John Casey (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the development of ideas of the afterlife amongt the ancient Egyptians, Mesopotamians, and Jews, including accounts of ascents to heaven. The Mesopotamian earthly paradise (“Dilmun”) and its difference from the Jewish paradise is described. The philosophical Judaism of Philo of Alexandria is outlined. There follows discussion of images of heaven in the sayings and parables of Jesus, and in particular the idea that heaven is within us. St. Paul's account of the spiritual, risen body is discussed, and St. John's account of the descent of the heavenly Jerusalem.

Keywords:   Egyptian heaven, earthly paradise, Israel, heavenly ascents, Jesus, heaven within, Philo of Alexandria, Jesus' parables, St. Paul, St. John

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