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When Souls Had WingsPre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought$
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Terryl L. Givens

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.001.0001

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Ancient Near Eastern Traditions

Ancient Near Eastern Traditions

(p.9) 1 Ancient Near Eastern Traditions
When Souls Had Wings

Terryl L. Givens (Contributor Webpage)

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Many of the ingredients associated with preexistence appear in Mesopotamia, including divine assemblies, foreordination, human dualism, divine origins, and heavenly fears about theosis. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) refers to heavens populated with various orders of heavenly beings, and Jewish thought develops to include allusions to premortal, or pre-existence, human souls. Sorting out what is originally Hebrew and what was imported from Hellenic sources is difficult.

Keywords:   divine assemblies, dualism, foreordination, Hebrew, Hebrew Bible, Hellenic, Mesopotamia, Old Testament

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