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The Resurrection of the Messiah$
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Christopher Bryan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199752096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752096.001.0001

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Death and the Afterlife in the Greco-Roman World beyond Israel

Death and the Afterlife in the Greco-Roman World beyond Israel

(p.19) 2 Death and the Afterlife in the Greco-Roman World beyond Israel
The Resurrection of the Messiah

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This chapter surveys Greco-Roman beliefs about death and life after death. In the world that saw the rise of Christianity, beyond Israel as within it, there were various views regarding the fate of the dead. Death might be seen as friend or as enemy; as prelude to oblivion or as the beginning of new life; as leading to immortality for the rational soul or to an eternity of hunting and feasting; to ignorance or to wisdom; to a renewed life that has been described by some as “resurrection” or to an eternity of punishment.

Keywords:   Greco-Roman beliefs, death, afterlife, fate of the dead

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