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Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife [9781786077202]

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Whether we believe in them or not, we are all familiar with the concepts of heaven and hell. There was a time, however, when no one thought they would go to either of these places after they died. In fact, Jesus didn't believe a dead person's soul was bound for heaven or hell, and these ideas are nowhere to be found in the Old Testament. So, where did they come from?

From the Epic of Gilgamesh to the writings of Augustine, Bart Ehrman provides a fascinating and thought-provoking history of the afterlife. He traces how beliefs changed over time and reveals the social, cultural and historical roots of competing views held by Greeks, Jews and Christians. Ultimately, he shows that many of our ideas about heaven and hell emerged long after Jesus's time, through the struggle to explain the injustices of our world.


AUTHOR: Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the New York Times bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus and How Jesus Became God. He has contributed to such major publications and media outlets as Time, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, NBC, CNN and the BBC.
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9781786077202
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9781786077202
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Author:
Bart D. Ehrman
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications
Publication:
02-Apr-2020
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
352
Weight:
800 Grams
  • 5
    Fabulous book!

    Posted by Irene on 13th Jun 2020

    I have not completed reading the full book, but to date this book has been a real eye opener for me.
    It’s a slow read as it’s a heavy subject matter but I’m
    so looking forward to completing the book,

    It’s a well structured book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the afterlife .

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