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The early history of heaven

Author: J Edward Wright
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Traces the origins and development of images of the heavenly realm in the ancient Near East, early Judaism, and Christianity. He begins by examining the beliefs of ancient Israel's neighbors in Egypt and Mesopotamia, reconstructuring the intellectual context in which the earliest biblical images of heaven arose." -- Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Comparative studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J Edward Wright
ISBN: 019513009X 9780195130096
OCLC Number: 40249803
Description: xviii, 318 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ancient Egyptian traditions --
Ancient Mesopotamian traditions --
Israelite traditions --
Persian, Greek and Roman traditions --
Early Jewish and Christian traditions I: the persistence of biblical and ancient near eastern models --
Early Jewish and Christian traditions II: the adoption of Hellenistic models --
Early Jewish and Christian traditions III: common themes and motifs --
Later developments in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic images.
Responsibility: J. Edward Wright.
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This volume traces the backgrounds, origin, and development of early Jewish and Christian speculation about the heavenly realm - where it is, what it looks like and who its inhabitants are. It begins  Read more...

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