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The early history of heaven

Author: J Edward Wright
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How and why did Western cultures come to imagine the heavenly realm as they do? This volume traces the history of speculation about heaven and discovers that the Hebrew texts that fed Jewish and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Comparative studies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Edward Wright
ISBN: 0195152301 9780195152302
OCLC Number: 48533082
Notes: Originally published: 2000.
Awards: Winner of A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2000.
Description: xviii, 318 pages : illustrations ; 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 well organized volume synthesizes a large corpus of technical scholarship, making it an eminently useful work. * Choice *

 
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