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The judgment of the dead: an historical and comparative study of the idea of a post-mortem judgement in the major religions

Author: S G F Brandon
Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1967.
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The judgment of the dead is one of the most remarkable and significant beliefs of mankind. The idea assumes not only a life after death, but also that the nature of that life will be determined by the individual's moral conduct while on earth. The belief first emerged in ancient Egypt about 2400 BC, where it found its most elaborate expression. The approach of this present book is strictly historical and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Comparative studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brandon, S.G.F. (Samuel George Frederick), 1907-1971.
Judgment of the dead.
London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1967
(OCoLC)648534481
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S G F Brandon
OCLC Number: 233701
Description: xiv, 300 pages illustrations, 8 plates, facsimiles 23 cm
Contents: Ancient Egypt --
Ancient Mesopotamia: 'who is now and evildoer...?' --
Hebrew Religion: judgment as divine vindication --
Graeco-Roman culture: the problem of a non-theistic judgment of the dead --
Additional note on the Psychostasia --
Christianity: the problem of relating a saviour God to Jewish eschatology --
Islam: judgment or predestination --
Iran: man's moral involvement in a cosmic struggle --
Hinduism and Buddhism: karma as judgment --
China: the judgment of the dead bureaucratically organized --
Japan: the concept of judgment from an imported eschatology.
Responsibility: [by] S.G.F. Brandon.

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The judgment of the dead is one of the most remarkable and significant beliefs of mankind. The idea assumes not only a life after death, but also that the nature of that life will be determined by the individual's moral conduct while on earth. The belief first emerged in ancient Egypt about 2400 BC, where it found its most elaborate expression. The approach of this present book is strictly historical and comparative, and despite the bizarre and often shocking imagery used in depictions of the belief, an attempt has been made to handle the theme with sympathy. Only by an accurate yet sympathetic study can true insight be gained into the evaluation of human destiny in the various religions. -- Book jacket.

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