I would like to bring to your attention an excellent article by one of the best Biblical scholars of today who specializes in New Testament studies. Prof. Dr. Jürgen K. Zangenberg is an archeologist and professor of New Testament Interpretation at Leiden University (Holland), one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious institutions. His outstanding article “Dry Bones and Heavenly Bliss: Tombs, Post-Mortal Existence and Life-After-Death in Ancient Judaism”, though slightly cumbersome to pronounce, is a must read for any serious eTeacherBiblical student.
The author shows how the archeological discoveries, especially, those connected with the burial customs of the ancient Jews, shed the light on all kinds of questions that continued to puzzle New Testament scholars for centuries. So grab a hot cup of coffee, sit in a comfortable chair and click here to read it. More of excellent articles are being picked for your attention and benefit.
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thus I am going to let know her.
Very interesting article. I had always thought that the Pharisees were the “conservatives” and the Sadducees the “liberals,” so to speak. However, after reading this, it sounds like belief in the after life was progressive, showing up in later literature more than earlier works. I found it interesting that “divine retribution” provided the philosophical basis for an afterlife. It was pleasing to read that the tomb “scandal” was put out by almost universal consensus of biblical scholars. Truly the account of Henoch in Birashit shows the eternal spirit of man as does Eliyahu. Yet their bodies were no more, indicating perhaps a seed quality as the Apostle Paul later spoke (I Cor. 15). Interesting what modern thought in the supposed post-Judeo-Christian era will do with the hereafter. There is no viable alternative to resurrection other than perpetually being cast into the recycle bin.
Deborah, I think your excellent comment shows that we must be VERY careful assigning modern names to the ancient groups. The pharisees were the innovators and progressive/conservative Jewish thinkers and practitioners. We can of course make modern connections (they often helpful), but we simply need to be extra careful.