God, Self, and Death: The Shape of Religious Transformation in the Second Temple Period

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2003 - Religion - 287 pages
This volume considers the emerging Jewish interest in an afterlife during the second temple period in relation to developing views of the deity and the self. In some circles God is understood as increasingly distant from the human sphere, and so justice must occur in another world or after death; at the same time, more autonomous constructions of the self in response to community breakdown suggest that reward and punishment come not only collectively, but also on the individual level in a post-mortem realm. The book traces the interconnections between these themes in Job and Ecclesiastes, Ben Sira and Daniel, then Wisdom of Solomon and 4 Ezra, crossing genre boundaries in an attempt to offer a more encompassing historical investigation.
 

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Contents

Job and Qpheleth
37
Ben Sira and Daniel
87
Wisdom of Solomon and 4 Ezra
159
Conclusion
235

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About the author (2003)

Shannon Burkes, Ph.D. (1997) at the University of Chicago in Hebrew Bible, is Assistant Professor of Religion at Florida State University. Her previous book was Death in Qoheleth and Egyptian Biographies of the Late Period (Scholars Press, 1999).

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