Life After Death in Early Judaism
The Evidence of Josephus

By C.D. Elledge
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. No 208
June 2006
Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 316148875X
238 pages, 6” x 9 ¼”
$87.50 Paper Original

Resurrection, immortality, and eternal life were among the most important contributions that Judaism would make to the history of religions in the Second Temple Period. C.D. Elledge provides a comprehensive analysis of what the ancient historian Flavius Josephus reports concerning beliefs about the afterlife in his portrayal of Abraham, the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Masada.

Contents include:
Chapter 1: Faith in the Future Life: Afterlife Traditions beyond Josephus
Chapter 2: Immortality in Josephus: Against Apion, the Jewish War, and the Jewish Antiquities
Chapter 3: The Conception of Immortality in Josephus: Mythology, Philosophy, and the Noble Death
Chapter 4: The Apologetical Functions of Immortality in Josephus
Chapter 5: Beyond Josephus: Resurrection, Immortality, and Apologetical Strategies in Other Writings
Appendix 1: Josephus and Hippolytus on Life after Death
Appendix 2: A Synopsis of Afterlife Passages in Josephus


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