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Bibil Identifier bibil:202672
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Aramaic Tombstones from Zoar and Jewish Conceptions of the Afterlife
Author Wilfand, Yael
Journal Journal for the Study of Judaism (Volume: 40, Issue: 4-5)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 510-539 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This study utilizes thirty epitaphs, found near the Dead Sea shore, to explore afterlife concepts within the Jewish community of Zoar. The interpretation of these late antiquity epitaphs reveals a comprehensive view regarding the afterlife. This view contains an expectation for the resurrection of the dead that will occur when the “announcer of peace,” i.e., the anointed king, arrives. At that time, the Temple will be rebuilt and priests will return to their work. In the meantime, it was hoped that the deceased would have a peaceful rest. The tombstones articulate these expectations also through the use of the word “shalom” which conveys two meanings: (1) it is the symbol of the deliverance, and (2) it is also the symbol of the condition of the dead while waiting for the resurrection.
DOI DOI:10.1163/157006309X443521
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (T - Z) : Zoar
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Burial (Places and Customs)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Death
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Resurrection
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