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Bibil Identifier bibil:246299
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Sheol, the Tomb, and the Problem of Postmortem Existence
Author Suriano, Matthew
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 16)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 32 pages online
Abstract The Hebrew Bible often portrays Sheol in a manner evocative of the tomb. In texts such as Psalm 88 the tomb is a dreary and isolating symbol. Yet this contrasts with the positive role of the family tomb where the dead are reunited with their ancestors. The ritual analysis of Judahite bench tombs, however, reveals a dynamic concept of death. This suggests that the varying images of the tomb in biblical literature were not contradictory, but reflective of a process of dying that began with burial.
DOI 10.5508/jhs.2016.v16.a 11
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sheol
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Death
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Burial (Places and Customs)
Pericopes Psalms 88
Links Online document (PDF, English)
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