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Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife

Author: Ehrman, Bart D.
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 352
Pub Date: 02/04/2020
ISBN: 9781786077202
Availability: In stock
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Quick overview The bestselling historian of early Christianity takes on two of the most gripping questions of human existence - where did the ideas of heaven and hell come from, and why do they endure?
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Whether we believe in them or not, we are all familiar with the concepts of heaven and hell. There was a time, however, when no one thought they would go to either of these places after they died. In fact, Jesus didn't believe a dead person's soul was bound for heaven or hell, and these ideas are nowhere to be found in the Old Testament. So, where did they come from?



From the Epic of Gilgamesh to the writings of Augustine, Bart Ehrman provides a fascinating and thought-provoking history of the afterlife. He traces how beliefs changed over time and reveals the social, cultural and historical roots of competing views held by Greeks, Jews and Christians. Ultimately, he shows that many of our ideas about heaven and hell emerged long after Jesus's time, through the struggle to explain the injustices of our world.

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