JUDAIC 335 - History and Religion of Second Temple Judaism
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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What happens when a person dies? Where did the ideas of heaven and hell come from, and why do they endure? Over half of Americans believe in a literal heaven, in a literal hell. Most people who hold these beliefs are Christians, Jews and Muslims and assume they are the age-old teachings of the Bible. Eternal rewards and punishments, however, are found nowhere in the Hebrew Bible or in the teachings of Jesus. There are notions of God's judgment, resurrection, and immortality of the souls associated with the end of times. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam gradually developed more detailed descriptions of the afterlife, that never became normative but that largely spread among the believers. The course explore notions of the afterlife historically and in contemporary culture.

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Two 90-minute meetings weekly


JUDAIC 335 - History and Religion of Second Temple Judaism
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Note: Topic: Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife

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