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date: 25 July 2024

eschatology, Jewishlocked

eschatology, Jewishlocked

  • Martha Himmelfarb


During the Hellenistic period Jewish texts began to discuss new ideas about the fate of the individual after death, including the immortality of the soul, bodily resurrection, and post-mortem reward and punishment. At about the same time Jews also developed a picture of history as leading to the end of the world as we know it, to be followed by an age of peace, prosperity, and sovereignty for the people of Israel. Both developments played an important role in the emergence of Christianity.


  • Christianity
  • Jewish Studies

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