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Shades of Sheol

Philip S Johnston

Shades of Sheol

Philip S Johnston

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In this fascinating and important study, Philip Johnston examines Israelite views on death and the afterlife as reflected in the Hebrew Bible and in material remains, and sets them in their cultural, literary and theological contexts. 304 pages, from IVP.

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In this fascinating and important study, Philip Johnston examines Israelite views on death and the afterlife as reflected in the Hebrew Bible and in material remains, and sets them in their cultural, literary and theological contexts. 304 pages, from IVP.
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Paul Johnston explores Old Testament concepts of hell and the afterlife through an examination of Israelite views on death as reflected in the Hebrew Bible.
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Philip Johnston is Tutor in Old Testament at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and previously taught in Belfast and St. Andrews.
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Death is a profound and complex subject - how did Israelites respond to it? - The dead apparently went to Sheol - where and what was it? - Its inhabitants are sometimes called 'shades' - what does this indicate? - Many ancient peoples venerated their ancestors - did Israelites do this? - Did anyone hope for a positive afterlife - if so, in what form? - What about resurrection - how and when did this belief emerge? Philip Johnston explores these and other issues. He examines Israelite views on death and afterlife as reflected in the Hebrew Bible and in material remains, and sets them in their cultural, literary and theological contexts. He argues in detail that the Israelites were not as preoccupied with the underworld or the dead as some scholars have recently alleged. Instead, their faith that Yahweh was the God of the living, and that Sheol was cut off from him, led eventually to the hope of a positive afterlife. This important study sheds fresh light on Israelite beliefs, in an area central to late Christian faith.
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Meet the Author

Philip S Johnston

Philip S. Johnston (Ph.D., Cambridge) is senior tutor at Hughes Hall, Cambridge- for many years Senior tutor in Old Testament and Hebrew at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He has also taught at Belfast and St. Andrews. He has published studies of Israelite afterlife beliefs, and he is a review editor for Themelios.

Johnston has lived and worked in the divided societies of Belgium and Northern Ireland, and he has an interest in Israel past and present--along with a commitment to reconciliation. His other books include Les Psaumes; Interpreting the Psalms (coeditor with David Firth); Shades of Sheol: Death and Afterlife in the Old Testament and The Land of Promise (coeditor with Peter Walker).

Table Of Contents

  • Part 1 Death 1. Death In The Old Testament 2. Death In Ancient Israel Part 2 The Underworld 3. The Unwelcome Underworld 4. The Threatening Underworld 5. The Pervasive Underworld? Part 3 The Dead 6. Naming The Dead 7. Consulting The Dead 8. Honouring The Dead Part 4 The Afterlife 9. Communion Beyond Death 10. Resurrection From Death

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  • Catalogue Code 182420
  • Product Code 0851112668
  • EAN 9780851112664
  • Pages 288
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Uk
  • Publication Date Jan 2002
  • Sales Rank #29397
  • Dimensions 230 x 148 x 21 mm
  • Weight 0.354kg

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