Heaven and Hell

Ehrman, Bart D.

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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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Where did the ideas of heaven and hell come from?

As strange as it may seem to us now, there was a time when no one thought they would go to heaven or hell after they died. In fact, there is no mention of them in the Old Testament, and Jesus did not believe the souls of the departed were bound for either realm.

In this gripping history of the afterlife, Bart Ehrman reveals how the concepts of heaven and hell developed and took hold, and why they endure to this day. He examines the social, cultural and historical roots of competing views held by Greeks, Jews and Christians, and traces how beliefs changed over time. 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 the world.

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Dimensions 198 × 129 mm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

352

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

236.2 (edition:23)

Readership

College – higher education / Code: F