rosewalk at concentric.net
Tue Mar 14 22:56:02 EST 2006
The reason that you can't find the idea of eternal life for the soul
in the "Hebrew" "biblical corpus", is because it is not there, in
the written Torah, it is in the Oral Torah, which is not something
that you believe in - your loss.
I agree, the various notions exist side by side without cancelling each other.
However, the idea of eternal life whether for good or for bad (heaven
or hell) seems to be a novelty of the Hellenistic time that is not
there in the oldest/ most classic parts of the Hebrew biblical corpus
(of which Daniel isn't a part: Daniel is a rather Hellenistic text).
2006/3/14, George Athas <george.athas at moore.edu.au>:
> We must note that the concepts of 'heaven' and 'hell' in Judaism did not
> replace the concept of Sheol (the 'Underworld'). As Dan 12.1-3 shows, the
> notions of everlasting life and everlasting condemnation supplemented the
> notion of Sheol by placing an eschatological judgement day into the scheme
> of things. This universal judgement day was came after Sheol. Thus, it is
> correct to say that Sheol should be understood apart from the notion of
> We should also recognize that some groups did not recognize anything more
> beyond Sheol (eg, Sadducees). For them, Sheol was the final frontier.
> Best Regards,
> GEORGE ATHAS
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