kwrandolph at email.com
Wed Mar 15 13:41:40 EST 2006
The New Testament carried on the tradition that the
afterlife was seldom mentioned; not because it was
irrelevant, but because it was unimportant. It was
theologians who really play up the issue. Even the
New Testament book of Revelation finds the afterlife
so important that it is described in only two of its
Job, whom from his style I take as a late, pre-Exile
writer, mentions that after death yet he will see
his redeemer in a way that implies resurrection.
Because of its lack of importance, I struggle to
remember other verses I recall reading. Most of
Tanakh is narrative and instructions for daily life,
where discussing the afterlife logically does not
Sheol is the place of the dead, all the dead. It is
also a synonym for being dead, in a poetic manner.
By the way, where do you get the idea that the book
of Daniel was Hellenistic? Daniel wrote well over a
century before Alexander the Great was born. Or was
Hellenism the idea already suffused throughout
Babylon and Persia during the Exile?
Karl W. Randolph.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Herman Meester" <crazymulgogi at gmail.com>
> 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).
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