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Author Suriano, Matthew J., author

Title A history of death in the Hebrew Bible / Matthew J. Suriano
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 296 pages)
Contents Cover; Half title; A History of Death in the Hebrew Bible; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Note on Sources; Archaeological Periodization and Chronology/BCE; Map; Prolegomenon: The Afterlife Embodied; The Problem of Death in the Hebrew Bible; Theories of Mortuary Practice; From an Idealist to a Representationist Approach; Ritual and the Body; Understanding Ancestors; Contemplating Death; Part I: The Archaeology of Death in Iron Age Judah; 1. Death as Transition in Judahite Mortuary Practices; The Judahite Bench Tomb as Ritual Space; The Tomb as Separation
The Desecration of Bethel's Dead in 2 Kings 23Conclusion; 7. Death, Dying, and the Liminality of Sheol; The Problem of Sheol in the Literary Sources; Sheol in the Psalms; Psalm 16; Psalm 49; Psalm 88; Psalm 116; Conclusion; Epilogue: The Invisible Tomb; Bibliography; Biblical References; Subject Index
The Liminal Space of the TombMarginality and Identity in Judahite Mortuary Practices; Synthesis; 2. The History of the Judahite Bench Tomb; Mortuary Practices in the Iron Age; The First Phase: Iron Age IB to Iron Age IIA; The Second Phase: Iron Age IIB; The Third Phase: Iron Age IIIA; Jerusalem: Iron Age IIB through Iron Age III; Historical Analysis; 3. Writing and the Tomb; The Funerary Inscriptions of the Silwan Necropolis; The Identification of the Dead at Silwan; Shebna's Tomb and the Silwan Necropolis; The Tomb Inscriptions of Khirbet el-Qôm; The Inscriptions of Khirbet Beit Lei Tomb 1
Traditions of Joseph and His BonesThe Death of Joseph; The Role of the pāqidu in Mesopotamian Sources; Care for the Dead at Khirbet Beit Lei; Joseph's Bones outside of Genesis; The Death and Desecration of a Queen; The Assassination of Joram and Jezebel; The Destruction of Jezebel's Body; The Implications of a Bad Death; Conclusion; 6. The Tomb and the Identity of the Dead; The Tomb and Identity; The Death and Burial of Matriarchs; Sarah and the Cave of Machpelah; The Death of Rachel; Death and Ideologies of Interment at Bethel; The Man of God from Judah and His Burial in Bethel
Summary The meaning of the afterlife in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is studied through the ideals of a good death, beginning with burial customs. This book uses burial remains from Iron Age Judah to shed important light on the images of death found in biblical literature
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 16, 2018)
Subject Bible -- Antiquities
Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Bible. Old Testament.
Death in the Bible
Future life -- Biblical teaching
Iron age -- Palestine
BIBLES -- General.
Death in the Bible.
Future life -- Biblical teaching.
Iron age.
Manners and customs.
RELIGION -- Biblical Reference -- General.
RELIGION -- Biblical Reference -- Handbooks.
Palestine -- Social life and customs
Middle East -- Palestine.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017039300
ISBN 0190844744 (electronic book)
9780190844745 (electronic book)
(hardcover ; alkaline paper)