Death, Burial, and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity

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Psychology Press, 1999 - 246 pàgines
Jon Davies charts the significance of death to the emerging religious cults in the pre-Christian and early Christian world. He also draws on the sociological theory of Max Weber to present a comprehensive introduction to the subject.In Death, Burial and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity, Jon Davies charts the significance of death to the emerging religious cults in the pre-Christian and early Christian world. He analyses the varied burial rituals and examines the different notions of the afterlife. Among the areas covered are:* Osiris and Isis: the life theology of Ancient Egypt* burying the Jewish dead* Roman religion and Roman funerals* Early Christian burial* the nature of martyrdom.Jon Davies also draws on the sociological theory of Max Weber to present a comprehensive introduction to and overview of death, burial and the afterlife in the first Christian centuries which offers insights into the relationship between social change and attitudes to death and dying.

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OSIRIS AND ISIS The lifetheology of Ancient Egypt
27
ZOROASTER AHURA MAZDA AND AHRIMAN
40
CANAANITES AND MESOPOTAMIANS
47
MERE TEXTS OR LIVING REALITIES? The possible influence of the older thanatologies on Judaism and Christianity
60
FROM CAVES AND ROCKCUT TOMBS TO JUDAISM
69
THE GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST
71
JUDAISM Towards the common era
84
BURYING THE JEWISH DEAD
95
ROMAN RELIGION AND ROMAN FUNERALS
139
OVIDS EVERVARYING FORMS Greek mythologies sarcophagi and the boundaries of mortality
155
OVIDS BONDS OF LOVE AND DUTY Funerals epitaphs orations and death in the arena
167
CHRISTIANS MARTYRS SOLDIERS SAINTS
187
CHRISTIAN BURIAL
191
THE NATURE OF MARTYRDOM
201
Epilogue
217
APPENDIX
221

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR RESURRECTION Opening the heavens and raising the dead
110
ROMANS AND GREEKS A theodicy of good fortune?
125
ROMAN AND GREEK PHILOSOPHIES OF DEATH
127

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