What follows is a short chapter on Greek, Roman, Persian and Ptolemaic Egyptian traditions, which are covered only in basics. There is an explanation of the various models of the universe, those of Pythagoras, Eudoxus and others, but not explanation of the bizarre elements many of these models possess: Pythagoras' "Counter-earth" or the numerous intervening spheres of later models.
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Finally the author's focus is reached, later Jewish and early Christian views of Heaven. He provides some excellent examples from some of the more complex Apocryphal works beginning with those which stuck with a "single heaven" cosmology, and then those later works which adopted the Greco-Roman multiple-Heaven view. The texts are complex, but the explanations are quite well constructed, and make the concepts as clear as possible, given the oddities of some of the texts.
It is in these texts that the concepts of human "souls" ascending into heaven post-mortem gains popularity, as well as the entrance requirements for those souls: good works, charity, and the most popular, orthodoxy beliefs that agree with the author. In conclusion, I'd recommend the book.
There are some weaknesses in the "general audience" accessability, including some passages in ancient Greek and some common scholarly techniques for transliteration, which the non-scholarly audience might not follow. That and the, previously mentioned, uneven quality of the illustrations would be the only major problems.
Aug 08, Fred Kohn rated it liked it Shelves: religious-non-fiction-misc. Good, not wonderful.
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I wish there had been more material on the very early history of ancient Israelite cosmology, but perhaps there just isn't much to say. When you get into the 2nd temple period, there seems to be a much larger amount of material. I learned about many books that I had never heard of before.
I was surprised that the Life of Adam and Eve wasn't covered in more detail— it got just passing mention. This was very disappointing to me as I feel this book is more important than some o Good, not wonderful.
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This was very disappointing to me as I feel this book is more important than some of the others that were covered more deeply. Sep 18, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: judaism. This is a good book but not a great book. The book spends too much time on intertestamental and early Christian extrabiblical material, that has little bearing on what believers believe today. It also give short schrift to early Jewish materials that have a wealth of information on early belief. Also, the author trends toward 19th Century scholarly opinion on the source of myths - that they explain natural phenomena - and does not give enough thought to the role of altered states of consciousnes This is a good book but not a great book.
Also, the author trends toward 19th Century scholarly opinion on the source of myths - that they explain natural phenomena - and does not give enough thought to the role of altered states of consciousness as the source of visions in literature, rather than scientific speculation. Jan 28, John rated it liked it.
I was actually looking for a book that explained, in detail, the evolution of the Christian idea of heaven. This book certainly touches on that, though it doesn't focus on it. Still, from beginning to end, a fascinating read--and one that makes you think about the roots of contemporary thought about heaven.
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Noncanonical texts also provide insights into early attitudes, including Gnostic traditions.elearning.gau.ge/the-adventures-of-little-cara-crosspatch.php
Did Early Christians Teach They Were Going to Heaven?
Literature concerning concepts of the heavenly realm, from the neighboring cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, and Rome, are also examined. Heaven has played a central, although often unacknowledged, role in Western culture. This book explores the origins of concepts about heaven and how these may be found in Christianity. Early writings from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, and Rome are explored, with elements of shamanism, as well as the Hebrew and Christian Bibles and gnostic texts.
The book shows how age-old beliefs about life on earth and about heaven are important today.
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