Paradise in Antiquity by Markus Bockmuehl
Jewish and Christian Views

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The social and intellectual vitality of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity was in large part a function of their ability to articulate a viably transcendent hope for the human condition. Narratives of Paradise - based on the concrete symbol of the Garden of Delights - came to play a central role for Jews, Christians, and eventually Muslims too. These collected essays highlight the multiple hermeneutical perspectives on biblical Paradise from Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins to the systematic expositions of Augustine and rabbinic literature. They show that while early Christian and Jewish sources draw on texts from the same Bible, their perceptions of Paradise often reflect the highly different structures of the two sister religions. Dealing with a wide variety of texts, these essays explore major themes such as the allegorical and literal interpretations of Paradise, the tension between heaven and earth, and Paradise's physical location in space and time.
 

About Markus Bockmuehl

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Markus Bockmuehl is Professor of Biblical and Early Christian Studies and a Fellow of Keble College at the University of Oxford. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Jesus (Cambridge, 2001) and the co-editor (with Donald A. Hagner) of The Written Gospel (Cambridge, 2005).Guy G. Stroumsa is Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions and a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford, and Martin Buber Professor of Comparative Religion, emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of The End of Sacrifice (2009) and the co-editor (with Graham N. Stanton) of Tolerance and Intolerance in Early Judaism and Christianity (Cambridge, 1998).
 
Published January 1, 2010 by Cambridge University Press. 273 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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