Author(s): Leila Leah Bronner
A number of the basic tenets of Jewish belief regarding the afterlife, resurrection, immortality, judgment, messianism, and the world to come are laid out in this fascinating and accessible volume. Beginning with the Bibles references to Sheol and its allusions to resurrection, this survey explores immortality and bodily resurrection in Second Temple literature the Mishnahs discussions of olam ha-ba, or the world to come, and how to merit entry into it and the Talmuds depictions of paradise and hell, and the souls journey through these metaphysical landscapes. The book also explores the views of medieval scholars such as Maimonides and Nahmanides, Jewish mystical teachings about reincarnation, and modern views of faith and belief, as well as the evolving view of the Messiah over the course of Jewish history. This absorbing study demonstrates that the afterlife is indeed a vital part of Judaism as it reveals how generations of Jews, from biblical times to the present, have grappled with the core ideas and beliefs about the hereafter.