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Greek, Roman, and Jewish Succor for the Dead

Jeffrey A. Trumbower

in Rescue for the Dead

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140996
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834747 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140990.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

 Greek, Roman, and Jewish Succor for the Dead

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Chapter one sets up the cultural context for the study of early Christian texts by examining traditions in which the living helped the dead in Greek religion, Roman religion, and ancient Judaism. The archaeology of burial sites, epitaphs, other inscriptions, and textual sources are adduced as evidence for this purpose. The chapter concludes with a discussion of salvation after death in the Greek religious movement called Orphism, as well as in the Jewish texts 2 Maccabees and 4 Ezra.

Keywords: 2 Maccabees; 4 Ezra; archaeology; burial sites; epitaphs; Greek religion; inscriptions; Judaism; Orphism; Roman religion

Chapter.  11518 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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