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Death, Burial, and Afterlife

Steven Fine

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199216437
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199216437.013.0025

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Death, Burial, and Afterlife

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This article discusses the physical contexts of Jewish death during the Roman period and tries to determine if people believed in the afterlife. It describes the monumental tombs of the late second temple period. It observes a relevant transition that occurred in Jerusalem and its environs sometime during the late first century bce. It introduces the concepts of ossuary burial and charnel burial, and examines the Jewish burial practices during late antiquity.

Keywords: Jewish death; afterlife; monumental tombs; ossuary burial; charnel burial; burial practices

Article.  9364 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical History ; Religion in the Ancient World

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