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Title Paradise in antiquity : Jewish and Christian views / edited by Markus Bockmuehl and Guy G. Stroumsa.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Subject Paradise.
Future life.
Paradise -- Judaism.
Paradise -- Christianity.
Future life -- Judaism.
Future life -- Christianity.
Alt Name Bockmuehl, Markus N. A.
Stroumsa, Guy G.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 260 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-247) and indexes.
Contents Introduction : the paradise chronotrope / Guy G. Stroumsa -- pt. I. Paradises of Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins. The messiah in the garden : John 19.38-41, (royal) gardens, and messianic concepts / Joachim Schaper -- Philo's scholarly inquiries into the story of paradise / Maren R. Niehoff -- Paradise in the Biblical antiquities of Pseudo-Philo / Richard Bauckham -- Paradise, gardens, and the afterlife in the first century CE / Martin Goodman -- Paradise in the New Testament / Grant Macaskill -- Quis et unde? : heavenly obstacles in Gos. Thom. 50 and related literature / Simon Gathercole -- pt. II. Contemporizing paradise in late antiquity. Tertullian's law of paradise (Adversus Judaeos 2) : reflections on a shared motif in Jewish and Christian literature / Sabrina Inowlocki -- The language of paradise : Hebrew or Syriac? : linguistic speculations and linguistic realities in late antiquity / Yonatan Moss -- The tree of life and the turning sword : Jewish biblical interpretation, symbols, and theological patterns and their Christian counterparts / Menahem Kister -- Erotic Eden : a rabbinic nostalgia for paradise / Galit Hasan-Rokem -- Paradise for pagans? : Augustine on Virgil, Cicero, and Plato / Gillian Clark -- Heaven as a political theme in Augustine's City of God / Emile Perreau-Saussine -- Locating paradise / Markus Bockmuehl -- Epilogue : a heaven on earth / Alessandro Scafi.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780511932359 (electronic bk.)
0511932359 (electronic bk.)
9780521117869
0521117860
OCLC # 695063092
Additional Format Print version: Paradise in antiquity. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010 9780521117869 (DLC) 2010011227 (OCoLC)496958923