DEATH, HELLFIRE & CHAOS:

Afterlife beliefs in Second Temple Period Judaism. 

The Second Temple Period was a vibrant intellectual time in Jewish history.  Commencing after the Babylonian captivity and coming to a close with the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple, the literature of this period explored many topics, one of which was what happens when we die – something that is not emphasized in the Old Testament but becomes a core belief in the early Christian church.  This lecture will diagram, explore, and compare some of the fascinating death and afterlife beliefs formulated during this period, how the Old Testament was used to support these beliefs by writers, and some of the reasons why afterlife beliefs went from being barely mentioned to being a central belief.  This lecture is based on Jan A. Sigvartsen's dissertation research.