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Lec 12 death and after life ideas of Jewish tradition

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Lec 12 death and after life ideas of Jewish tradition 01:840:112

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Date Created: 03/04/16
Lec 12 ideas on afterlife in Jewish Afterlife is the world to come Resurrection is not insisted upon Not mainstream views Mainstream is the rabbic view  Resurrection Focus is on Immortality of the soul not so much resurrection  Philo 1 century AD o Teacher of Greek philosophy, probably influence by philosophy o What happens in afterlife is a rebirth of the soul o Person dies, body decomposes but soul is reborn o Completely excludes resurrection of the body  The world of the unbodied o World of people who have no bodies o Greatest happiness a person can get is in the world of the unbodied and they are free from the body forever  Maimonides 1153-1204 AD o Did not outright reject resurrection o Favored idea of immortality of soul (influenced by Greek philosophy and Neoplatonism) o Resurrection is a naïve idea, too simplistic idea that is spread to masses of people so they are encouraged to obey Gods commandments because if you obey you will be rewarded, you disobey you will be punished o After death the soul continues to live without the body o "In world to come…..divine presence" passage.  Belief in the world to come o Current world with all problems and difficulties will be replaced with the world to come o Three diff views on it  First is that world to come is not completely different from this world and there will not be any dramatic differences  Much better and more perfect than the current one  Essentially the same. More good, more justice more of everything good  Second view is that the world to come will be essentially a spiritual world  Detached from bodily pressures, only spiritual enjoyments  No eating, drinking, no sexual urges  World of unbodied bliss  Third view is that world to come there will be physical pressure  Will be a banquet  Feasting, people will be enjoyed, eating and drinking  Refined and qualified eating that people will enjoy specialties that people would not be able to enjoy on earth  People can eat mythical and legendary animals  Leviathan  Behemoth  Sensual pressures  The last judgement o Does not specify if it is before or after resurrection o Idea became prominent in rabbinic preaching  Those who do not follow torah they will be held accountable  Humans will have to give accounting of their lives, responsible for actions  Variety of views on death and afterlife o In Jewish religion they never reached the state of dogmatic truth  Mishnah one important statement o Anyone who denies resurrection will be excluded from the joys of the world to come o Only authoritative statement that you find in any jewish txts about resurrection o Found in Mishnah, not torah  Jewish tradition offers o Images and beliefs on after life o Accepted by most Jewish tradition  Final resurrection and final judgement o Will final judgement happen before or after resurrection, it is not specified at all in Jewish tradition o Who is the judge of the final judgement o Relationship btw afterlife and kingdom of messiah o Kingdom of messiah, is it final destination of everything or is there something afterwards o Tradition about world to come and relationship btw that and the kingdom


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