Death, Burial and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity

Death, Burial and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity

By (author) Jon Davies

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In Death, Burial and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity, Jon Davies charts the significance of death to the emerging religious cults in the pre-Christian and early Christian world. He analyses the varied burial rituals and examines the different notions of the afterlife. Among the areas covered are: * Osiris and Isis: the life theology of Ancient Egypt * burying the Jewish dead * Roman religion and Roman funerals * Early Christian burial * the nature of martyrdom. Jon Davies also draws on the sociological theory of Max Weber to present a comprehensive introduction to and overview of death, burial and the afterlife in the first Christian centuries which offers insights into the relationship between social change and attitudes to death and dying.

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 139.7 x 218.44 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • 01 Sep 1999
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London
  • English
  • 10 b&w photographs
  • 0415129915
  • 9780415129916

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"This popular study affords a convenient introduction to the subject for beginning students of religion in the Hellenistic era and early Christian centuries."-David F. Graf, "Religious Studies Review "The sweep of this study is impressive...."-Jospeh L. Rife, Classics, Cornell University, "Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2002 "In this comprehensive introduction about death, the author chronicles its significance in the emerging cults of the early Christian world. He also analyzes the burial rituals, the various concepts of the afterlife and the nature of martyrdom. An interesting sociological book, for the interested reader.."-" The Bibliography of Ancient Egypt

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