Roll Back the Stone: Death and Burial in the World of Jesus

Roll Back the Stone: Death and Burial in the World of Jesus


By (author) Byron R. McCane

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 218mm x 10mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1563384027
  • ISBN 13: 9781563384028
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,893,139

Product description

Directly relating to our understanding of the biblical and early Christian stories of Jesus' burial, this text includes a provocative interpretation of burial practices of the period 63 BCE to 135 CE, with particular emphasis on the time of Jesus. A strong connection to the recent discovery of the ossuary (bone box) purported to be that of James, brother of Jesus features. The book reveals what took place when the early Jews and Christians in Palestine gathered to bury their dead. It addresses questions such as whether Jesus' burial was a shameful event, and how different the death rituals of the Jews were from the earliest Christian communities.

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Author information

Byron R. McCane is Professor of Religion and department chair at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is Academic Director of the Sepphoris Excavations in Northern Israel.

Review quote

"McCane's analysis, rooted in sociological and anthropological theory, is informed and judicious. H.O. Forshey, Miami University, for CHOICE--Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

Introduction - death as a fact of life; Jewish death ritual in early Roman Palestine; Q and death in early Roman Galilee; "Where No One Had Yet Been Laid" - the shame of Jesus' burial; is a corpse contagious?; relocating the dead in early Byzantine Palestine; rest in peace or roast in Hell - funerary versus apocalyptic portraits of paradise.