Judahite Burial Practices and Beliefs about the Dead

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 1992 - Social Science - 314 pages
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The family tomb as a physical claim to the patrimony, the attributed powers of the dead and the prospect of post-mortem veneration made the cult of the dead an integral aspect of the Judahite and Israelite society. Over 850 burials from throughout the southern Levant are examined to illustrate the Judahite form of burial and its development. Vessels for foods and liquids were of paramount importance in the afterlife, followed by jewellery with its protective powers. The cult of the dead began to be an unacceptable feature of the Jerusalem Yahwistic cult in the late eighth to seventh century BCE. This change of attitude was precipitated by the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel and the consequent theological response.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 IRON AGE BURIAL TYPES FROM THE SOUTHERN LEVANT AND THEIR DISTRIBUTION
25
Chapter 2 BURIAL CONTENTS
63
Chapter 3 BIBLICAL EVIDENCE BEARING ON THE INTERPRETATION OF THE MATERIAL REMAINS OF THE CULT OF THE DEAD
109
Chapter 4 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
133
CATALOGUE OF IRON AGE BURIALS
152
Illustrations and Maps
246

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