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Rabbinic Judaism: One Fire, Two Fates

Alan E. Bernstein

in Hell and Its Rivals: Death and Retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Early Middle Ages

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781501707803
eISBN:
9781501712494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707803.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter argues that although many Jews today deny that Judaism embraces any afterlife at all, postmortem sanctions attracted Jews for centuries. In biblical times, postmortem punishment was a ... More


Byzantine Universalism: The Path Not Taken

Alan E. Bernstein

in Hell and Its Rivals: Death and Retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Early Middle Ages

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781501707803
eISBN:
9781501712494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707803.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter explores byzantine universalism. Byzantium’s universalist theologians devised a Christian system in which all postmortem punishment might be temporary. However, emperors deliberately ... More


Introduction

Alan E. Bernstein

in Hell and Its Rivals: Death and Retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Early Middle Ages

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781501707803
eISBN:
9781501712494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707803.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This introductory chapter provides a background of the debates concerning postmortem punishment in three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These three religions shared faith in many ... More


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