Re: Theos-World Search "GILGOOLEM" (Re the Jewish people and afterlife)
Apr 07, 2002 06:12 PM
by Steve Stubbs
--- Compiler <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I did a quick search after someone here said
> is no Jewish
> theology dealing with an afterlife, except for
> time of the Messiah."
Josephus says of the three majoe sects in his
the Sadducees, who held strictly to the five
Moses, believe the grave was the end because that
what Moses believed.
The Pharisees, whose sect included some ideas
had been imported from Persia, did believe in an
afterlife. Josephus describes their teaching in
language which suggests they believed in
(in the first century C.E.) They also believed
who were bad went to hell which the Sadducees did
The Essenes had a teaching which was quite
that of modern Christianity, which makes sense
primitive (first centuty C.E.) Christianity was a
of Essenism which broke from the Dead Sea
administratively but owed its theology to them.
Of these three, Saddiceeism and Essenism live
through Christianity to the extent they live at
and Pharisaism is the historical ancestor of the
modern rabbinic Judaism.
There is a very interesting set of books by a
rabbi named Gershom who says that Judaism, unlike
Christianity, has no dogmatic position regarding
afterlife, and that members of the sect are free
read the opinions of the doctors and choose for
themselves what makes sense without being
heterodox if the next fwllow resonates with a
different opinion. I don't know how that works
practice but in theory at least it is a
concept. As the modern conservators oof the
the Hasidim believe in reincarnation, which I
is a minority opinion.
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