Jews and Greeks on Life and Afterlife

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Have you ever wondered where we come from? why we are here? how we should live? what happens after death? what is the relationship between body and soul? These same questions have been asked for thousands of years! Ancient Jews and Greeks discussed, dialogued, and disputed amongst themselves and with each other about all these questions. Their answers still inform and influence us today. They even affect how we read and interpret the Bible.

In this course, you will come alongside a panel of IBC faculty members as they discuss the dynamics of Jewish and Greek thought on life, death, and the afterlife. You will learn about Hades, the Greek realm of the dead, and how Greek-speaking Jews used this term to translate the Hebrew word Sheol. Other topics include the origin of the universe, resurrection in Jewish thought, the Logos, angels, and ongoing consciousness in the afterlife. This course will take you on a journey through Israel’s Scriptures, Homer, Greek philosophy, Jewish apocryphal literature, the Gospels, Paul, Roman history, and more! You will not be disappointed by what you discover.

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The IBC faculty hold advanced degrees in biblical, linguistic, and/or historical studies and come from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. We don't always agree with each other; but our team-taught courses and other materials make for lively and interesting interaction! Come join us as we study together. For more on individual scholars, please see here:

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    • Jewish Context and Culture
    • Hebrew Bible
    • Jewish New Testament
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  • 01. Mentalities: Ancient Hebrew and Greek Cultures 25:12
  • 02. Mentalities: Jewish and Greek Ethics 22:28
  • 03. Mentalities: Logos and Memra 17:52
  • 04. Mentalities: Paul and the Stoics 38:44
  • 05. Mentalities: Creation, Demons, and Jewish-Greco-Roman Thought 27:45
  • 06. Origins: Truth and Contradiction 38:45
  • 07. Origins: Jewish and Greek Cosmogonies 37:40
  • 08. Origins: Genesis, Mythology, and Hidden Wisdom 24:56
  • 09. Origins: Questions about God, Life, and Fate 30:52
  • 10. Afterlife: The Hebrew Concepts of Sheol and Gehenna 27:50
  • 11. Afterlife: Inside and Under the World of the Ancient Near East 23:43
  • 12. Afterlife: Hebraic Ideas in the Hellenic Mirror 25:10
  • 13. Afterlife: Rome and Purgatory 27:03
  • 14. Resurrection: Cross-pollination between Jewish and Greek Beliefs 27:34
  • 15. Resurrection for Some or All? 21:32
  • 16. Resurrection: Everlasting Punishment and Reincarnation 21:44
  • 17. Resurrected Body and Cremation 25:16

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