The Origin of Heaven and Hell

Robert R. Cargill

Because there was no concept of an afterlife in early Israelite religion, there was no concept of a heaven or hell. But following the exile and return from Babylon and the coming of the Greeks, Jewish literature suddenly began to contain references to heaven and hell. In this illuminating lecture, BAR Editor Robert R. Cargill will show you how heaven and hell came to exist so prominently in Jewish and Christian literature.

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