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Death and Afterlife, Judaic Doctrines of

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Author(s): Gillman, Neil
Judaic doctrines on the afterlife form one of the three dimensions of Jewish eschatology. These doctrines deal with the ultimate destiny of the individual Jew (and, for some authorities, with that of the righteous non-Jew as well). The other two dimensions deal with the ultimate destiny of the Jewish people (the national dimension) and that of all peoples and of the cosmos as a whole (the universal dimension). Two independent doctrines of the afterlife for the individual emerged in Judaism, probably during the last two centuries b.c.e.: the doctrine of the resurrection of bodies …