Our very own Matt Suriano has just published a book entitled A History of Death in the Hebrew Bible with Oxford University Press. Way to go Matt!
Here are a few main arguments in the book:
- Reinterprets death in the Hebrew Bible as a dynamic process that can continue after burial rather than a static event
- Suggests the tomb represented a positive image of postmortem existence and a constructive ideal of the afterlife
- Compares Hebrew funerary inscriptions from the Iron Age with motifs found in biblical literature
- Integrates the archaeological analysis of Iron Age mortuary remains from Judah with the interpretation of death in the Hebrew Bible