Immortality and the Unseen World

W. O. E. OESTERLEY (1866 - 1950)

The full title of this book is Immortality and the Unseen World - A Study in Old Testament Religion. Oesterley describes the beliefs that pre-Christian Hebrews and Semites held regarding the afterlife and the immortal nature of humans. The nature, form and evolution of these beliefs are derived from the Tanakh (Old Testament), comparisons with the beliefs and mythologies of neighboring cultures, and archeological finds. To develop a full study, additional beliefs of these people are also considered, including the beliefs of the constituent parts of humans; demonology, angelology, shades and the Satan; the home of the dead, ancestor worship, necromancy, and burial customs. Oesterley also hypothesizes on how primitive beliefs in immortality may have developed in pre-Christian times. (Summary by JoeD)

Genre(s): Social Science (Culture & Anthropology), Antiquity, Other religions

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Chapter 1 - Some preliminary considerations JoeD
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Play 02 02 - Chapter 2 - The Old Testament teaching on the constituent parts of Man JoeD
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Play 03 03 - Chapter 3 - The Demonology of the Semites JoeD
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Play 04 04 - Chapter 4 - The Demonology of the Old Testament JoeD
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Play 05 05 - Chapter 5 - The Angelology of the Old Testament JoeD
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Play 06 06 - Chapter 6 - The Rephaim JoeD
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Play 07 07 - Chapter 7 - Sheol, the place of the Departed JoeD
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Play 08 08 - Chapter 8 - Ancestor-Worship and the cult of the Dead (I) JoeD
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Play 09 09 - Chapter 9 - Ancestor-Worship and the cult of the Dead (II) JoeD
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Play 10 10 - Chapter 10 - Necromancy JoeD
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Play 11 11 - Chapter 11 part 1 - Mourning and burial customs JoeD
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Play 12 12 - Chapter 11 part 2 - Mourning and burial customs JoeD
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Play 13 13 - Chapter 12 - Immortality the normal lot of Man JoeD
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Play 14 14 - Chapter 13 - The development of belief JoeD
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