Heaven and Hell

A History of the Afterlife


About The Book

Whether we believe in them or not, we are all familiar with the concepts of heaven and hell. There was a time, however, when no one thought they would go to either of these places after they died. So where did these ideas come from?

In Heaven and Hell, Bart Ehrman provides a fascinating history of the afterlife, spanning the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Old Testament, the teachings of Jesus and his early followers, and the writings of Augustine. Beginning in a time when Greeks, Jews and Christians held competing views of the afterlife, he reveals how the ideas of heaven and hell were closely connected with the social, cultural and historical worlds out of which they emerged.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (April 2, 2020)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781786077219

Raves and Reviews

‘A humane, thoughtful and intelligent historian.’

– New York Times

‘A great scholar.’

– Tom Holland

‘Ehrman’s eloquent understanding of how death is viewed through many spiritual traditions is scintillating, fresh, and will appeal to scholars and lay readers alike.’

– Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

‘Ehrman’s twin strengths are deep knowledge and an accessible style. This displays both in spades.’

– Booklist

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