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Tours of Hell

An Apocalyptic Form in Jewish and Christian Literature

From the ancient Book of the Dead to Dante's Divine Comedy, the living have attempted to describe the world of the dead. Tours of Hell focuses on one form of that attempt: the tours of hell found in Jewish and Christian apocalypses of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages spanning a thousand years of human history.

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HimmelfarbMartha: Martha Himmelfarb is Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She is the author of Ascent to Heaven in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses and Kingdom of Priests: Ancestry and Merit in Ancient Judaism, the latter also published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.


"A careful, well-informed, and well-documented examination of an important but relatively little studied body of religious literature. . . . Exemplary."--George W. E. Nickelsburg, University of Iowa "An excellent study of a very difficult set of significant texts."--Burton L. Mack, Claremont Graduate School
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Edition: Reprint 2016
Audience: College/higher education;