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The Fate Of The Wicked: Second Death In Early Jewish And Christian Texts

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The subject of this chapter surfaced while the author was studying a passage in the Targum of Isaiah featuring the Second Death, a concept that is mostly known as a Christian idea. An initial investigation into the presence of the concept in rabbinic literature in general, the Targums in particular and the New Testament, led to many intriguing questions concerning the meaning of the concept in both traditions, the (im)possibility of a common source, and a possible process of interaction, the latter being prompted by the fact that the concept Second Death is very specific and it hardly seems self-evident that such an idea originated at the same time in two separate groups or traditions. The chapter provides at least some tentative answers to the challenging questions. It also lists and discusses the texts in which the Second Death occurs. The Jewish evidence consists almost completely of targumic data.

Keywords: Christian; Isaiah; Jewish; New Testament; rabbinic literature; Second Death; Targum



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