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This front matter section of this book titled Other Worlds and Their Relation to This World contains the table of contents and the introduction. Is there a future after death and what does this future look like? What kind of life can we expect, and in what kind of world? Is there another, hopefully better world than the one we live in? The chapters collected in the book, written by leading experts in the field, deal with the question how ancient Jewish and Christian authors describe "otherworldly places and situations". They investigate why various forms of texts were created to address the questions above, how these texts functioned, and how they have to be understood. It shows how ancient descriptions of the "otherworld" are taking over and reworking existing motifs, forms and genres, but also the mirror concrete problems, ideas, experiences, and questions of their authors and the first readers.

Keywords: Christian authors; Jewish authors; other world



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