Here is an interesting take on the Hebrew Bible’s idea of the afterlife.
Jacob Milgrom, in Leviticus from the Continental Commentary series, considers the Hebrew word karet. We translate it as “cut off”. There are 18 offenses in the P stratum of the Pentateuch that carry the penalty of karet, being cut off from your people. In Leviticus 7:25 it says you will be cut off from your people if you eat fat from a sacrifice. Verse 27 says you will be cut off from your people if you eat blood.
This could mean that you will have no offspring to carry on your name. Or it could mean that, if you have offspring, they will not live to reproduce. Your family line will be terminated.
But Milgrom uses Mesopotamian and Egyptian parallels to argue that it also means that after death you will not be allowed to join…
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