Only Levites go to heaven


During last week’s internet outage here, I took the opportunity to read some pdf. articles I had downloaded from  I have found this a great source.  Articles are free.  But you have to sign up.

Perhaps the most interesting article I read was Bernard Lang’s “New Light on the Levites: The Biblical Group that Invented Belief in Life after Death in Heaven”.  This is a great article because it contains a whole bunch of new unconventional ideas.  It makes you think.

I definitely disagree with some of it.  I reserve judgement about other ideas.

But I love an article that brings up stuff I had never thought about before.

His basic contention is that, while the Levites expected most people to be gathered to their families in the shadowy underworld of Sheol, the Levites thought God would take them directly to heaven after death.

This is because Levites did not…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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