Concepts of death and the future life in the New Testament
Rouch, Mark A.
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The problem of this dissertation is to discover what the New Testament says concerning the death and future life of individual persons. It takes into account concepts of the eschatological events in relation to which these matters must be understood, but the primary focus is on the individual. The primary data for the study are drawn from the New Testament. Every statement pertaining to the subject has been isolated according to definite standards, then classified and listed under ten basic categories. A number of these statements were selected for exegetical study. As a background for this exegetical study an historical survey was made of concepts of death and the future life in the thought of first century Judaism and Hellenism. From this total study several basic concepts have emerged, derived directly from the New Testament statements, and, especially, from the exegesis. In different strands of writing these concepts received varying emphases, and were expressed differently. Nevertheless, they are found throughout the New Testament as components of its total thought concerning death and the future life. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University.