Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife

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Price
$28.00  $25.76
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781501136733

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About the Author

Bart D. Ehrman is a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity, and the author or editor of more than thirty books, including the New York Times bestsellers Misquoting Jesus, How Jesus Became God, and The Triumph of Christianity. A Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he has created eight popular audio and video courses for The Great Courses. He has been featured in Time, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post, and has appeared on NBC, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, BBC, and NPR. His most recent book is Heaven and Hell.

Reviews

"Ehrman's twin strengths are deep knowledge and an accessible style. This displays both in spades."
-- Booklist
"Ehrman's eloquent understanding of how death is viewed through many spiritual traditions is scintillating, fresh, and will appeal to scholars and lay readers alike."
-- Publisher's Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
"A readable book of popular Christianity."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Expect delightful, informative examinations of ancient ideas about heaven and hell; ideas that have evolved as human needs and desires have also evolved."
-- Library Journal (starred review)
"This is a complex history, and it could easily become confusing or, worse, boring. But Ehrman has avoided both pitfalls... Ehrman has the expertise necessary to make this difficult subject comprehensible. Even better, his witty, self-deprecatory style makes Heaven and Hell an enjoyable read. Most importantly, this is an optimistic book."
-- Bookpage (STARRED REVIEW)
"In Heaven and Hell, Bart Ehrman provides an informative, engaging, and compelling account of the evolution of conceptions about the afterlife."
--Psychology Today
"Heaven and Hell is a tour de force: erudite, provocative, and often fun."
--Washington Independent Review of Books
"This elegant history explores the evolution of the concept of the afterlife in Western thought... Well-trod subjects are presented with engaging clarity, and more contentious theories are laid out carefully."
-- New Yorker
"The reader is struck by his nimbleness in drawing the thread of this rich-layered narrative, sprinkling larger thematic arcs with anecdotes that honor the non-lineal and multivalent nature of eschatological thought."
-- Boston Globe


"Thanks to COVID-19, mortality--and what awaits those who pass from this life--is at the forefront of many people's minds. Bart D. Ehrman's Heaven and Hell, then, is an inadvertently prescient read."
-- Smithsonian Magazine