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After LivesA Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory$
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John Casey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195092950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.001.0001

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Mesopotamia and Israel

Mesopotamia and Israel

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(p.43) 3 Mesopotamia and Israel
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After Lives
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.003.0004

This chapter discusses the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Book of Job. The former, which should be considered as a tragic drama and at the same time an example of wisdom literature, can be seen as an example of ancient humanism, for it both explores a temptation to hope for immortality, and rebukes that temptation, depicting it as a failure of true human wisdom, and a failure to understand the rational consolations of life. The Book of Job is also a tragic drama, with absurdist elements, which does not attempt to solve intellectually the problem of evil and injustice, but to confront it. Both works present imaginatively experience which has a depth of reality that in effect excludes hope for immortality.

Keywords:   Gilgamesh, wisdom literature, humanism, mortality, rational consolation, Job, tragic drama, justice, absurdism

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