The Invisible Tomb
History in the Hebrew Bible was a crowded tomb filled with the bones of ancestors. But the embodiment of the afterlife in biblical literature served a greater purpose. In the Hebrew Bible and in Judaism the ancestors and their histories continue to serve as charters for living communities. The memories of the dead were blessings, and the biblical stories of their burial and of the preservation of their bones served as invisible tombs. In this manner, the collective association of the dead effectively embodied an afterlife ideal in the form of the ancestors.
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