The Death of Death: Resurrection
and Immortality in Jewish Thought
Does death end life, or is it the passage from one stage of life to
another? In The Death of Death, noted theologian Neil Gillman offers readers an original
and compelling argument that Judaism, a religion often thought to pay little attention to
the afterlife, delivers a deathblow to death itself. This new work is an intellectual and
spiritual milestone for all of us interested in the meaning of life, as well as the
meaning of death. Combining astute scholarship with keen historical, theological, and
liturgical insights, Gillman traces the evolution of Jewish thought about death and the
afterlife. From Judaism' s original belief not only in the afterlife but in bodily resurrection,
to later ambivalence about resurrection and reincarnation, today, somewhat surprisingly,
more contemporary Jewish scholars including Gillman have unabashedly returned to the notion
of bodily resurrection.
The Death of Death gives new life to a very old debate. By exploring Jewish thought
about death and the afterlife, it presents readers with challenging new ideas.