Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Alison Schofield, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Carl Raschke

Third Advisor

Sarah Pessin


Afterlife, Death, Immortality, Judaism, Medieval, Soul


Afterlife and the concept of soul in Judaism is one of the main subjects that are discussed in the academia. There are some misassumptions related to hereafter and the fate of the soul after departing the body in Judaism. Since the Hebrew Bible does not talk about the death and afterlife clearly, some average people and some scholars claim that there is nothing relevant to the hereafter. However, in this study I put the Hebrew Bible to conversation with ancient cult of the dead and Medieval Jewish philosophers Saadya Gaon and Yehuda Halevi to proof the existence of afterlife and immortality of the soul in Judaism; even though Judaism is defined as the religion of this world and present time by some Jews and described by some scholars as the religion that does not have an afterlife concept in it.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Adem Irmak


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

66 p.


Philosophy of Religion, Biblical studies, Judaic studies