What lies beyond: Conceptions of the afterlife in the ancient world

We are currently reviewing this course and its format in view of safe distancing recommendations  due to COVID.

Joanne Backhouse & Michael Tunnicliffe

This day school will consider ancient societies expectations of the afterlife, focusing on ancient Egypt and the bible. The ancient Egyptians views evolved overtime, for most part they had a dual conception of the afterlife, centred in the sky or subterranean, both of which they hoped to join the gods. For a successful afterlife they must be correctly mummified and have passed the judgement of the gods; the outcome of which could be ensured by the application of amulets and the recitation of prayers. Biblical concepts changed over time. In the earliest period there was only the prospect of a gloomy twilight existence in Sheol. But perhaps under Persian influence and Greek persecution more positive ideas of a resurrection life at least for some grew. By the New Testament these ideas were commonplace and are reflected in the Gospel stories and Paul’s letters and on into the following Christian centuries.

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Day: Saturday 19 September 2020 (postponed from Saturday 9 May)
Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester  M2 1NL

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£40 n/a 10 40

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Contact details:
Dr Joanne Backhouse
42 Urmson Road, Wallasey, Merseyside  CH45 7LG
email: joback42@liverpool.ac.uk   phone: 07724 947963
Michael Tunnicliffe
5 St George’s Way, Kingsmead, Northwich CW9 8XG
email: mtunni@sky.com  phone: 01606 42116