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Author Russell, Jeffrey Burton.

Title A history of heaven : the singing silence / Jeffrey Burton Russell
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1997]


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Description xv, 220 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents Ch. 1. Understanding Heaven -- Ch. 2. Elysium, Jerusalem, and Paradise -- Ch. 3. The Heaven of the Early Christians -- Ch. 4. Returning to God -- Ch. 5. Heaven, East and West -- Ch. 6. Visions of Heaven -- Ch. 7. Journeys to Heaven -- Ch. 8. Wooing the Bridegroom -- Ch. 9. The Desire of the Intellect -- Ch. 10. The Fire of Love -- Ch. 11. Approaching Paradise -- Ch. 12. The Heavenly Paradise -- Ch. 13. Hearing the Silence
Summary Using current scholarly insights together with a vast store of knowledge gathered from the past, Russell takes the idea of heaven as valid and important in itself - something to be understood from the point of view of those believing in it. His very use of language immerses us in the thoughts of those who have sought heaven and provides rich material for contemplation
Well known for his historical accounts of Satan and hell, Jeffrey Burton Russell here explores the brighter side of eternity: heaven. Dispensing with the cliche images of goodness that can make even heaven seem unbearable, the author stimulates our imagination with a history of how the joy of paradise has been conceived by writers, philosophers, and artists for whom heaven was an imminent reality. Russell not only explores concepts found among the ancient Jews, Greeks, and Romans, as well as early and medieval Christians, but also addresses the intellectual problems heaven poses: how does time "pass" in eternity? is heaven a place or a state? who is in and who is not? what happens to the body and soul between death and Judgment Day? Russell stresses that the best way to approach the logic-defying concept of a place occupying neither space nor time is through poetry and paradox, and through the visions of such mystics as Bernard, Julian of Norwich, and Eckhart
Analysis Heaven - History of doctrines
Notes Includes a bibliography and indexes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-210) and index
Subject Heaven -- History of doctrines.
LC no. 96041002
ISBN 0691011613 (cloth : acid-free paper)