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Immortality and the Unseen World

W. O. E. Oesterley (1866-1950)

1. 01 - Chapter 1 - Some preliminary considerations
2. 02 - Chapter 2 - The Old Testament teaching on the constituent parts of Man
3. 03 - Chapter 3 - The Demonology of the Semites
4. 04 - Chapter 4 - The Demonology of the Old Testament
5. 05 - Chapter 5 - The Angelology of the Old Testament
6. 06 - Chapter 6 - The Rephaim
7. 07 - Chapter 7 - Sheol, the place of the Departed
8. 08 - Chapter 8 - Ancestor-Worship and the cult of the Dead (I)
9. 09 - Chapter 9 - Ancestor-Worship and the cult of the Dead (II)
10. 10 - Chapter 10 - Necromancy
11. 11 - Chapter 11 part 1 - Mourning and burial customs
12. 12 - Chapter 11 part 2 - Mourning and burial customs
13. 13 - Chapter 12 - Immortality the normal lot of Man
14. 14 - Chapter 13 - The development of belief

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The full title of this book is Immortality and the Unseen World - A Study in Old Testament Religion. Oesterley describes the beliefs that pre-Christian Hebrews and Semites held regarding the afterlife and the immortal nature of humans. The nature, form and evolution of these beliefs are derived from the Tanakh (Old Testament), comparisons with the beliefs and mythologies of neighboring cultures, and archeological finds. To develop a full study, additional beliefs of these people are also considered, including the beliefs of the constituent parts of humans; demonology, angelology, shades and the Satan; the home of the dead, ancestor worship, necromancy, and burial customs. Oesterley also hypothesizes on how primitive beliefs in immortality may have developed in pre-Christian times.