Pau Figueras, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at Ben Gurion University in the Negev, has written a slender volume that covers a broad spectrum of material. It is included among the resources in the Gorgias Handbook series. In the Introduction, the author states that this book, which derives from part of his doctoral dissertation, “was written many years ago” (1). The 12-page bibliography reflects this. Most of the listed sources were published in the 1950s and 60s; only four appeared after 1970.

The material is divided into six chapters. Chapter One, which is devoted to canonical and deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament, offers a very brief discussion of general themes ranging from the concept of life to the nascent emergence of belief in the resurrection of the dead and immortality of the soul. The next chapter, on apocryphal literature,...

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