Heaven and Hell

Pages: 352
Subject: Religion
Imprint: Oneworld

Heaven and Hell

A History of the Afterlife

Bart D. Ehrman

The bestselling historian of early Christianity takes on two of the most gripping questions of human existence - where did the ideas of heaven and hell come from, and why do they endure?
9781786077202 (2 Apr 2020)
RRP £20.00

The Book

Whether we believe in them or not, we are all familiar with the concepts of heaven and hell. There was a time, however, when no one thought they would go to either of these places after they died. So where did these ideas come from?

In Heaven and Hell, Bart Ehrman provides a fascinating history of the afterlife, spanning the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Old Testament, the teachings of Jesus and his early followers, and the writings of Augustine. Beginning in a time when Greeks, Jews and Christians held competing views of the afterlife, he reveals how the ideas of heaven and hell were closely connected with the social, cultural and historical worlds out of which they emerged.

Additional Information

Subject Religion
Pages 352
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the New York Times bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus and How Jesus Became God. He has contributed to such major publications and media outlets as Time, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, NBC, CNN and the BBC.


‘A humane, thoughtful and intelligent historian.'

- New York Times

‘A great scholar.'

- Tom Holland

‘Ehrman's eloquent understanding of how death is viewed through many spiritual traditions is scintillating, fresh, and will appeal to scholars and lay readers alike.'

- Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

‘Ehrman's twin strengths are deep knowledge and an accessible style. This displays both in spades.'

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