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date: 16 October 2019

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This article discusses the physical contexts of Jewish death during the Roman period and tries to determine if people believed in the afterlife. It describes the monumental tombs of the late second temple period. It observes a relevant transition that occurred in Jerusalem and its environs sometime during the late first century bce. It introduces the concepts of ossuary burial and charnel burial, and examines the Jewish burial practices during late antiquity.

Keywords: Jewish death, afterlife, monumental tombs, ossuary burial, charnel burial, burial practices

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