The concepts of the afterlife in Rabbinic Judaism
Although concepts of the afterlife are central and pervasive in Rabbinic Judaism, the Hebrew Bible says surprisingly little about the world to come. The immortality of the soul, the resurrection of the dead, heaven and hell are all concepts that await the Judaisms of the Second Temple for elaboration. As the Rabbis then developed these notions into what became defining elements of Rabbinic Judaism, there was characteristic disagreement among the sages about the nature of the afterlife. We will conclude by looking at the attempt of Maimonides to systematize the conflicting statements of the sages concerning the afterlife in his commentary on the Mishnah.