Binding: 1/4 Cloth
Book Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Publisher: Ithaca And London: Cornell University Press, 1993.
First edition/first printing in Fine condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with some minor tearing along the edges.
The Formation of Hell: Death and Retribution in the Ancient and Early Christian Worlds tells the story of how the ancient and early Christian world conceived of hell and how this conception influenced the way they treated death and retribution. Bernstein examines the views of early Christians and how their understanding of hell shaped the way they viewed death and the afterlife. He looks at the evidence from scripture, philosophy, and mythology to show how hell evolved from a place of punishment to a place of eternal torment.; 392 pages.