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QUESTION:

What do the Jewish people believe in regard to life after death?


ANSWER:

Basically our people have always believed in life everlasting as it is expressed by the great Jewish Rabbi, Moses Maimonides (1135-1204).

In one of his 13 Articles of Faith (the principles of the Jewish faith) he said: “I firmly believe that there will be a resurrection from the dead at a time which will please the Creator, blessed and exalted be His name forever and ever. For thy salvation, I hope, O’ Lord. O’ Lord I hope, O’ Lord for thy salvation,” (Jewish Daily Prayer Book).

But, Reformed Jewish people generally do not believe in life after death.

Of course, we know that the Hebrew Scriptures teach life everlasting. For example:Job cried out in his great pain, 26“Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; Job 19:26 NASB

The Jewish prophet Isaiah, looked forward to the time of the resurrection when he asked,

19Your dead will live; Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits. Isaiah 26:19 NASB

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