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The afterlife is the continued existence of human beings after physical death, either in a specific realm or on the earth. It can also be called “life after death,” “the hereafter,” or “the postmortem existence.” The early Christian belief in an afterlife is manifested in several aspects: various ideas of the abode of the dead, an intermediate state…

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Somov, Alexey, “Afterlife”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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