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By Michael J. Harner

ISBN-10: 0709139047

ISBN-13: 9780709139041

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Ecclesiastes delivers a similar message: Man and beast “all go to one place; all are from the dust and all turn to dust again” (3:20). Yet this life is intended for pleasure: “Go eat your bread with enjoyment and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already approved what you do” (9:7). indd 34 11/24/2010 6:39:54 PM 35 End-Times and Doom-Eagerness The Figures of Resurrection and Eternity—No End in Sight Their hope was rich with immortality. Wisdom of Solomon 3:4 It is for you that paradise is opened, the tree of life is planted, the age to come is prepared, plenty is provided, a city is built, rest is appointed, goodness is established and wisdom perfected beforehand.

I turn my attention next to the end of the grand narrative. indd 30 11/24/2010 6:39:36 PM End-Times and Doom-Eagerness If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15 God promises the Fire of Hell as a permanent home for the hypocrites, both men and women, and the disbelievers: this is enough for them. ” Kermode, The Sense of an Ending 8 Critics from the time of Aristotle speak of the doctrine of narrative inevitability: stories that begin must end, and end in a way that is congruent with their beginnings and their middles.

Hesiod makes their role a divinely mandated one—to bring evil into the world and remain for all time a troubler of men. Ovid provides another creator in the classical tradition. ” Ovid’s unnamed God (like the Old Testament Yahweh) calms the seething elements, separating earth from sky, air from water, and makes the earth, a “delicately poised” sphere with all its waters, winds, valleys and meadows, mountains and climactic zones; he creates weather in all its manifestations. He sets the stars aflame and enlivens the whole, creating fish, beasts, and birds.

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