“If the curse of death which separates man from God is abolished in the death of God, natural death remains, which existentialist interpretation makes it possible to accept: the resurrection hope means ‘God is my beyond’.” – Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God
Böcklin, Arnold. The Deposition. Tempera on panel. 1876.
“זְכָר־אֲנִ֥י מֶה־חָ֑לֶד עַל־מַהשָּׁ֝֗־וְא בָּרָ֥אתָ כָל־בְּנֵי־אָדָֽם׃
מִ֤י גֶ֣בֶר יִֽ֭חְיֶה וְלֹ֣א יִרְאֶה־מָּ֑וֶת יְמַלֵּ֨ט נַפְשֹׁ֖ו מִיַּד־שְׁאֹ֣ול סֶֽלָה׃”
— Psalms 89:48-49 (BHS)
“Remember how short my time is—
for what vanity you have created all mortals!
Who can live and never see death?
Who can escape the power of Sheol?”
— Psalms 89:47-48 (NRSV)
Bouguereau, William-Adolphe. The First Mourning. 1888. Oil on canvas.
“People talk about how you’re supposed to live as if you’re gonna die tomorrow, but if you think about it, it’s a very stressful way to live.” — Falling Overnight (2011)