“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..jpg
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.
Bouguereau, William-Adolphe. The First Mourning. 1888. Oil on canvas.