The Jewish folk pre Babylon believed when you died you went to sheol.
She’ol (/ˈʃiːoʊl/ shee-ohl or /ˈʃiːəl/ shee-əl; Hebrew שְׁאוֹל Šʾôl), translated as “grave”, “pit”, or “abode of the dead”, is the Hebrew term for the place of the dead, the common grave of humans, or underworld of the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures. It is a place of darkness to which all the dead go, both the righteous and the unrighteous, regardless of the moral choices made in life, a place of stillness and darkness cut off from life and from God
It was only after Cyrus the Great and his Zoroastrian Magi enter the frame, that resurrection enters the holy Bible.
And if you check out this article you’ll see there is a question mark over Cyrus motives.
WHAT DID JESUS REALLY SAY ABOUT DEATH?
In my book, What is this thing called GO(o)D?, I show how its more likely that Jesus was an Essen Jew known as the Righteous teacher of the Qumran community of Essenes that lived on the Dead Sae Scrolls. Further, his Brother James the Just may well have become this communities leader with the passing of Jesus.
12. The disciples said to Jesus, “We know that you are going to leave us. Who will be our leader?”
Jesus said to them, “No matter where you are you are to go to James the Just, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.”
More likely that, than believing that a Christian Community with a Bishop shared Jerusalem with the Pharisees for at least 10 years, methinks.
So, if this is the true story what did Jesus say about death. Let’s have a look at the sayings on the topic from the Jesus Gospel. The ancient Gospel of Thomas discovered in 1945 AD.
We learn from the very opening saying that death is a topic covered. For a full interpretation of all Jesus sayings recorded by Thomas , go here.
1. And he said, “Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.”
Could it be that Jesus uses the same context of death as Plato, and taste is to be interpreted as fear. YES ! is it not to say true that the virtues hold no preoccupation with death.
“Then how can he who has magnificence of mind and is the spectator of all time and all existence, think much of human life?
Or can such a one account death fearful?
Then the cowardly and mean nature has no part in true philosophy?”
Book VI of the Republic by Plato.
And what about these is there a connection.
51. His disciples said to him, “When will the rest for the dead take place, and when will the new world come?”
He said to them, “What you are looking forward to has come, but you don’t know it.”
58. Jesus said, “Congratulations to the person who has toiled and has found life.”
59. Jesus said, “Look to the living one as long as you live, otherwise you might die and then try to see the living one, and you will be unable to see.”
60. He saw a Samaritan carrying a lamb and going to Judea. He said to his disciples, “that person … around the lamb.” They said to him, “So that he may kill it and eat it.” He said to them, “He will not eat it while it is alive, but only after he has killed it and it has become a carcass.”
They said, “Otherwise he can’t do it.”
He said to them, “So also with you, seek for yourselves a place for rest, or you might become a carcass and be eaten.”
61. Jesus said, “Two will recline on a couch; one will die, one will live.”
Salome said, “Who are you mister? You have climbed onto my couch and eaten from my table as if you are from someone.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the one who comes from what is whole. I was granted from the things of my Father.”
“I am your disciple.”
“For this reason I say, if one is whole, one will be filled with light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness.”
If, like me you take the time to carefully read all of the Jesus sayings and consider other religious and spiritual texts, you may come to know that Resurrection is most certainly a fabricated notion that has no basis in reality. But have no fear, it doesn’t change a thing. Beliefs are only thoughts, they are not reality. Peace and Joy, its held in our quite moments and later reflections.
91. They said to him, “Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you.”
He said to them, “You examine the face of heaven and earth, but you have not come to know the one who is in your presence, and you do not know how to examine the present moment.”
92. Jesus said, “Seek and you will find.
In the past, however, I did not tell you the things about which you asked me then. Now I am willing to tell them, but you are not seeking them.”