"This elegant history explores the evolution of the concept of the afterlife in Western thought... Well-trod subjects are presented with engaging clarity, and more contentious theories are laid out carefully."
— New Yorker
"The reader is struck by his nimbleness in drawing the thread of this rich-layered narrative, sprinkling larger thematic arcs with anecdotes that honor the non-lineal and multivalent nature of eschatological thought."
— Boston Globe
"A readable book of popular Christianity."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Thanks to COVID-19, mortality—and what awaits those who pass from this life—is at the forefront of many people’s minds. Bart D. Ehrman’s Heaven and Hell, then, is an inadvertently prescient read."
— Smithsonian Magazine
"Heaven and Hell is a tour de force: erudite, provocative, and often fun."
—Washington Independent Review of Books
"Ehrman’s eloquent understanding of how death is viewed through many spiritual traditions is scintillating, fresh, and will appeal to scholars and lay readers alike."
— Publisher's Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
"Expect delightful, informative examinations of ancient ideas about heaven and hell; ideas that have evolved as human needs and desires have also evolved."
— Library Journal (starred review)
"Ehrman's twin strengths are deep knowledge and an accessible style. This displays both in spades."
"This is a complex history, and it could easily become confusing or, worse, boring. But Ehrman has avoided both pitfalls... Ehrman has the expertise necessary to make this difficult subject comprehensible. Even better, his witty, self-deprecatory style makes Heaven and Hell an enjoyable read. Most importantly, this is an optimistic book."
— Bookpage (STARRED REVIEW)
"In Heaven and Hell, Bart Ehrman provides an informative, engaging, and compelling account of the evolution of conceptions about the afterlife."
— The Economist