Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina, Resurrecting the Resurrection: Eschatology and Exegesis in Late Antique Zoroastrianism

In this paper, I will respond to the recent works of an Iranist, Jean Kellens, and a Historian of Religion, Jan Bremmer, both of whom have questioned the existence of universal eschatology and the resurrection in early Zoroastrianism. I will do so through a close reading of one section of Dēnkard Book 9, a ninth century C.E. Pahlavi commentary on the Old Avesta. The hermeneutic logic of this text and the existence of its Avestan original—Fragment Westergaard 4.1-3—provide us with a unique opportunity to examine the many intricate associations between myth, ritual, and eschatology made by the Zoroastrian interpreters of late antiquity.